Jeremy Johnson help push Auburn past Idaho on Saturday
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Jeremy Johnson said the game plan was to spread the passes among his receivers and to throw deep.
The Auburn quarterback did both Saturday while accounting for four touchdowns in Saturday's 56-34 win over Idaho.
"We've been preaching to just spread the ball more and give those guys a chance to make plays, and they did," said Johnson, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, now heading into next week's game against Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"I've been confident, and this game is just a lot of momentum for this team and for myself," Johnson said. "It's great win we'll enjoy."
Auburn spread the ball around, all right, and occasionally threw deep, too. Eleven players had carries. Six players caught passes. Johnson was the only quarterback with a pass attempt, although Jonathan Wallace and Tucker Tuberville played the position as well.
Johnson, who started the first three games of the season, has now started the last three games. He was 13-of-19 passing for 163 yards Saturday. He scored on touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards. He's 4-2 as a starter.
Coach Gus Malzahn said he was pleased with Johnson's latest effort.
"I thought Jeremy did a good job in the air, and I thought he did a good job on the ground," Malzahn said. "He managed the offense very well. He made a couple of really good decisions on the zone read. He really managed the offense well."
Johnson's longest play was a 56-yard completion to Ricardo Louis.
Johnson said the long passes allowed "those guys a chance to make plays, which they did today. It felt good. It just felt good to have a victory."
Louis said the plan to open up the playbook.
"Coach has been saying they were giving me chances down field, and they did that and I was just trying to make a play on it," Louis said. "I need that moving forward for me and Jeremy to get that rhythm back that we had in camp and the spring going deep."
Now, it's time to play Alabama.
"You've got to cherish the moment," Johnson said. "We've got to play our best game of the season."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine