September 20, 2009
Rivals100 WR likes AU passing game
Thibodaux (La.) receiver Trovon Reed watched Auburn rack up the 691 rushing yards in its first two games.
But Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium he saw a different facet of the Tigers' high-octane offense. With West Virginia determined to stop AU's running game by bringing up their safeties into the box, they dared Auburn to pass the ball.
Auburn obliged throwing for a season-high 300 yards and erasing an early deficit for a 41-30 win.
"They looked like Florida out there," Reed said. "I'm used to seeing Auburn run the ball, run the ball, but last night they were passing. That really caught me off-guard.
"Coach Malzahn told me they were going to pass the ball. I'm thinking run, run, pass. To me, it looked like pass, pass, run. That's helping the receivers get their stock up and getting them hyped for the pro's."
Sophomore Darvin Adams put on a show catching six passes for 80 yards and three touchdowns.
"Every time I come down here that's who I hang out with, Darvin," Reed said. "He always told me, 'I'm going to do this. I'm going to do that.' I thought he was just talking but he showed me that he really could do it.
"He's a guy I could learn from."
Auburn's passing game wasn't the only thing that caught Reed's eye Saturday night. The fans that stayed through a 1-hour delay and heavy rain showers also made a big impression.
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