Auburn's Defense Picks Apart WVU

By Gawthrop, Brian | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 2, 2009 | Go to article overview

Auburn's Defense Picks Apart WVU


Gawthrop, Brian, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


AUBURN, Ala. -- Long after the torrential downpours came and left Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, Auburn continued to pour on West Virginia.

The Tigers took advantage of five Jarrett Brown turnovers, including three fourth-quarter interceptions, to escape with a 41- 30 victory following an hour-and-a-half delay due to heavy rain and thunderstorms.

West Virginia true freshman quarterback Geno Smith also was picked off after replacing an injured Brown late in the fourth quarter.

Brown entered the game having not thrown an interception this season. However, his four yesterday were crucial.

The senior's first came in the second quarter by Auburn's Neiko Thorpe, allowing the Tigers to march 43 yards and Wes Byrum to kick a 42-yard field goal to bring the Tigers within eight, 21-13.

Brown's final two resulted in Auburn touchdowns.

After Auburn failed to convert on a fourth-and-four, Brown threw his second interception of the game and the Tigers took advantage again. Chris Todd found Darvin Adams in the corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown -- Adams' third of the game -- to give the Auburn its first lead, 34-30, with 12:07 left.

On WVU's ensuing possession, Brown overthrew receiver Wes Lyons deep into Auburn territory, ending the Mountaineers' hopes of a comeback.

Brown's final interception by Auburn's Craig Stevens was returned for a 15-yard touchdown with 3:41 left in the game to give Auburn a 41-30 lead. …

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