We are now in the middle of October, and one has to say that Auburn’s Cam Newton should be strongly considered in the Heisman Trophy conversation.
“I’m not going to act like I’m an expert on that, but certainly his numbers grab people’s attention,” Chizik said. “He’s played really well and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. The people who will make that decision won’t be me.”
Cam Newton has certainly done everything that Auburn has asked of him, and once again he had a monster game to help lead the Tigers to a 37-34 win over SEC rival Kentucky.
Auburn sprinted out to a big lead, but Kentucky battled back to tie the score in the fourth quarter. However, the junior dual-threat quarterback was responsible for 74 yards on Auburn’s time-consuming game winning drive that resulted in Wes Bynum’s 24-yard field goal as time expired.
Newton ran for a career-high 198 yards and four touchdowns and completed 13 of 21 passes for 210 yards for the victorious Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference).
For Kentucky, Randall Cobb had an equally impressive performance. Cobb did a little bit of everything : completed a pass for a 6 yard touchdown from the wildcat position, ran the ball 11 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns and caught seven passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips was disappointed the Wildcats came up short, but pleased about the effort given by his team.
“Our guys were into it, played hard, played inspired, played with emotions, made plays when we needed to have them made,” said Kentucky coach Joker Phillips. “We just came up a little short.”
Auburn has been involved in three wins that were decided by three points or less and will likely move up in the college football rankings. However, it seems the Tigers are able to make the plays needed to pull out the win.
“We methodically did the things you have to do to win games,” Chizik said. “This is kind of another one in the string of finding different ways to win.”
Auburn will face Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday on October 16th. Kentucky will face South Carolina next Saturday in Lexington on Saturday, October 16th.