AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn is no longer judging its performances
by the final score.
Carnell Williams rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, and
the Tigers (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) allowed only 110 yards in a 42-10 rout of Kentucky
on Saturday. But Williams wasn't impressed.
"It kind of showed you how talented this team is," said
Williams, who had his first 100-yard performance in six games. "We
didn't play too good at all."
The end result was the same for the Tigers (8-0, 5-0
Southeastern Conference), who began the week by debuting at No. 4
in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
They overpowered the league's worst defense to overcome a
stretch of sloppy play, and rode the nation's No. 2 scoring defense
to a fifth straight blowout.
Auburn will take it, pretty or not.
"We didn't play our best game, and we won by 32 points," said
Ronnie Brown, who scored on runs of 12 and 17 yards. "That just
says a lot about our team coming together."
It also says plenty about the Wildcats (1-6, 0-4), who have
dropped five consecutive games and 14 in a row against the Tigers.
Williams, who needed only 17 carries for his third 100-yard game
of the season, scored on runs of 1 and 9 yards in the first quarter
as Auburn opened up a 21-0 lead in the first 10:29.
Jason Campbell completed 11 of 15 passes for 127 yards but this
game belonged to the running backs and the defense, and neither
disappointed. All three offensive stars sat out the fourth quarter.
Redshirt freshman Andre' Woodson was sacked seven times in his
first start at quarterback for Kentucky with Shane Boyd sidelined
by a shoulder injury. He was 14-of-26 passing for only 73 yards and
lost two fumbles, the second returned for a late 15-yard score by
Well, he can't say Quentin Groves didn't warn him.
"I told him the first time I hit him, 'I'm going to be back
here all day, baby," said Groves, who had three sacks and forced
The Tigers held Kentucky to 37 yards on 36 rushes, constantly
penetrating the line to harass Woodson and bury the runners.
"I could have played a lot better, but they are the No. (3)
team in the nation and they showed why," Woodson said.
Auburn scored touchdowns on its first three possessions after
opening at Kentucky's 29, 35 and 19 with help from two short punts
and a fumble by Woodson.
"It was one of the worst starts to a football game that I have
ever been part of," said Wildcats coach Rich Brooks, calling his
Then the Tigers got sloppy and led only 21-7 at the half.
Rafael Little's 3-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 in the
second quarter was the first rushing score the Tigers have given up
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville then inserted the No. 2 offense,
and backup quarterback Brandon Cox promptly was intercepted by
Antoine Huffman at the Tigers 40. The defense saved them by forcing
However, Auburn's last drive of the half ended with two
consecutive penalties -- one negating a touchdown pass to Courtney
Taylor -- and a sack.
Campbell fumbled a snap from backup center Steven Ross -- subbing
for an injured Jeremy Ingle -- on the second play of the third
quarter. Kentucky answered with Taylor Begley's 37-yard field goal.
That got the Tigers going again.
Auburn responded by moving 80 yards on nine plays with Brown
scoring on a 17-yarder and the rout was on again. Campbell
converted a fourth-and-3 with a 7-yard pass to Taylor on the
previous play and Williams scampered 36 yards into Wildcats
Kentucky's leading rusher, Tony Dixon, aggravated an ankle
injury early and didn't return. Brooks said he and Boyd are out
Tuberville found plenty of fault in the Tigers' effort,
including 10 penalties for 90 yards.
"When you are in control of the game like that, there is not a
whole lot of emotion or enthusiasm," he said.