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  1. 49 points
    Sometimes these little things are fun to write; sometimes they're not. And every now and then, they are a LOT of fun to write. Auburn finally exorcising their uga demons has given me an incredibly pleasant weekend. Going into the game, I hoped the pressure of being ranked Number One would weigh on Georgia, and Auburn would come out pressure-free and have a good time playing football. That appeared to be the case. I held some hope for the win based on the fact that Georgia hadn't really played anybody, and it was a certainty that the AU defense was the best they had seen. But I also thought going in that Georgia was better than they turned out to be. Auburn dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but the domination by the Auburn defensive line was beyond anything I imagined. To. A. Man., Georgia's offensive front was whipped play after play. And I don't mean whipped in the eyes of some imaginary "judge." I mean just flat-out WHIPPED. Over and over and over. Now that I've wasted your time re-hashing my feelings on the game, here are some things I think I saw..... The top rushing offense in the SEC had 21 running plays for 19 yards in the first half. As a player, that kind of domination by your opponent gets into your head. You know that something is not as it should be, but you get frustrated trying to figure out what it is and how to fix it. Chandler Cox has been dominant the past two weeks. An exceptional athlete, Cox has struggled with the technique of blocking in space since his arrival at Auburn and his subsequent assignment as THE H-back. Blocking in space requires getting there in a hurry, but coming under control just before contact, so that you don't miss.....then accelerating into the contact at the last instant to generate the necessary force to knock or drive somebody out of the way. Cox appears to have figured that out, and his blocking has been a major factor in Auburn's recent success in the running game. He is fun to watch. Darius Slayton is rapidly becoming a big-time wide receiver. He's dropped a few passes over the course of the season, but he's caught some good ones, and made lots of plays. His TD catch was a thing of beauty, both in terms of body control, and understanding what had to be done to keep the defensive back's hands away from the ball. Slayton actually pulled his own arms and the ball out of the way as he caught the ball, so the DB had no chance to rake the ball out. And Slayton had a key block on Jarrett Stidham's touchdown on a zone read play. A wide receiver who has speed, can catch the ball in traffic, and can block is a genuine treasure. And Slayton is only going to get better with age and experience. Georgia fooled our secondary a couple of times.....three times, actually. But they were only able to execute once.. The flea-flicker they ran was open for a touchdown, but there was enough pressure from the AU front that Fromm couldn't get the pass off and ended up taking a sack. Still, there were at least three busted coverages in the Auburn secondary, and that's too many. Linebacker Darrell Williams stood out to me as making a number of big plays. Williams has impressed me with his knowledge since arriving at Auburn, and did so again yesterday. The call (by Jarrett Stiham, or the sideline) on the screen play to Ryan Davis for a TD was beautifully done. As Alabama has done for years, Georgia showed a blitz from the wide side of the field. The first time they ran it, Stidham ended up keeping the ball for a small loss. The second time, he chose the pass part of the play, and got the ball to Davis, who took it in for a TD. No way I will be able to cover all the defensive players who had an outstanding game this week. One who surprised me, as I hadn't seen a lot from him recently, was Dontavius Russell. He was a brute at defensive tackle, throwing blockers aside and making plays on the Georgia running backs. He was also a factor in the fierce Auburn pass rush. Kudos to that Georgia kid for stepping up against his home--state school. Marlon Davidson was outstanding, but that is the norm for him. Jeff Holland is no doubt in Jake Fromm's dreams. He was, as he has been all season, a constant in the Georgia backfield. Speaking of Georgia kids shining against opponents from their home state, how about Derrick Brown? He stepped up his already formidable game this week, and refused to be blocked by what had appeared to be a decent uga offensive line. Due to dependency on the network TV crews (in this case, CBS), it's tough to get much of a look at the sidelines. But I did catch a shot of two uga players shoving each other near their bench, and the sideline reporter observed that "the Georgia players are fighting among themselves." When it gets to that point, you know you are dominating the game. Once again, Mike Horton was unavailable at left guard, and also once again, Darius James had to leave the game. I think at this point in the season, Auburn's best offensive line includes Tega at left tackle, Dunn at center, Golson at right tackle, and Harrell at left guard. Harrell has improved a great deal over these last three weeks, and Tega has improved well beyond what I'd consider reasonable expectations. He is incredibly quick and athletic, and once he truly knows what to do, he is going to be a genuine stud left tackle. I'm impressed with what he's accomplished since moving to OL. Braden Smith is just a beast. I don't really know how we ended up getting a highly-regarded kid from Kansas, but I'm sure glad we did. He just mauls people like no one else we have. Noticed that we stole a punt return technique from Texas A&M, who ran it against us last week. Two return men back, and one *pretends* he is running to catch the ball on one side of the field, while the other casually positions himself to actually field the punt. Covering a punt is difficult, because you are not certain where the ball is, or where it's going. The easiest way to get yourself to the right place is to watch the return man until the ball comes into your peripheral vision. With the little scheme that aTm ran (and we stole), you are running to the wrong place. I noticed aTm do that last week, and no less than FIVE of the guys covering the punt for Auburn went to the wrong return man. Anyway, AU ran that play yesterday, and Ryan Davis got a 26-yard return out of it. A personal foul penalty on Sony Michel added another 15 yards, so the net was 41 yards.....a big play in any football game. Eli Stove has become a huge factor in Auburn's running game. Credit to Chip Lindsey for finding multiple ways to get Stove the ball on the perimeter. I love a running back with great speed, and that's essentially what Stove provides us. Last I checked, he is averaging around ten yards per carry. How could anybody talk about "what I saw" without mentioning Kerryon Johnson? When he was being recruited as a high school kid, I thought KJ was going to make us an excellent all-around back. He is a LOT more than that. The patience he has in waiting for blocks to fall into place, and the burst he attacks the hole with are both remarkable. What an incredible football player! I'm reminded every week of what a gift we got when Casey Dunn transferred to Auburn. He is not a road-grader, and he is not going to move any buildings, but he is a football player, and having him to take over the center position, allowing Austin Golson to go wherever he is needed has been huge for Auburn's offense. Noticed little Jeremiah Dinson making plays yesterday. Great to see that his skinny body has recovered from the horrendous injury he suffered two years ago. He is the consummate dime back, and is always willing to sacrifice his body to make a play. Love that kid. Auburn played a lot of the time yesterday with a single safety, although they often made it appear they were using two. Playing a lot of press man with a single safety, Kevin Steele used Stephen Roberts as an extra run-support guy. Roberts did it very well, lining up as a safety, and drifting toward the box as the snap was about to come. Tray Matthews had to be happy with the game he had. He got some big-time licks in against his former team, and made some key plays. Thank goodness he is back in the lineup in time for Amen Corner. Noticed young T.D. Moultry a couple of times yesterday. He looks really natural and instinctive. Good things to come for that young man. Our QB is getting better every week. Stidham sold the throwback screen to KJ perfectly, never looking back until he was ready to throw the ball. A brilliantly conceived play, it was executed to perfection. I'd be willing to bet Chip Lindsey has watched it a hundred times already and will watch it a hundred more this week. In a great game like this one, I'm sure I've left out things that should have been mentioned. For that, I apologize. This was a gigantic win, for reasons Auburn people don't need reminding of. I felt like if we couldn't beat Texas A&M, we probably couldn't beat Georgia. Well, we did, and we did. I have also felt like if we could beat Georgia, we could beat Alabama. None of that has any logic or substance to it, but I like the way it sounds. If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time, and WAR EAGLE!!
  2. 28 points
    JMO....but a good letter and hope there is minimum gloating. This is the way it should be done with a bit of dignity.
  3. 27 points
    Good morning all, Like I have done the past home games, I wanted to share a few things maybe the TV cameras did not catch. Last time I did this, I am pretty sure I set the record for face palms, so maybe I will break that record again (although the forum was a lot more doom and gloom at that particular time). I may very well be repeating everything, but lets be honest. Can you really overstate what we just did to UGA? Can one really say 40-17 enough? I won't talk much about the game itself, as that would make this incredibly long, and many other threads dedicated to that. But here we go: Auburn trolled UGA, twice: Before the game, Auburn brought out Nick Fairley to be the honorary mic man. Man was it sure fun to see him again. Cam Newton for the Iron Bowl? Also, during UGA's last drive for a meaningless touchdown, during the review timeout, Auburn played "Crank That," by Soulja Boy. For those that do not know, in 2007 Georgia played that in the last seconds of that "blackout" game where the UGA players were dancing to it in celebration of their win against Auburn. Well, Auburn never forgot and everybody was dancing. EVERYBODY. And on the field too, facing the UGA sideline. As a Georgia resident, this was great. UGA Fans: Georgia's fans have not changed one bit. Very nasty, and unpleasant to be around. Flipping the bird, pushing Auburn fans. But the best moment for me was watching two UGA fans get thrown out of the game next to me. It was a father/daughter and the father was arguing with an Auburn husband/wife saying that the husband was looking at his daughter wrong. I guarantee you, NO ONE was looking at his daughter. Well he got into it with everyone around him, and then threatened to bring a police officer down, which we welcomed and he did. And the police officer did throw someone out alright, but it wasn't who the UGA guy thought. From then on out, the stadium was down two UGA fans. Auburn Fans: Seriously, thank you. Thank you for putting your feelings for Gus aside and coming out in force or this game. Everyone was so supportive and loud the second I stepped on campus. That stadium was one of the loudest I have ever heard. And it was like that all game. Everyone stood up for every play. Even the elderly couple in front of me. I could not have been happier, and those that watched the player interviews know how much that meant to the players. If you watched the Auburn Review show on Sunday, Darius Slayton stopped his interview, looked into the camera and personally thanked everyone. Social Media: The player interviews confirmed something for me. They hear what we say on social media, forums, etc. Marlon Davidson was talking about that Kirby said about our fans not being an issue for his team. That how loud it was would not faze his team. That Auburn used it as motivation. This is a reason why I am an unapologetic sunshine pumper, because I want to do everything I can as a simple fan to help the team. It probably is insignificant, but as the saying goes: "You never know who is watching." Terry Beasley: The man was in the house this weekend, and it sure was fun. There was also an Auburn graduate who was in the Battle of the Bulge, and you could tell he was trying so hard not to cry as he was being recognized. Those moments are always so special to see. I am very glad/proud of what Auburn does to make veterans feel welcome. Marching Band: I knew UGA's marching band would have a fire baton twirler, as they always do for the Auburn game. But Auburn took it up a notch. They incorporated LED lights into their hats, drum heads, and tubas. The lights were synchronized to the music, and well done. The tribute to Vegas was very touching. Those guys really deserve more credit than they get. They put in an insane amount of work. Auburn Players: The Auburn players were playing relaxed, and having fun. They really were communicating with the crowd, really asking us to get loud. Going into the stands, taking pictures with us. Very appreciative of us, and really showing we are all one big family. Many players were quoted after the game saying the coaches this past week were making sure the guys were having fun this week, and maybe that is the key. Andrew Williams was having a blast. He kept coming over to my section and talking to us. I have never seen him that pumped up. Auburn Coaches: We cannot give these guys enough credit. Gus has done an outstanding job. Everything is coming together and peaking at the right time. Great adjustments by everyone. Steele absolutely deserves the Broyles Award. Moving forward: We have a chance to run with anyone in the country right now. We need to take the momentum and run with it, but continue with a chip on our shoulder. Keep reminding the players not to let the LSU game happen again. Play our starters for a half against LA Monroe this weekend to maintain their wits, and pull them after that. I do not want a microscopic bit of rust on Stidham, but I do want to rest him as well. Like Ronnie Brown said, the best has yet to come with our potential. As fans, lets continue to show up and show out. Make the next two games memorable, and lets make the Iron Bowl LOUD. Also, feel free to come say hi at the games. I would love to meet fellow Auburn fans on this forum. I am in Section 2, and am always there 1 hour before the game so it is pretty easy to spot me.
  4. 25 points
    Very bad loss against LSU that lies at the feet of Gus and mistakes specifically on special teams. Now I really believe Gus learned from the LSU loss though and knows you can't just take the foot off of the gas and try to win the second half purely with defense. It would have worked had we not given up a punt return but it was a stupid plan plain and simple. I have nothing else to say about LSU. Ik I predicted us to have 1 loss going into IB and we really should but Gus blew it. Now as for tommorow, I expect us to win and win by 10 points. Really wish KP was healthy but barring an injury to KJ or JS I expect a solid performance. The defense and the players in general are ready to go, I can promise you that our players will give everything they got and want this game bad. Should we win this week as I expect I also think we stand a solid chance to beat bama. Injuries have depleted bama defense. I am not saying we win because of injury, but it doesn't hurt. AU 31 UGA 20
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  6. 24 points
    Gus looked like a HC tonight. He let his coaches coach, but there were Lots of good in game decisions that made a difference that can only be attributed to Gus, such as pooch kicks, challenges, and proper TO's. Previously he looked and meddled like a disgruntled OC that had his ball taken away.
  7. 23 points
    what value does he bring? His players fight for him every game. He inspires them to play hard every game. Coordinators game plan and call plays. HCs influence scheme, inspire players and coaches, create a culture of winning, and motivate towards excellence. Gus' main value, IMO, is how he inspires his teams to always fight for him. They love playing for him.
  8. 22 points
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  10. 21 points
    Game #10 Statistical Evaluation (Georgia Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [6.64] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [30.8%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [5.15] pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [61.5%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [23.1%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [10.0 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [25.0%] fail 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [37.5 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [76.0%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [4/0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [17.7] pass 13) At least 8 impact plays: [8] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [5] pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [191.9] pass Score: 13 of 15 (86.7%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.42] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [21.4%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [1.44] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [25.0%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [50.0%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.34 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [100.0%] fail 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [19.2 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [45.9%] fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [2/1] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [30.5] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [5] pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [2] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [109.5] pass * Bonus Point for holding UGA to 46-yards rushing. Score: 12 of 15 (80.0%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [39.5] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [14.3] fail 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [15.5] pass 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [25.3] fail 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [11.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [4/4] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [4/4] pass Score: 3 of 7 (42.8%) Fail * 50% is a passing score. It was an absolutely perfect performance by Auburn when you consider the stage set for Gus Malzahn's Tigers. This was supposed to be Kirby Smart's game as his undefeated Bulldogs came into Jordan-Hare as the favorite to flex their No. 1 ranking. We heard how Auburn made the mistake of hiring Gus Malzahn over Kirby Smart in 2012 and how the Bulldogs would make the Auburn faithful regret that decision. Smart built his team around a great running game and a dominating defense. They were able to bring along their freshman quarterback this season slowly, and this would be the moment, where he rose to the occasion on the road. The script was written, and for the first five minutes of the game, it appeared the Bulldogs were prepared to close another chapter in this wonderful rivalry. The Auburn offense responded with three consecutive scoring drives but 26 snaps netted 160-yards of offense and only nine points. It was the moment Auburn was destined to blow an early opportunity, allowing the Bulldogs to rally from a two-point deficit. Gus Malzahn was scheduled to mettle with the offense, and undoubtedly it was his "play-calling" inside the red zone, which prevented the Tigers from taking a commanding lead early in the game. The Bulldogs would definitely shake off Auburn's approach to their end zone and would take control of the game. Like all good novels, there would be unexpected twists as the real plot would soon take shape. Destiny would be forged by a relentless Auburn defense, which never flinched during the game. Yes, there were a few blown assignments, but Kevin Steele's defense delivered a championship performance. Auburn's defense played like the Auburn defenses under Pat Dye and defensive coordinator Wayne Hall. The front-seven was so dominating, Eli Stove had more rushing yardage than the entire Georgia Bulldog offense. It was a Georgia running game that ran roughshod over the SEC-East all season for 279-yards a game but would be held to just 46-yards rushing. It was the best "run-defense" performance by an Auburn defense over the past fifty years as the Tigers held UGA to nearly 84% below their rushing average. The Bulldogs came into the game, built like a 1980's football team and the Auburn defense delivered a modern-era beat down. By the end of the third quarter, the message was clear; Auburn was the better team on this day. The scoreboard showed a 30-10 lead with Auburn holding a two-to-one edge in yardage. Once the Auburn offense saw the defense playing like it was the last time they would ever suit up, the Tigers delivered the death blow on offense. Jarrett Stidham threw for three touchdowns, and Kerryon Johnson had one of the most memorable performances against a great Georgia team. He played like the best running back in the country, displaying a Heisman performance to the delight of the home crowd. Auburn's patchwork offensive line, dominated one of the best defensive fronts in the nation, allowing Auburn to gain the second most yardage in school history against a No. 1 ranked foe. Auburn under Gus Malzahn is now 7-3 against ranked opponents, when the Tigers are ranked in the top-10. It was a much-needed victory for the players, coaches and the program. It was the type of performance highlight videos are made and one Auburn fans won't soon forget. War Eagle!
  11. 21 points
  12. 20 points
    Kerryon Johnson is an every down back. I have known it for a month or so now. Guys like @McLoofus have known it a lot longer. You were right. I was wrong. Just now getting around to saying it.
  13. 20 points
    Best scenario for the state of the program is for Gus to win out and for us to love him again. It's a terrible year to be looking for a head coach. No AD, at least UF/UT/Arky/TAMU/OM all looking for candidates, its going to be slim pickings and we're going to overpay for whoever we hire. I'm not sure there are many out there that are for-sure better than Gus. They all have weaknesses or they're somewhat of an unknown on a big stage.
  14. 19 points
    96 hours after arguably the most impressive win in school history. I vote we replace some of our fans first.
  15. 18 points
    Here is the breakdown of the Touchdown play to Kerryon Johnson.. Once again guys, I am an artist.. So I'm sensitive about my work... I call this play..... THE WALL... Notice how AU pays tribute to its architect department by building a wall literally on the field... ENJOY....
  16. 18 points
    We need someone has been around Auburn forever, understands the culture, and will do whatever the powers that be tell him to do. Probably should be overly religious. Hopefully someone from the current AD dept or the AU Network. Also needs a deep southern drawl and say the word 'Family' frequently. OK, this isn't what we need, but inevitably what we will get.
  17. 18 points
    Admittedly an oldie, but not SIAP:
  18. 17 points
  19. 17 points
    For me, this season came down to 4 games; Clemson, LSU, UGA, and UA. I thought we would win 2 to 3 out of those 4. We very easily should be 2-0 in those game right now. However, due to stubbornness, unpreparedness, bad play calling, lack of adjustments, and bad personnel usage we sit at 0-2. Each of those causations come down to one area of the team, coaching. Throughout the season I've been hoping to see some type of shift away from those issues. I haven't seen it...except maybe in preparation. We now are facing the #1 and #2 teams in the country, who happen to be our biggest rivals and perennial season defing games. Athletically we match up across the board with both teams. However, nothing that I've seen so far from the offensive staff gives me confidence that we can go toe to toe with them. Saban and Smart are defensive masters that adjust on the fly and make teams one dimensional and easy to defend. Will our offensive master be willing or be able to make the adjustments necessary? I hope so, but nothing so far has reinforced that hope. Pressure, paranoia, and an incessant need to try and prove he is the smartest coach on the field lead Gus to coach from a strange place. Unfortunately, I expect at some point to see the statue of liberty 5 minute deep post, a hidden player, or a tackle split wide waving his arms calling for the pass. I hope we win and I hope Gus proves me wrong.
  20. 16 points
    VERY good read about play calling Saturday vs aTm. If we're really making these kinds of changes in game and we keep the play calling open, we have a chance against UGA and Bama. (PLUS WE SAW OUR VERY FIRST SLANT!!!) Link Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made the right calls with his staff after a slow start in Aggieland. Ferg’s Film Room: How Auburn’s offense finally adjusted in-game and soared past Texas A&M By Justin Ferguson Auburn Beat Reporter November 6, 2017 AUBURN, Ala. — Welcome back to Ferg’s Film Room on SEC Country, a deeper breakdown of the stats and the strategy of Auburn football. After red-hot starts on offense in each of its first five SEC games, Auburn hit the second quarter at Texas A&M with zero points and a lot of frustration. In its two road losses earlier this season against Clemson and LSU, Auburn’s offense never recovered when it stalled. But that changed in College Station. Gus Malzahn, Chip Lindsey and Auburn’s offensive staff made several key adjustments both in personnel and play-calling. After ending the first quarter trailing, Auburn scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 42-27 win over the Aggies. This week’s Film Room takes a look at what changed for Auburn between its slow first quarter and its strong second and third quarters. The decision-making, explosiveness and balance after the slow start came at a perfect time for an offense that needs all of its available firepower in its last two SEC games against undefeated rivals Georgia and Alabama. Viewing Auburn’s offensive game in drive groups Auburn ran 15 plays on its first three offensive drives of the game — none of which netted any points. The Tigers made two key personnel moves and changed up its play-calling after those drives. Auburn ran 17 plays on its next two drives, then 15 on its next four drives, then 13 on its next two drives before the 13-play, clock-melting touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that killed off the game. Group 1: 16 plays on three drives Group 2: 17 plays on two drives Group 3: 15 plays on four drives Group 4: 12 plays on two drives There are four distinct groups of possessions with play numbers in the teens, so let’s view Auburn’s offensive performance through those lenses. Auburn football-Gus Malzahn-Kevin Sumlin-Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin (right) got the best of Gus Malzahn early in their showdown Saturday. (Bob Levey/Getty Images) Group 1: Playing safe and playing hurt In the first quarter, Auburn averaged less than 4 yards per snap and went 1-for-4 on third downs. The Tigers didn’t score a single point, as they had a fake field goal called back for holding and then had the ensuing attempt blocked. On those first three drives, Auburn kept it simple. Jarrett Stidham never attempted a pass more than 10 yards in the air, and all but one of the Tigers’ runs went right up the middle. Middle run: 5 Short pass (<10 yards): 5 Sack: 2 Outside run: 2 Scramble: 1 Checkdown: 1 Auburn’s longest play of this drive came on a tunnel screen to Ryan Davis that went for 35 yards. Take away that one play, and Auburn averaged just 1.87 yards per snap in the first quarter. Runs: 10 for 7 yards (0.7 per carry) Passes: 6-for-6 for 56 (9.33 per attempt, 4.2 per attempt without screen pass) The Tigers averaged less than 1 yard per run with the adjustment for sack yardage. The only run of more than 3 yards was called back for holding on Nate Craig-Myers. Stidham was sacked twice and was forced to scramble on third-and-long at one point. The root of all of these issues was on the offensive line. Left guard Mike Horton attempted to make a comeback from an ankle injury, but he was shaky all throughout the first three drives. He was wobbly out of his stance on the first sack on Stidham and allowed pressure on his short scramble. Right tackle Darius James, who has struggled with multiple injury layoffs this season, also had a tough time playing through the pain. He was beaten rather easily on the second sack on Stidham. With a beaten-up offensive line and a rather vanilla game plan of short throws and RPO handoffs up the middle, Texas A&M’s aggressive defensive front feasted on the Tigers. Group 2: Changing it up Instead of sticking to the same plan away from home — just like it did in losses to Clemson and LSU earlier this season — Auburn came out of the second quarter with multiple changes on offense. First, Horton and James were replaced by Marquel Harrell and Prince Tega Wanogho, respectively. Wanogho went to left tackle, while Austin “Mr. Versatility” Golson switched to right tackle. It was the right move for Auburn, but it was still a gamble. Wanogho struggled in pass protection when he was a starter earlier in the season, and Texas A&M already had hit the Tigers for 2 sacks. Wanogho stepped up to the occasion, as Texas A&M didn’t have a single sack and just one more quarterback hurry the rest of the way. Harrell also performed well, as he made an instant impact with a nice pull block on the first drive he played. But Auburn didn’t stay static in the running game behind that revamped offensive line. Kam Martin started the fourth drive for Auburn at running back, immediately taking a pair of shotgun toss plays for good gains against a Texas A&M defense that was focused on stopping the Tigers up the middle. Auburn also got more creative in the passing game after those early struggles. The fourth drive of the game was capped by a rare sight — a touchdown pass from Stidham in a short-yardage, red-zone situation. Auburn’s rushing threat kept Texas A&M off-balance with a pair of fakes on the easy toss to Kerryon Johnson from Stidham. On the fifth drive, Auburn got a quick first down, but the drive stalled shortly after that. The Tigers just missed on its first deep shot of the game, though, after hitting an intermediate route for the first time on the previous possession. A botched snap put Auburn well behind the chains, too. Middle run: 6 Short pass: 4 Outside run: 3 Intermediate pass (10-20 yards): 1 Deep pass (20-plus yards): 1 Scramble: 1 Mishandled snap: 1 But the variety in play-calling paid off as Auburn moved past its first-quarter woes. Runs: 9 for 56 (7.0 per carry) Passes: 4-for-6 for 32 (5.3 per attempt) Group 3: Finally making it work down the field Auburn’s sixth drive of the game will look like a complete failure in the box score. The Tigers went three-and-out with 3 incompletions on that drive and punted the ball back to a Texas A&M team gradually getting momentum. But here’s what happened on those three plays: Ryan Davis dropped a 5-yard hitch on a half-rollout play that was successful earlier in the game, Stidham overthrew a 40-yard fly to Darius Slayton, and Stidham misfired on a 10-yard dig to Slayton that would’ve easily moved the chains. Auburn didn’t go into a shell, though, after failing to execute on that three-and-out. After a few successful running plays on the next drive — aided by the increasing threat of the pass — the determination to keep drawing up deep-ball chances finally paid off when Slayton caught a 53-yard touchdown from Stidham. Auburn’s heavier set and play-action gave Slayton a 1-on-1 matchup with no safety help over the middle. After beating his defender and making a great adjustment in the middle of his route, he was there to catch a nice ball from Stidham. Auburn fell victim to a drop from Sal Cannella and a bad reversed spot on its first drive out of halftime, but it wrapped up this four-drive set with another touchdown on the following possession. Much like it did on the two touchdown drives in the second quarter, Auburn attacked Texas A&M with pace. Stidham hit Eli Stove for an incredibly quick RPO screen on the first play of the drive. With Texas A&M reeling, Stidham quickly snapped the ball on the next play and kept it on an RPO. Thanks to some patience and blocking help from Chandler Cox — who had one of his best games as a Tiger — he got Auburn into the red zone in a hurry. Auburn finished this four-drive set by passing in the red zone instead of running it. The Tigers had an emphasis on mixing it up in the red zone during this game, and this perfect combination on the outside gave Stidham his second short-yardage touchdown pass. This was a pass-heavy grouping for the Tigers, as they went to the air twice as many times as they kept it on the ground. Short pass: 5 Outside run: 3 Intermediate pass: 2 Deep pass: 2 Middle run: 2 Fly sweep pass: 1 But in terms of how many yards the Tigers were getting per snap, this group was incredibly balanced and explosive, as this sequence of drives turned a tight game into a rout. Runs: 5 for 48 (9.6 per carry) Passes: 6-for-10 for 97 (9.7 per attempt) Group 4: Another deep ball and a new route Auburn’s defense came through with a 3-and-out on the ensuing Texas A&M possession, and the Aggies punted the ball off of their own helmets to give Auburn great field position. On the second play of the drive, Auburn dialed up another deep ball connection from Stidham to Slayton. This was a pro throw from Stidham, and it was arguably the prettiest one he’s had at Auburn. Stidham put in the ideal spot — Slayton beat the cornerback, but Texas A&M had a safety coming over the top. Put it too close to the middle, and it could’ve been picked off. Put it too close to the outside, and it could’ve easily been another misfire. Instead, Stidham dropped it in there with a perfect spiral. Watch the rotation of the ball in flight. Auburn’s balance gave it the opportunity to hit big plays against Texas A&M’s defense both on the ground and through the air on its 28-0 run in the middle quarters. Middle run: 6 Short pass: 2 Outside run: 2 Deep pass: 2 And, finally, here’s the per-play breakdown: Runs: 8 for 33 (4.13 per carry) Passes: 2-for-4 for 63 (15.75 per attempt) While the next possession stalled out with a couple of misfires from Stidham, he was on the money with a pass that Auburn has been lacking this season — a short-yardage angle route from Davis on third-and-7 that Texas A&M had no chance covering. Play-calling tweaks and new concepts like this one from offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey after a slow start should give Auburn fans some hope heading into the Georgia and Alabama games. The biggest knock on Malzahn and his assistants has been in-game offensive adjustments, but they made them Saturday in College Station. If they can keep that going against elite opponents, Auburn has a real chance to make some serious noise in November.
  21. 16 points
    I am tired of this mantra way too many Auburn people have of relishing being the underdog. We are way better than that as a program. We have to get rid of this underdog mentality. I want to be the favorite. The team everyone is always chasing. Georgia is not that much better than us talent wise. If they are even more talented at all. We SHOULD beat them. But I just have so little faith in our offensive play calling. Here is to hopefully be proven wrong and eating lots of crow!!!
  22. 15 points
    Your avatar is appropriate for you.
  23. 15 points
    When in the past 20 years has any team had a more brutal month and a better opportunity for atonement than we have in front of us? Aside from the fire-em-all/Gus is stubborn and unfixable/coaches are idiots (every 5 year au cycle)/possessed by Satan/etc. faction - no one can disagree the next several weeks is pretty darn compelling stuff. And against our absolute natural rivals. As had been said, the national championship goes through Auburn. Yes, the LSU game was a brain fart and hurt. Let’s move on at least till thanksgiving - we can always fire everyone later. This is as good as it friggin gets. Enjoy it.
  24. 15 points
    McClain would be a nightmare in the slot.
  25. 15 points
    Maybe Bird can have a pinned thread titled “Bird Droppings”?
  26. 15 points
    He said all week that all of the RBs would get playing time today. 😂 😡 Martin had 5 carries and Kerryon got the rest even in the game with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Gus gets no credit until he and his coaches learn how to prepare and use the personnel we have.
  27. 14 points
    Missed one thing - strength of schedule Auburn #5 uat #21 now look at those numbers
  28. 14 points
    Gus was awesome tonight. Gus won that game for us. Without Gus pulling all the right strings tonight we don't win. Great night for Gus. Gus was so prepared. It sounds pretty stupid when you say it like that. But that's the way many on here sound when they just keep on beating the Gus screws everything up line. I read so many things before the game about how we should win but wont because of Gus or I would like to think we can win but can't because of Gus. Gus has made a lot of mistakes over the years and he has cost of some games but like it or not after tonight he will be our coach next year. I have been critical of him too but since he is going to be our coach lets support him. I know some of you can't and I am sure I will get blasted for this but we have a shot still at a great season this year and a really good shot at something special next year. Let me save you the trouble ( That is unless Gus screws it up).
  29. 14 points
    I am here for the crow! Holy crap Gus. Holy crap. That MW throw was a big eff you. I love it. Did the LSU game create a Monster?! I hope so. Soulja boy too?! Hell yes.
  30. 14 points
    Top-ten team, still a shot at the playoffs in November, so let's fire the coach, right? We have some fans with weird ideas on here.
  31. 14 points
  32. 14 points
    I'd be a bit more gracious feeling if I didn't know about all the wrangling and dragging of heels by Jay and his representatives that made this go one far longer than it should have.
  33. 14 points
  34. 14 points
    Disagree. That feeling doesn't come from raised expectations or what is going on at other programs. It comes from having a coach who is willing and able to beat up on poor teams but who goes full chicken sh** when he faces a real team, or even a crap team that he really *needs* to beat. (See: UGA the last 3 years) It comes from having a coach who refuses to put any trust in any players except for a few in his trusted inner circle. It comes from watching talented players limited by their leadership year after year after year.
  35. 14 points
    You think that's was Rhett? Bless your heart.
  36. 13 points
    My hope, among these others: 1. Added humility going in next week. 2. Added overconfidence by our "guests". 3. Lots of hidden mojo and moves that lay veiled today.
  37. 13 points
  38. 13 points
    I hope we keep Gus into the foreseeable future. Or at least until someone can show me a coach with better credentials than Gus has and who would be willing to come here. (No up and comers, please. See UF, Tenn and A&M for reasons why not) Look: Three years ago the defense was a wreck. Gus got it fixed. His recruiting has always been great. The kids play hard for him and don't quit. Discipline problems are at a minimum compared to other similar schools. He doesn't cheat. He wins big when he has a healthy, capable QB. We can do a whole lot worse and there are very few that are better.
  39. 13 points
  40. 13 points
    I'd add...regarding penalties...there were lots of "chippy" moments instigated...or at least it appeared some Dawgs. I was glad the refs were on them. Smart: "P.S. The atmosphere of a stadium really does matter, boys, it really does. No doubt about it, make no mistake about it." If they "forgot" that they originally instigated "Soulja Boy", they also forgot to imagine how much defeating them mattered to Auburn. Still feels REALLY, really good on this brisk and beautiful Sunday.
  41. 13 points
    A dominant performance on both sides. Steele and Chip were obviously in total control. Great job by Gus to manage the game. He looked like a HC for the first time in a long time. Great win for the players, coaches, and fans!.
  42. 13 points
    I'm sorry guys... I wasn't trying to bombard you because their are so many articles and videos. I just wanted to update you on a few because I was asked. If you google Shaun Shivers you can see more. Thanks you guys for your constant support.
  43. 13 points
  44. 13 points
    Our fan base has literally lost their minds.
  45. 13 points
    No praise for Gus. He needs to beat a rival not a team that's .500 in SEC play.
  46. 13 points
    Kyle Field Tackle box Kyle Field after their expansion plans
  47. 13 points
    Celebrated my mother-in-law's 76th birthday. She was diagnosed with stage IV cancer about ten years ago. Her one simple prayer was that she wanted to see her grandchildren grow up. Her three year old great-granddaughter led the singing of "Happy Birthday" tonight. She is an incredible inspiration, sickness doesn't have to be (all) doom and gloom. God is good, even when we can't see it.
  48. 13 points
  49. 13 points
    This win makes last weeks loss look worse.
  50. 12 points
    When AU switched to Pettway from KJ in the second half, the run-blocking was adjusted. More power (backside guard pulling and leading up in the A/B-gap), and using the H-back to kick out behind inside zone blocking. That lets Pettway run for a hole, rather than making a cut based on how the zone blocking goes. He's not very good at those cuts, whereas KJ excels at that. Good adjustment by Chip Lindsey and Herb Hand.