Peyton Barber saves Auburn again in a close win

first_imgAuburn Tigers running back Peyton Barber (25) celebrates with Auburn Tigers fullback Kamryn Pettway (36) after scoring touchdown during overtime of the NCAA Auburn vs. Jacksonville State on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Albert Cesare / AdvertiserAuburn Tigers running back Peyton Barber (25) celebrates with Auburn Tigers fullback Kamryn Pettway (36) after scoring touchdown during overtime of the NCAA Auburn vs. Jacksonville State on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. Albert Cesare / AdvertiserPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Auburn Tigers running back Peyton Barber (25) runs downfield during second half of the NCAA Auburn vs. Jacksonville State on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser/Albert Cesare) Albert Cesare / AdvertiserAuburn Tigers running back Peyton Barber (25) runs downfield during second half of the NCAA Auburn vs. Jacksonville State on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser/Albert Cesare) Albert Cesare / Advertiser Session ID: 2020-09-18:e05f5dd65da0bd6b9a8991d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-212107-4481055680001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.AUBURN – As he watched his son at the post-game media podium, Peyton Barber’s father was grinning from ear to ear.It was a second straight that Ken Barber knew Auburn doesn’t get a win without the services of his son.In his first career start, Peyton Barber finished his second straight game with over 100 yards as the sophomore led all players with 125 yards on 23 carries in Auburn’s 27-20 overtime victory.“I just kept saying to everybody we can’t lose to this team,” Barber said. “And that’s not a knock to them but that just wouldn’t have looked good.”When asked if Barber understood the magnitude of what a loss to Jacksonville State would’ve meant, the sophomore tailback couldn’t help but smile as he answered.“Oh yes,” Barber said. “Yes I do.”Jacksonville State was unable to contain Barber in-between the tackles as he was the only Auburn back to get to the second level of the opposing defense on runs.Barber not only had the game-winning touchdown in overtime, but had a crucial third-down reception where he broke two tackles and extended the game-tying drive. In a two-week stretch, Barber went from wondering if he would get any carries in the rotation to being the team workhorse in two straight weeks.“It gives me a lot more confidence than I had going into last week I can tell you that,” Barber said. “We just have to keep moving forward and get to 3-0 next week.”With his 240 yards through two games this season, Barber is likely to be listed as one of the leading rushers in the Southeastern Conference but judging by the nature and comments of Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, Barber is not likely to be guaranteed a starting spot.With about three minutes left in the game and Auburn down 20-13, it was sophomore Roc Thomas was the one who got the carry. The opening week starter fumbled nearly giving Auburn what would’ve been a devastating loss to a Football Championship Subdivision program.When asked if Barber should be named his starting running back, Malzahn went about as far as ever has without making it a permanent appointment.“He’s had two back-to-back weeks and it’s all about production,” Malzahn said. “A lot of those were hard yards at the end. He’s in a good spot.”last_img