Inside the Numbers:
- Auburn allowed 11 impact plays to the Georgia defense, with 9 coming in the first half. There is not telling how bad it could have been had Georgia elected to pass more often during the second half.
- Michael Dyer passed the 1000-yard mark and could become the first Auburn player to reach the 1000-yard mark 3 times during his career.
- From 1992-2008, Auburn’s defense held their opponent to below 25 percent in scoring possession in 107 of 205 games (52.2 percent). Under Ted Roof, Auburn has reached that goal in only 7 of 37 games (18.9 percent).
- Under Ted Roof, the Auburn defense has allowed over 24 points in 56.8 percent of their games. From 1992-2008, it happened 25.7 percent of the time.
- From 1992-2008, Auburn’s defense allowed the opponent to gain 400-yards or more in 19.4 percent of their games. Under Ted Roof, it’s 37.8 percent.
- From 1992-2008, Auburn’s defense allowed 318.0 yards and 18.5 PPG. Under Ted Roof, the defense has allowed 382.9 yards and 26.5 PPG.
- From 1992-2008, Auburn allowed 121.9 yards rushing per game. Under Ted Roof, Auburn has allowed 149.9 yards per game. From 1992-2008, the opponent rushed for at least 200-yards, 8.7 percent of the time. Under Ted Roof, the opponent has rushed for over 200-yards, 27.0 percent of the time.
- From 1992-2008, the Auburn defense allowed a pass rating of 112.4. Under Ted Roof, the defense has allowed a rating of 128.2.
- Gus Malzahn’s offense at Auburn without Cameron Newton has averaged 352.4 yards and 23.1 PPG against SEC teams. This includes an average of 155.9 yards per game in passing, 18 TD passes and 15 interceptions.
- Emory Blake recorded his second 100-yard game this season. Auburn had (11) 100-yard receivers from 2009-2010 and only 2 this season.
- In the 8 games against ranked opponents, Gus Malzahn’s offense has averaged 312.9 yards and 19.0 PPG against ranked opponents without Cameron Newton at quarterback. This includes 144.4 passing yards per game, 9 TD passes and 12 interceptions.
- 20 of Auburn’s 23 pass attempts went to Emory Blake, Onterio McCalebb and Philip Lutzenkirchen. Blake was targeted 11 times.
- 55 percent of Auburn’s first down plays against UGA went for 3-yards or less. Georgia was held to 3-yards or less on 37 percent of their first down plays.
- 50 percent of UGA’s offensive snaps went for 5-yards or more. 37 percent of AU’s offensive snaps went for 5-yards or more.
- Georgia had 8 different players that recorded a tackle for loss. Auburn had 3.
- From 1951-2008, Auburn has been defeated by 30 or more points, 15 times in 657 games or 1 every 43.8 games. Auburn has been defeated by 30 or more points, twice this season.
- The 38-point loss to Georgia is the worse loss to the Bulldogs since 1951.
This has been a difficult season for all who love Auburn, especially following up a perfect season. It’s important to remember, no one hurts more than the players and coaches, when the team loses. As fans, we need to support the players at all cost, knowing there will be better days down the road. THERE WILL BE BETTER DAYS. As fans, we often become impatient wanting to pull the trigger on coaching changes. I would encourage all to allow the season to play out to see how Gene Chizik will evaluate the future of his coaching staff, when the season is concluded. No changes will be made until that time, so it would be fruitless to trash the coaching staff with 3 games remaining on the season.
For now, the coaches and players must continue to work to make the program stronger for the future. This will come with recruiting and the development of the personnel. As much as we want to see the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers to play well, they will never reach their full potential until the offensive line does. The same can be said about the defense and the performance of the front-four. If you look back to the losses against Arkansas, LSU and Georgia, the difference up front was the most glaring difference.