If Auburn is going to be successful moving the football against the LSU defense this Saturday night, the Tigers will have to move the chains, which means creating manageable third-down situations. Last season Auburn struggled on third down because their average distance needed for a conversion was 8.3 yards. This season the Auburn offense has been more consistent on first down averaging well over 6-yards per play on first down. This has kept the third-down distance needed to 6.0 yards.
On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 5 from the MSU 31-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 4-WR set and C.J. Uzomah is split out wide on the boundary side with Marcus Davis in the slot. Just before the snap, Uzomah ***** inside towards Davis because the OLB is edging up for a blitz look.
Auburn runs a combo route on the boundary side with Davis running an underneath out-route to Uzomah's square-in route. The CB is playing off the line giving up space to Uzomah and the safeties are in a cover-2. The CB releases off Uzomah to jump the quick out to Davis leaving Uzomah wide open underneath the safety.
Nick Marshall fires the pass to Uzomah, who hauls the pass in and gains extra yardage after the reception. The play results in a first down and 17-yards gained.