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  1. StatTiger

    Auburn moving forward

    More Defense Please: Kevin Steele doesn't often blitz with the intent of forcing the opponent to work for every yard. During the 2017 season, the Auburn defense allowed a play of 30-yards or more every 36.8 snaps, 18th best among Auburn defenses from 1992-2017. Of the 4477 yards allowed on defense, 24 percent came from plays of 30-yards or more, which was only 2.7 percent of the plays defended. The Auburn defense was No. 44 nationally in big-play ratio allowed. From 2009-2015, the Auburn defense had a passing grade during 48.9 percent of their games. Under Kevin Steele, the defense has a passing grade in 70.3 percent of their games. Auburn finished No. 14 in total defense and No. 11 in scoring defense. The Tigers were 19th in 3rd down defense, 35th in run-defense and 19th in pass-efficiency defense. These are solid numbers, but Auburn was 43rd in red zone TD percentage, 61st in tackles for loss (ratio) and 85th in forced turnovers (ratio). These numbers must improve to become a more dominating defense. The defense has performed more consistently under the leadership of Kevin Steele, but they have not been dominant, except for a few occasions. Beginning up front, the opposition has rushed for at least 150-yards during 11 of 27 games, with Auburn posting a 4-7 record. The need to become dominant is not a necessity, but it would certainly help to make a championship run. For now, Steele has brought stability to the defense, holding the opposition to 20 points or less during 66.7 percent of their games. From 2013-2015, it happened only 37.5 percent of the time. Impact on Offense: Auburn slightly increased their impact-play production from 2016, averaging 8.1 per game to the 7.7 from last year. Of the 113 plays of 15-yards or more, 67.3 percent came from the pass-offense. The Auburn run-offense generated a 15+ play every 17.4 attempts, 18th best among Auburn offenses from 1992-2017. The 2016 Auburn offense generated a 15+ run-play every 11.7 attempts, 6th best since 1992. Auburn's 29.6 yards per impact play was the highest average by an Auburn offense from 1992-2017. Auburn lacked speed when it came to the running game. During the past two seasons, Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson provided power to the Auburn running game but lacked the speed to make the Auburn running game explosive. The Auburn coaching staff will have to make a strong evaluation of the running back position going into 2018 to decide a "pecking order." Hopefully there will be a more fluid rotation of the top-two running backs. Big Play Offense: The 2017 Auburn offense generated 41 plays of 30-yards or more this season with one every 25 snaps. The big play ratio was 5th best among Auburn offenses from 1987-2017. Auburn was No. 22 nationally in generating run plays of 30-yards or more with one every 40 attempts. Auburn's ratio was good, but 11 of their 16 big run plays came from Malik Willis, Eli Stove, and Kam Martin. Kerryon Johnson had only four runs of 30-yards or more in 2017. Though Kerryon Johnson was No. 15 nationally in yards per game, he was No. 81 in producing run plays of 20+ yards among the top-100 rushers this season. The Auburn pass-offense was good in 2017 but not consistent enough to carry the offense when the running game struggled. Auburn finished No. 13 in pass-efficiency, with Jarrett Stidham having the best season by an Auburn quarterback as a sophomore. The majority of Auburn's 2017 pass-offense was within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage and beyond 20-yards of the line of scrimmage. Only 30.9 percent of Auburn's passing yardage came within the 6-19 yards range. Utilizing big body receivers like Nate Craig-Myers and Marquis McClain in the intermediate range would be valuable. Players like Ryan Davis and Will Hastings could cause havoc on crossing routes. During the past five seasons, Auburn's receivers have accounted for 79 percent of the receptions, and the running backs have accounted for 18 percent. During the previous five seasons (2008-2012), the wide receivers caught 63 percent of the passes, and the running backs caught 25 percent. The tight ends caught 12 percent from 2008-2012. The Auburn pass-offense has lived off the perimeter passing game with the occasional deep ball. Some want the tight end more involved in the passing game, but the most critical element for improvement is attacking the "entire" field. The influx of more speed to the 2018 Auburn offense could be huge. Players like Noah Igbinoghene, Asa Martin, Shaun Shivers and Anthony Schwartz could be a significant boost to the overall team speed of the Auburn offense. Five of Auburn's top-6 play makers from 2017 return in 2018. The Tigers should have plenty of valuable skill players, but the offensive line will be a significant question mark going into next season. Despite having four senior starters on the offensive line in 2017, Auburn was way too inconsistent up front. Auburn cannot afford to work through 2-3 games into the season to settle on their best five up front. Herb Hand's offensive line has struggled early on during the past eight seasons. This is a trend that must stop, especially with the Tigers opening up against Washington away from Jordan-Hare. Not So Special Teams: Auburn was 130th in kick-return defense, 109th in punt-return defense and 51st in punt-return offense. Auburn was 115th in net-punting and 102nd in punting average. Daniel Carlson is perhaps Auburn's best place-kicker, but he finished 63rd in field goal percentage this season. From 2009-2016, Auburn's special teams had a passing grade during 81.9 percent of their games. During the 2017 season, special teams had a passing grade in 64.2 percent of their games. After going 5-1 in games decided by 7-points or less during the 2013 season, Auburn is 8-7 in close games from 2014-2017. Auburn is 2-4 the last two years, which makes special teams even more vital in close games. During Auburn's ten victories, the Tigers generated a short field, 15.4 percent of the time. During the four losses, the Tigers made a short field just 3.9 percent of the time. Defense and special teams create short fields for the offense. Auburn's lack of forcing turnovers and flipping the field with the kicking game has hurt Auburn in the close games. Rather than being 45-22 under Gus Malzahn, Auburn would be 53-14 had they won the games Auburn lost by 7-points or less. War Eagle!
  2. ·Auburn was forced into 18 third down situations against UCF. It was a season high for the Auburn offense. The Tigers converted nine of the 18 third downs with an average distance of 9.1 yards needed to convert. ·McKenzie Milton came into the Peach Bowl averaging two third-down conversions per game, running the football. He converted four third-down plays running against the Auburn defense. UCF was 6 of 14 on third-down against the Auburn defense. ·For the season, Auburn allowed a 3rd down conversion rate of 23.3 percent during the first quarter and 38.9 percent during the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was the worst quarter for the Auburn defense when it came to third-down conversions. ·During Auburn's last three games of the season, the Tigers produced only one play of 30-yards or more on offense and surrendered nine such plays on defense. For an offense reliant upon the big play, losing this ability down the stretch cost the Tigers dearly. ·The Auburn defense permitted 3.8 yards per play during the first-half against UCF and 7.4 yards during the second-half. ·For the season, the Auburn defense held their opponent to 2-yards or less during 50.3 percent of the snaps defended. ·45.3 percent of Auburn's first down snaps on offense netted 3-yards or less this season. For the season, Auburn ran the ball 72.6 percent of the time on first down. Auburn is currently No. 37 in yards per rush on first down. They were No. 18 last season. ·Kerryon Johnson led Auburn with 19 plays of 15-yards or more this season. He was one of six players with 10 such plays. Johnson was followed by Darius Slayton (16), Will Hastings (15), Eli Stove (14), Ryan Davis (13) and Nate Craig-Myers (10). Auburn's 2018 offense should be explosive again with five of the six leaders returning next season. ·Auburn surrendered 13 plays of 15-yards or more to UCF, a season high. ·Jarrett Stidham's pass rating of 150.9 was the third best among the 35 Auburn quarterbacks that attempted at least 160 passes during a season. ·Auburn's top-5 most targeted players in the passing game were Ryan Davis (105), Darius Slayton (73), Will Hastings (43), Eli Stove (37) and Kerryon Johnson (26). Nate Craig-Myers was targeted 25 times, which means Auburn will basically return their top-5 most targeted players in 2018. ·Against Alabama, Auburn produced 184-yards passing from 18 pass attempts within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. During the final two games of the season, Auburn attempted 35 passes within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage for only 154-yards. Auburn's screen game was shutdown the last two games of the season. Having the blocking WR take off on a vertical route will make the opposition pay for selling on the screen packages. ·50.8 percent of Kerryon Johnson, Kam Martin and Kamryn Pettway's carries this season went for 3-yards or less. ·Of Auburn's 113 impact plays (15+ yards) this season on offense, 88 went towards a scoring drive for the Tigers. ·Against Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn has seven situations of 2-yards or less to convert for a first down. During the Tigers last three games combined, Auburn produced only seven short-yardage situations. ·Auburn allowed a total of 20 points off of their turnovers during the first 12 games of the season and 28 points during the last two games of the season. ·From 2013-2015, Auburn allowed 7 tackles for loss or more during 25 percent of their games. During the last two seasons, it has increased to 37.0 percent. ·Auburn's defense allowed 16.6 first downs per game, the lowest average since 2007 when Auburn allowed 15.9 first downs per game. ·Based on yards per game, yards per attempt and touchdown ratio, Kerryon Johnson's 2017 season ranked No. 13 among Auburn's last 27 one-thousand yard rushers. His performance this season was definitely a "blue collar" effort, having to fight for the majority of his yardage after contact. ·Ryan Davis shattered the school record for receptions in one season with 84 on the season. Primarily utilized in the perimeter passing game, it would be great to see him utilized more frequently on crossing routes in 2018. He proved to me a gifted runner in traffic and would be a more explosive player in the open field. ·Will Hastings and Nate Craig-Myers accounted for 42 combined receptions this season but 25 went for 15-yards or more. There was a 7-game span, where the two combined were only targeted 25 times this season. One of the keys to a very successful pass-offense is targeting the entire field and utilizing all the "skill" players on the field in the passing game. Make the competition defend everything, everywhere! ·Based on yards per game, yards per attempt and touchdown ratio, the 2017 Auburn running game ranked No. 20 among the last 65 Auburn offenses. The 2016 Auburn running game ranked No. 6. War Eagle!
  3. StatTiger

    Peach Bowl Game Report Card

    Data shows there is indeed a higher probability for a pick but the risk to reward factor is clearly in favor of the offense as long as the QB is an accurate passer. For the most part, the pass offense this season has been screens, outs and deep balls. AU has thrown more deep sideline routes than posts which have a lesser probability for success as the sideline acts as an extra defender.
  4. StatTiger

    Peach Bowl Game Report Card

    Yes we have and ran it at least once against UCF but Stidham did not throw it that way.
  5. StatTiger

    Peach Bowl Game Report Card

    War Eagle!!
  6. StatTiger

    Peach Bowl Game Report Card

    Game #14 Statistical Evaluation (Central Florida) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [4.22] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [50.0%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [2.04] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [35.7%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [28.6%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [7.69 yds] fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [33.3%] fail 08) TD red zone above 60%: [66.7%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [30.1 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [45.9%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [1.0] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [29.0] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: pass 14) At least 2 big plays: fail 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [128.1] pass Score: 8 of 15 (53.3%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.63] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [42.9%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [4.69] fail 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [42.8%] fail 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [21.4%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.91 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [80.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [60.0%] fail 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [29.3 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [46.5%] fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [3.0] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [23.7] fail 13) Less than 8 impact plays: fail 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [122.6] pass Score: 5 of 15 (33.3%) FAIL Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [39.2] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [1.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [-10.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [22.5] fail 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [29.0] pass 6) PAT’s (100%): [3/3] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [2/3] fail Score: 3 of 7 (42.8%) FAIL * 50% is a passing score. Trailing 13-6 by halftime, it was apparent Auburn was in trouble against Central Florida. Auburn is now 6-17 in games Malzahn's offense is held to under 10 points by halftime, averaging only 15 points per game when it happens. Auburn made a strong rally during the third period, taking a 20-13 lead. Just as the offense began to find its stride, the defense began to wither under pressure. The Knights scored 21 unanswered points to take a 34-20 lead during the fourth quarter. Up to this point, Auburn's offense gained only 66-yards on 28 first down snaps. This included nine consecutive run plays on first down, once the second-half began. Much like Georgia did during the conference championship game, UCF was able to smother Auburn's screen game and took away the deep ball. Auburn's short passing game accounted for over 53 percent of the pass attempts this season and the Knights were able to snuff it out. Without any success in the deep passing game and no running game, the Auburn offense was destined for failure. During 162 collegiate games, Gus Malzahn's offense is 2-11, when being held to under 100-yards rushing, averaging just 18 points per game. Of those 13 games held to under 100-yards, three came against Central Florida, with Malzahn's offense being held to an average of 25 points per game. Malzahn's offense is now 0-3 against Central Florida, with two of the losses coming while Malzahn was the offensive coordinator at Tulsa. If there was any bright spot for such a disappointing defeat, Jarrett Stidham did throw for 331-yards and was close to tying up the game with under a minute left in the game. During the eight previous games Auburn was held to under 100-yards rushing, Malzahn's offense averaged only 149-yards passing while scoring an average of 14.6 points per game. Once Stidham was permitted to target the middle of the field on intermediate passing plays, he was able to gash the Knight defense with five impact plays. UCF played their safeties deep and wide (outside the hash-marks) the majority of the game. It wasn't until Auburn fell behind 20-34 when Stidham was allowed to target this area on a consistent basis. The offense barely finished with a passing grade, and the three turnovers were the "death nail" for an offense that prides itself on running the football. The defense performed well early on, allowing only 79-yards during their first six trips to the field. They closed out the game allowing 317-yards during the final seven possessions before UCF knelt on the ball to expire the game on its last possession. As the game wore on, Auburn began to lose the crucial battles up front on both sides of the line of scrimmage. On paper, Auburn should have been the better team but in the end, Auburn was out-coached, and UCF played a more inspired game. War Eagle!
  7. After Auburn defeated No. 1 Alabama to finish the regular season 10-2, I mentioned this would have meant Auburn winning the Southeastern Conference outright prior to 1992. This is the very reason why Auburn coaches now should not be compared to Auburn coaches prior to 1992 when it comes to winning conference titles. What if the 1987 team had to play Tennessee a second time to win the conference? What if the 1983 team had to play Florida again at a neutral site to win the SEC? What if the 1989 team had to play Tennessee again to win the conference? I enjoyed every conference championship Auburn has won since 1983, but the road to winning one now is much more of a challenge than the 1980's. What stings about the loss to Georgia yesterday was the fact Auburn had to defeat a very good Georgia team twice to win the SEC this year and Georgia needed just one victory against the Tigers. We now know how LSU must have felt having to play Alabama two times in one season a few years ago. Even with Auburn's victory over Georgia, the Bulldogs conference loss had no barring on them winning the East because the East was so putrid this season. Tennessee and Florida need to make good coaching hires to become competitive in the East again. For now, Georgia has a cake-walk to make it to Atlanta. Auburn defeating No. 1 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama was an amazing accomplishment but leave a hollow feeling right now with yesterday's loss. Auburn would have likely benefited from a bye-week before the conference championship. The road to winning a national championship will be a near-impossible task for any Auburn head coach as the teams in the conference currently stand regarding ability. Had Auburn won the rematch with Georgia it was going to take another two victories over Top-4 ranked teams to win the National Championship. Had this goal been accomplished, it would have required Auburn to defeat five consecutive Power-5 teams ranked in the Top-6. How many teams in the country right now would be able to accomplish this task? The 1983 Auburn team went 4-1 against Top-10 teams, but those games were spread out over 12 games. Pat Dye was 11-15-2 against Top-10 teams and 4-10-2 against Top-5 teams during his tenure at Auburn. His teams never defeated a No. 1 ranked team during 12 seasons not to mention two in one season. The 1983 squad might be one of the greatest teams in school history, but it was loaded with plenty of talent and depth. The 85-scholarship rule was not in place back then, and injuries were far more manageable back then compared to today. I have always felt Auburn deserved the MNC that year but what if there was a playoff format back then. Would Auburn have defeated Nebraska that year or Texas in a rematch in 1983? It is all for speculation, but it certainly brings a hard dose of reality to the challenge to win it all today. Clemson is healthy now and looks strong enough to capture another National Championship. What if they had to play Georgia twice and Alabama once in four weeks with an injured quarterback? Auburn could finish 11-3 this season, ranked in the top-10 but some will undoubtedly focus on the three losses more so than the 11 victories. The 2017 Auburn Tigers are a good team and a team that would be conference champions during the Pat Dye era. The coaches and players deserve more praise than criticism. Were they perfect? Absolutely not but I do believe when healthy, this football team could beat anyone in the country. Looking back at every season since 2017, how many times could anyone realistically make this statement? I do believe it is in the best interest of Auburn and Gus Malzahn to come to an agreement to keep him in place as the head coach. He has shown an abundance of growth as a head coach this season and the foundation is in place to build a championship team. War Eagle!
  8. Game #13 Statistical Evaluation (SEC Championship) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [5.79] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [30.8%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [3.68] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [9.1%] fail 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [36.4%] fail 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [4.53 yds] fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [33.3%] fail 08) TD red zone above 60%: [33.3%] fail 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [23.5 yds] fail 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [15.9%] fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [.5] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [63.0] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: [4] fail 14) At least 2 big plays: [0] fail 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [93.4] fail Score: 0 of 15 (0.0%) FAIL Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [8.22] fail 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [18.2%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [5.80] fail 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [41.7%] fail 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [16.7%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [8.32 yds] fail 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [80.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [40.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [35.1 yds] fail 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [42.9%] fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [3/0] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [21.0] fail 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [9] fail 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [4] fail 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [172.6] fail Score: 1 of 15 (6.7%) FAIL Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [40.7] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [3.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [7.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [N/A] 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [20.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [1/1] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [0/1] fail Score: 2 of 6 (33.3%) FAIL * 50% is a passing score. The game was identical to the first matchup except the roles reversed as Georgia took it to Auburn, avenging their only loss of the season. After Auburn scored on their opening possession, Georgia dominated the game, outscoring Auburn 28-0 the remainder of the game. Auburn looked like a team fatigued, and their downfall was magnified with injuries. Injuries aside, Georgia dominated the contest on both sides of the line of scrimmage and was the more physical team as the game wore on. Every time Auburn appeared to be putting it together on offense, the Bulldogs rose up and made critical plays to prevent Auburn from retaking the lead. The Auburn offense minus a healthy Kerryon Johnson lacked any consistency. Auburn reverted back to a more conservative approach, calling run plays on 11 of 15 times during the first -half. Auburn had become more aggressive on offense during their 5-game winning streak but finished the first-half with 20 rush attempts and 12 pass attempts. Auburn was determined to establish a running game despite not having a healthy Kerryon Johnson available. The Bulldogs took away the perimeter passing game Auburn has feasted on this season, and the Tigers had no answer. It was a passing game plan hoping to hit the big play, but Georgia took that away too. Much like the Clemson and LSU losses, Auburn's lack of an intermediate passing game came back to haunt them. Auburn's statistical report card of 3 of 36 was the worst team performance from 2009-2017. It marked the sixth time Auburn had a failing grade in all three phases of the game during 118 games. The Georgia Bulldogs are responsible for four of the six games. The game felt like Auburn was relying on the same performance from the first meeting and were not prepared for all the Bulldog adjustments made for the rematch. Not having a healthy Kerryon Johnson hurt an offense reliant upon the junior running back accounting for 40 percent of the offensive yardage during the last five games. What made it worse was Auburn hoping Johnson would dig deep to deliver a winning performance, rather than having the offense prepared to play without him. War Eagle!
  9. StatTiger

    Alabama Game Report Card

    At the time of my report, they still had the play listed in the final stats. I was not going to change my post until they edited their official game stats.
  10. StatTiger

    Alabama Game Report Card

    It did count. Cam Sims is credited for a 65-yard gain.
  11. StatTiger

    Alabama Game Report Card

    Game #12 Statistical Evaluation (Alabama Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [3.25] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [50.0%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [3.43] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [45.5%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [18.2%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [8.27 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [80.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [60.0%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [37.1 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [57.7%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [3.0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [26.0] fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: [9] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [0] fail 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [156.8] pass Score: 11 of 15 (73.3%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [7.20] fail 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [27.3%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [5.65] fail 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [18.2%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [27.3%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [4.47 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [0.0%] pass 08) TD red zone below 60%: [0.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [28.5 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [19.7%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [2.0] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [30.5] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [7] pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [2] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [108.5] pass Score: 11 of 15 (73.3%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [35.8] pass ( 3 of 5 punts inside 20) 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [0.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [0.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [33.0] fail 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [15.5] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [3/3] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [2/2] pass Score: 4 of 7 (57.1%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. Auburn came into the game, 4-12 against No. 1 ranked teams since 1951, and Gus Malzahn is now 3-4 against No. 1 ranked teams. The Alabama following will tell you the Crimson Tide were beat-up coming into the game but won't acknowledge their last two Iron Bowl victories came against Auburn teams without a healthy starting quarterback and running back. Enjoy and savor the victory Auburn fans as you witnessed one of the most significant sights in football. The win tonight confirmed how much this Auburn squad has improved as the season progressed. Auburn is a team that never quit despite the early losses to Clemson and LSU. Throughout all the turmoil, Coach Gus Malzahn assured the fan base this team would continue to improve and would be much better than their record reflected. Rather than allowing the media to distract his team with discussions of Malzahn possibly leaving the program, the Auburn coaching staff had the team prepared to take on Nick Saban's juggernaut from Tuscaloosa. It was another "team" effort required to take down Alabama's loaded roster and reputation of being one of the most elite programs in the history of college football. Auburn's players would not allow the magnitude of the game to become too much to overcome adversity during the contest. Every time Alabama made a play to work themselves back into the game, Auburn quickly responded in all three phases of the game. It was not perfect execution tonight on the part of the young men clad in blue, but an ideal attitude to make the plays when they were needed the most. Despite being the underdogs coming into the game, Auburn played like the favored team, showing composure and confidence throughout the game. Minus the three plays of 30-yards or more allowed against Alabama, the Auburn defense held the Crimson Tide to 245-yards on their remaining 58 snaps. The Auburn offense that has been so reliant upon the big play this season could not manage a single play of 30-yards or more. What we witnessed was exceptional play-calling on the part of Chip Lindsey, who composed three long touchdown drives against an Alabama defense that entered the game as the No. 1 ranked defense and the No. 1 scoring defense. Lindsey orchestrated the ability to counter the numerous blitz packages Alabama has traditionally demolished their opponents with in the past. The Auburn offense never flinched during the game, and the final touchdown drive was the death nail for Alabama as Malzahn did not choose to hold onto a one-score lead. With the game tied at 7-7, Auburn would score four consecutive times on 33 snaps for 228-yards. Auburn has so much more to play for but the closure of the regular season should not be forgotten or overlooked. If this season had taken place prior to 1992, Auburn would be outright conference champions tonight. Regardless of whether or not Kerryon Johnson will be available for the conference championship, it won't change how this team rallied around one another to showcase what might be the best team in the country when healthy. Gus Malzahn and his staff have built a strong football team through recruiting and player development. The players are committed to their coaching staff, and the staff has placed their personnel in a position to be successful. Other than wins and losses, what more can be expected from Coach Malzahn and his staff? As for now, the only obstacle facing the 2017 Auburn Tigers are health issues. War Eagle!
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    ULM Game Report Card

    Game #11 Statistical Evaluation (La. Monroe Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [6.67] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [50.0%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [6.60] pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [38.5%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [7.7%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [9.79 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [75.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [75.0%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [42.5 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [41.7%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [2.5] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [14.4] pass 13) At least 8 impact plays: [10] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [4] pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [176.4] pass Score: 15 of 15 (100.0%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [2.82] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [40.0%] fail 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [2.83] pass 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [15.4%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [23.1%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.03 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: [25.6 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [20.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [.667] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [38.5] 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: [93.1] pass Score: 11 of 15 (73.3%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [33.5] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [6.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [-4.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [9.0] pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [18.7] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [6/6] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [0/0] N/A Score: 3 of 6 (50.0%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. With the emotional victory over No. 1 Georgia last week, an adrenalin dump was expected against La. Monroe. Gus Malzahn expressed concerned for the possibility of a lack of focus this week, leading up to the Warhawk game. The Auburn offense came out strong, scoring a touchdown on their first possession but the defense allowed ULM to respond with an immediate touchdown to tie the game. During their next four possessions, the Auburn offense totaled only 98 yards from 23 snaps, resulting in four punts. The Auburn defense stood tall, holding ULM to just 73-yards during their next five possessions. The Tigers score a second touchdown just before the first-half expired to take a 14-7 lead. Auburn's offense scored two touchdowns during their first three possessions of the second-half to go up 28-7. Nick Ruffin returned an interception 45-yards, part of three turnovers forced by the Auburn defense. Auburn's two interceptions against ULM ended a 5-game drought with no interceptions. Almost one-third of the yardage gained by the Warhawks came against Auburn's reserves as the starting defense played well from the first possession on. The concern might be for the injuries to Tre' Williams and Jeremiah Dinson during the second-half. It appeared Williams sustained a possible shoulder injury and Dinson might have taken a knee to the back of his head. For the second week in a row, Auburn threw the football more than they ran it during the first-half. The focus during the second-half appeared to be geared towards the running game as Auburn ran the ball 30 times to just 40 passes. After taking a 14-7 lead at halftime, Auburn ran the ball 17 consecutive times on first down. The Tigers gained 4.1 yards per run on first down during the 17 consecutive run plays. The Auburn pass-offense continued their trend of feasting on the perimeter passing game with 50 percent of the pass attempts within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. Jarrett Stidham was 3 of 8, throwing beyond 10-yards of the line of scrimmage. It certainly was not a polished performance, but it was efficient enough for a convincing victory. The self-inflicted mistakes are a concern as Auburn's defense extended two possessions on penalties and Jarrett Stidham had his third fumble during a center exchange this season. Mistakes like this can be overcome against lesser competition but not against the beast that will roll into Jordan-Hare next Saturday. Auburn's victory over La. Monroe was not memorable, but they're not supposed to be. It was a 4-touchdown sleepwalk, but it did secure the Tigers' ninth victory of the season. If Auburn wins the Iron Bowl next week, no one will remember how this game played out. War Eagle!
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    Georgia Game Report Card

    Dye was .587 and Tuberville was .667.
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    Georgia Game Report Card

    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!
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    Texas A&M Game Report Card

    Game #9 Statistical Evaluation (Texas A&M Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [5.35] fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [42.8%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [4.38] fail 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [38.5%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [30.8%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [9.92 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [100.0%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [38.1 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [46.8%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [5/0] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [15.8] pass 13) At least 8 impact plays: pass 14) At least 2 big plays: pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [194.1] pass Score: 13 of 15 (86.7%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [4.60] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [33.3%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [4.20] fail 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [35.7%] fail 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [50.0%] pass 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.06 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [75.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [50.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [24.5 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [50.7%] fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [3/0] fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [22.3] fail 13) Less than 8 impact plays: pass 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: fail 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [119.4] pass Score: 8 of 15 (53.3%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [47.4] pass 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [0.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [20.0] pass 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [44.5] fail 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [19.0] fail 6) PAT’s (100%): [5/5] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [0/2] fail Score: 4 of 7 (57.1%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. After being held scoreless during the first period, Auburn looked to be in for a long afternoon, but the defense managed to keep the team in the game until the Auburn offense found its legs. Before today, Gus Malzahn's offense averaged only 21 PPG when held scoreless during the opening quarter and Auburn was 4-8 during the twelve games. Just when it appeared a quarterback change made by Texas A&M swung the momentum, Auburn scored a touchdown to take a 14-13 lead and the Tigers special teams blocked a punt to score a touchdown just before the first half expired. The game-changing special teams play would later be overshadowed by two blocked field goals and another long kick-return allowed. Though special teams finished with a "passing grade," Auburn's special teams have dropped significantly this season. Jarrett Stidham finished with a very efficient outing, boosted by a high number of short passes (59.3 percent), sprinkled in with two deep completions. During his last six games, Stidham has thrown 9 TD passes with only one interception. Ryan Davis was the most targeted receiver with eight passes thrown his way. Davis is on pace for 69 receptions in a 13-game season. Kerryon Johnson finished the day with 174 total yards on 34 offensive touches for two touchdowns. During a three-possession series, Kerryon Johnson accounted for 14 of Auburn's 23 offensive snaps. During the last six games, Johnson has averaged 25 carries per game. Despite having only 13 receptions on the season, Darius Slayton has over 400-yards, averaging 30.8 yards per catch. Nate Craig-Myers has now been targeted just one time during the last three games, while Sal Cannella has been targeted four times. The Auburn defense graded out at an astounding 88.0% during the first five games of the season but have caved to 50.0% the last four games, including a failing grade during two games. The Aggie defense recorded eight tackles for loss, compared to the four negative plays registered by the Auburn defense. Derrick Brown led the way with seven tackles against Texas A&M. Before this season, the last time an Auburn defensive lineman led the team in tackles during a game was Corey Lemonier against Florida in 2011. Auburn's leading tackler during a game this season has been a defensive lineman on three occasions. The Auburn defense fell prey to three plays of 30-yards or more, allowing 13 for the season. Of the 13 plays of 30-yards permitted, eight have come during the last three games. Auburn's victory today had the feel of the LSU game from the halftime point on. Auburn led by nine points against LSU and by eight points against Texas A&M. Auburn attempted only one pass on first down during the second-half as the Tigers ran the ball 94 percent of the time. Once Auburn took a 28-13 lead during the third period, it was fourteen consecutive run plays. Fortunately, Auburn averaged 6.2 yards per rush during the 14 consecutive runs on first down to go along with a 46-yard pass (second-down) to set up an Auburn touchdown. The offense executed better despite a conservative approach, gaining 267-yards during the second-half and scoring three touchdowns. Auburn's third road-conference game of 40+ points is a school record. For the Auburn players, the victory over TAMU gives them an opportunity to make this season special as Auburn closes out the season with three-straight home games. War Eagle!