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Embarrassing moment for Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson goes viral, symbolic of team’s start

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

The chorus calling for Jeremy Johnson’s job at quarterback grew a whole lot louder in a 45-21 loss to LSU Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Johnson showed very little poise as he threw his sixth interception of the season, and showed no touch in the intermediate passing game. 

On the road at Death Valley, Auburn couldn’t afford another lackluster performance from the junior. LSU put added pressure on Auburn by scoring on its first two drives of the game.

The low point for Johnson came early in the game when he provided a much-talked about moment, one that Auburn fans will surely see replayed over, and over as the season goes on.

One of Johnson’s longest plays from scrimmage on the day went 18 yards in the wrong direction. He fumbled the football backwards trying to throw a short pass into the flat.

All he could do was helplessly chase the bouncing ball, and fall on it.

Fans immediately shared vines and GIFs of the moment on social media, and the play will no doubt end up on Sportscenter’s Not Top 10.

“It happens,” Johnson said, of the ball slipping out of his hands.

Johnson’s football fail describes the play, and Auburn’s season so far. The defense had one of its all-time worst performances against the run with Leonard Fournette going for 228 yards.

The only thing that slowed Fournette down was a bruised knee he suffered diving into the end zone for his third touchdown.

LSU finished with 411 rushing yards, and an astounding 8.6 yards per carry.

The fumble will follow Johnson as he tries to regain the trust of his teammates, and fans while the embarrassing loss will stay with Auburn as it tries to prove its pre-season ranking wasn’t a massive mistake.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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