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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Alabama Game Report Card

    It did count. Cam Sims is credited for a 65-yard gain.
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. Georgia Game Report Card

    Dye was .587 and Tuberville was .667.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. Kamryn Pettway's latest injury was a step backward for a Gus Malzahn offense reliant upon the running game, but a loss Auburn should be accustomed to this season. Having both running backs healthy and available sounded great on paper, but in reality, it was something possible only five times during Auburn's last 21 games. There have been just five occasions where both backs had at least ten carries during the same game. Despite not having the two backs readily available, Auburn has averaged 258-yards rushing over the past 21 games. For an offense running the ball 65 percent of the time, having a healthy Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson would have allowed Auburn to lean upon their running game. Though it obviously could be an advantage having both running backs, there was a detriment to the offense too. Texas A&M: With Texas A&M allowing over 200-yards rushing during four of their last five games, the temptation was there for Auburn to rely heavily on their running game to register their 7th victory of the season. With Kamryn Pettway out of the picture, the Tigers must either look to their reserve running backs or open up the passing game. I believe we will see a combination of the two this Saturday in College Station. Gus Malzahn has been reluctant playing his reserve running backs during meaningful snaps the past two seasons. Kam Martin, Malik Miller, and Devan Barrett have 132 combined carries the past two seasons, but only one has come with the score tied or Auburn trailing. The game plan Saturday will require Auburn utilizing Kerryon Johnson in an efficient manner so that he can contribute late in the game. This won't be an easy task if Johnson has 20 carries during the first-half. If Gus Malzahn elects to lean on his reserves, Auburn will continue to rely heavily on their running game. A heavy run-attack is likely a good game plan for defeating the Aggies, but it won't work against Georgia or Alabama. Gus Malzahn has won primarily by out-manning teams up front, compiling a 20-3 conference record with over 220-yards rushing. When held under 220-yards rushing, Auburn is 2-12 in conference play. Malik Miller's fumble against Arkansas was the first of his career but could still linger in the minds of the Auburn coaches. Kam Martin has three career fumbles from 81 touches (27.0) and Kerryon Johnson has two career fumbles from 450 touches (225.0). Kamryn Pettway has four fumbles from 291 offensive touches (72.8). Protecting the football is high on the list of essentials for Gus Malzahn, which might explain his reluctance at times to play younger running backs. Kam Martin has been dealing with an ankle injury but he is healthier than he has been over the past several weeks. Despite having only 81 career touches, Kam Martin has produced nine plays of 15-yards or more. Time to out-scheme the competition: If Auburn is to finish the season on a high note, Jarrett Stidham and Auburn's wide receivers will need to play a significant role. The 2017 Auburn Tigers are not built to beat a great defense, primarily relying on their running game. Beating Georgia and Alabama will require generating explosive plays, which dictates having success in the passing game. During the seven previous seasons under Gus Malzahn's offense, Auburn had their most success, when generating plays of 15-yards or more. During the games the Tigers had at least six plays of 15-yards or more against Alabama, Auburn averaged 31.8 PPG. When held under six such plays, Auburn averaged 13.0 PPG. Against the Georgia Bulldogs, Auburn averaged 30.8 PPG with at least six impact plays and only 9.0 PPG under six impact plays. From 1986-2016, Auburn is 11-2 versus Georgia and 8-2 against Alabama when the Tigers have a pass rating of at least 130. When held to under a 130 pass-rating, the Tigers are 3-14-1 against Georgia and 8-13-0 versus the Tide. Of Auburn's 64 plays of 15-yards or more this season, 62.5 percent have come via the passing game. Auburn's wide receivers have accounted for 44 of Auburn's 64 impact plays this season, which should factor into how Chip Lindsey will scheme against Georgia and Alabama. Kerryon Johnson will undoubtedly be a featured component of the offense, but Auburn must show they can pass to set up the run to increase their opportunity for success. Old habits are hard to break: Gus Malzahn's offense has 64 conference games in the Auburn books, running the football 67 percent of the time. When Auburn has run the ball less than 65 percent in conference play, the Tigers are 7-20 and 2-11 during games Auburn ran the football less than 59 percent. During the fifteen games, Auburn ran the ball less than 60 percent of the time; the Tigers did score at least 23 points on seven occasions. Kevin Steele's defense has held 16 of 21 opponents to 23 points or less the past two seasons, which means Auburn could be competitive with a slight adjustment in their offensive schemes. Auburn under Malzahn's offense is 32-3 in conference play with a pass-rating of 130 or better and 6-2 when held to under 200-yards rushing. Jarrett Stidham: Gus Malzahn has mentioned Auburn being balanced several times this season, but he is referencing yardage and not actual plays. Running the ball ten times to obtain 50-yards and connecting on one deep pass for 50-yards is not "true" balance. The kind of balance needed to beat Georgia and Alabama will require more pass attempts but in an efficient manner. Jarrett Stidham and the Auburn pass offense has been incredibly productive, throwing on first down this season. Despite the success, Auburn has run the football over 75 percent of the time on first down, averaging only 7.6 pass attempts on first down. During the 11 games against Power-5 competition, when Malzahn's offense attempted at least eight first down passes for at least 7.5 yards per attempt, Auburn averaged 36.4 PPG. Throwing more frequently on first down would eliminate some of the predictability in the Auburn offense and would allow Jarrett Stidham a higher chance of success against a great defense. Stidham is No. 15 nationally with a passer rating of 191.9 on first down but has averaged only 6.4 pass attempts on first down in conference play. As accurate as Stidham has been this season, it is important to remember he is just a sophomore and still growing as a quarterback at the collegiate level. He has a pass rating of only 56.8 when Auburn trails on the scoreboard and a 123.8 rating facing third and at least seven yards to convert. Placing him into too many obvious passing situations won't likely end well for the Auburn offense. He has converted only 28 percent of Auburn's third and long situations, throwing the football.
  11. Upon Further Review - Arkansas Game

    IMO, Malzahn became conservative after the 17-0 lead, primarily to prevent turnovers (passing) and to run clock more so than to prevent injuries. Gus had said prior to the LSU game, Stidham would likely run some zone-read to keep the defense honest.
  12. Upon Further Review - Arkansas Game

    His offense at Auburn has faced 28 Power-5 teams that finished 9-3 or better and ranked. His offense has averaged 363-yards and 23 PPG in those game and were held to under 260-yards during 5 of those 28 games. During the 13 games prior to this season with a solid QB in place, his offense averaged 456-yards and 32 PPG. We shall see what Stidham can do to close out this season.
  13. Auburn has allowed the opponent to convert only 5 of 35 third-down situations of 10-yards or more needed to convert. Auburn has converted 62.5% of their third-downs during the first quarter, while allowing the opponent to convert just 18.5%. 49.4 percent of Auburn's offensive snaps netted at least 5-yards against the Razorbacks, a season high for the Auburn offense. 50.1 percent of the snaps defended by the Auburn defense this season has been held to 2-yards or less. Of Auburn's 35 first down plays, 19 went for 5-yards or more, a season high for the Auburn offense. It also marked the first time this season, Auburn was not tackled for a loss on first down. Auburn's 330-yards from impact plays marked the sixth time this season the Tigers have gained at least 235-yards from impact plays during a game and the third time over 300-yards. During the 4 games before LSU, Auburn attempted 32 passes on first down for 569-yards. During the last two games, Auburn has attempted 17 first down passes for only 108-yards. For only the second time this season, Auburn averaged more yards per rush during the second-half, than the first-half. Of Auburn's 49 scoring drives this season, 41 have been aided by at least one impact play (15-yards or more). Auburn is currently averaging 4.5 points per forced-turnover, while surrendering only 1.67 points per turnover. Gus Malzahn's Auburn teams are now 27-2 during games the Tigers average at least 1-yard more than the opponent per first down snaps. Auburn is currently No. 4 nationally in pass-efficiency on first-down with a rating of 204.4. It is the highest pass-efficiency rating by an Auburn offense the past 25 years. Auburn is currently No. 19 nationally in pass-efficiency on third-down and No. 26 in converting first downs. Texas A&M is currently No. 106 in converting third-downs with their passing game, Georgia is No. 31 and Alabama is No. 29. Auburn under Gus Malzahn's offense is now 57-10 during games the Tigers produce at least 20 first downs with an average score of 39.9 points per game. Has the "fumble curse" been lifted? Prior to this season, Auburn had recovered only 28.2 percent of the opponent's fumbles from 2013-2016. This season, the Tigers have recovered 69.2 percent. Normally during a football game, there is no more than a one possession difference between the two teams. Last night against Arkansas, Auburn had 14 offensive possessions to the Razorbacks 12. This was the result of a turnover on special teams. It marked only the 15th time Auburn has gained at least two more possessions than the opponent during a game during the last 318 games. From 2013-2015, Auburn held their opponent to under 33 percent in scoring possessions, 47.5 percent of the time. Under Kevin Steele, it has occurred 66.7 percent of the time. The 2017 Auburn Tigers recorded their fourth conference victory of 20 or more points this season, equaling the record held by three other teams from 1960-2017. The 1969, 2004 and 2005 Auburn teams had four such games. Auburn has now scored at least 10 points during the first quarter in five consecutive games, something not accomplished during the Tigers last 450 games. Auburn has scored 89 points during the first quarter, more than 23 other Auburn teams since 1981 through an entire season. The 2010 and 2013 Auburn offenses combined for 13 games of 500-yards or more, The 2016 and 2017 Auburn offenses have 10 such games. From 1981-2017, Auburn has now rushed for over 300-yards on 61 occasions with 30 of them occurring under Gus Malzahn. War Eagle!
  14. Arkansas Game Report Card

    Game #8 Statistical Evaluation (Arkansas Game) Offensive Report Card 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [8.60] pass 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: [60.0%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: [7.34] pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: [57.1%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: [14.3%] pass 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [9.47 yds] pass 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: [85.7%] pass 08) TD red zone above 60%: [71.4%] pass 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: [44.9 yds] pass 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [67.5%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: [3.5] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: [11.0] pass 13) At least 8 impact plays: [10] pass 14) At least 2 big plays: [5] pass 15) Pass rating of at least 126.3: [164.8] pass Score: 15 of 15 (100.0%) Pass Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [5.73] pass 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: [31.2%] pass 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less: [4.07] fail 04) Score 1/3 of possessions or below: [23.1%] pass 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: [23.1%] fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.26 yds] pass 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: [100.0%] fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: [50.0%] pass 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: [25.7 yds] pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: [39.7%] pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: [.333] pass 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: [68.0] pass 13) Less than 8 impact plays: [10] fail 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [1] pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: [110.3] pass * Bonus point for starting defense allowing 206-yards and 6 points Score: 12 of 15 (80.0%) Pass Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): [36.5] fail 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [2.0] pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [0.0] fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [100.0] fail 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [29.0] pass 6) PAT’s (100%): [7/7] pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): [1/1] pass Score: 4 of 7 (57.1%) Pass * 50% is a passing score. Auburn made sure there would be no offensive collapse during the second-half this week, scoring 28 points and gaining 239-yards during the third-quarter alone. The last time Auburn scored 28 points in one period against a SEC opponent was against Tennessee during the 2013 season. The offense was shaky during the first-half, scoring only 17 points off 288-yards of total offense. Auburn averaged just 4.07 yards per play on first down during the first-half but gained 12.9 yards per first-down snaps during the second-half. Jarrett Stidham was efficient for what he was asked to do as 16 of his 28 pass attempts were within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. Auburn did not attack the middle of the field and only threw two passes within the 10-20 yard range downfield. Auburn's starting defense allowed only 206-yards on 47 snaps, allowing only six points. Though the backups gave up 128-yards on 21 snaps, it was another great opportunity for Auburn to obtain valuable playing time against the Razorback's starting offense. Auburn had eight tackles for loss, while only allowing two to the Razorbacks. Auburn had 23 different defenders register at least one tackle against Arkansas. Auburn was able to turn all three forced-turnovers into touchdowns while allowing zero points on their two miscues. Dontavius Russell and Nick Coe both registered six tackles on the night, which is a good sign of Auburn's depth up front. Auburn recorded seven sacks on the night but gave one away after accepting a penalty. Kamryn Pettway looked like the "2016" version, rushing for 90-yards on just 11 carries and three touchdowns. Auburn had five different players rush for at least 45-yards against Arkansas. Malik Willis threw his first touchdown pass of his career, with Devan Barrett doing the honors by recording his first touchdown as an Auburn Tiger. Darius Slayton recorded his first career 100-yard receiving performance with 146-yards tonight. Until this season, Ryan Davis has never been involved in an offensive snap of 30-yards or more. During the past three games, Davis has been involved in three plays of 52-yards or more. Last season through 13 games, Auburn totaled 33 plays of 30-yards or more on offense. Auburn has 27 such plays through 8 games. Auburn now enters their bye-week, and it comes at an excellent time for the Tigers. Several key starters have been hobbled by injury, especially on the defensive side of the football. Auburn will need all hands on deck when they take to the road in two weeks to play an improving Texas A&M team. Auburn could have easily struggled Saturday tonight, considering the history of this game, the epic collapse the previous week against LSU and the Tigers' having several key players injured. Credit to the Auburn coaching staff for having the players ready to play on the road, coming off a painful loss the week before. They did not allow one loss to turn into a double. Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers are now 26-1 when leading by 10-points at halftime with an average score of 44-16. War Eagle!
  15. "This game will likely cost us our jobs"

    In all fairness to Gus Malzahn, he did bring an exciting brand of offensive football to Auburn and should be credited for it. Under Malzahn, the Auburn offense has broken over 40 team and individual records in just 8 seasons. As the head coach, he has... * Improved the defense, something Gene Chizik could not do, despite being a defensive minded coach. *Recruiting improved. * Special teams has been solid. The one area we all thought he would be the most consistent (offense) has ironically been his downfall as of late. The 2017 Auburn offense has shown how explosive it can be if given the opportunity to succeed. There is a level of "fear", I believe Malzahn operates under, which shows up in his schemes, play-calling and personnel usage. Until he overcomes this issue, his offense will not reach it's full potential.