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  2. Perhaps the biggest key for the Auburn defense this Saturday night will be defending the Gamecock running game. The Gamecocks are currently averaging 220-yards rushing during their last 4 games. Steve Spurrier will lean heavily on Mike Davis to control the tempo of the game and to keep his porous defense off the field. Auburn has drastically improved their run-defense from last season, which was ranked No. 63 nationally, allowing 163-yards per game. This season Auburn is allowing 120-yards per game, ranked 24th nationally. Though it appears Auburn has improved upon their run-defense, they have surrendered 171-yards per game to conference opponents. If South Carolina can rush for 140-170 yards Saturday night, it will keep Auburn honest on defense and open up the Gamecock passing game. South Carolina's run-offense could dictate if Auburn has 10-12 possessions or 13-15 possessions, which could decide whether Auburn scores into the low 30's or into the 40's. The play... On this play MSU faces a 3rd & 3 from their own 32-yard line. The Bulldogs come out in a 4-WR set to spread out the Auburn defense. At the snap Auburn must play the play-action pass option first. (Note McKizy staying put until the hand off is made) DaVonte Lambert does a great job of taking away the edge, forcing the RB to stay inside. Gabe Wright knifes through the line despite being held. Cassanova McKinzy tracks the RB, avoiding the second level block by the MSU center. McKinzy is able to shoot through for the hit on the RB, dropping the RB for a loss in the backfield. Note how Kris Frost had backside containment had the QB kept on the play. Don't be surprised if the Gamecocks have early success running the football. Auburn has allowed all three prior SEC opponents to run for over 100-yards during the first-half. The Tigers in their 3 SEC games have allowed an average of 132-yards rushing on 6.1 yards per rush during the first-half and 39-yards on 2.7 yards per carry during the second-half. During the Gus Malzahn era at Auburn, the Tigers are 6-6 in games the opponent had at least 40 rush attempts. During those 12 games, Malzahn's offense averaged 373-yards and 27 PPG. The opponent averaged 216-yards rushing.
  3. The name of the game in pass-offense is placing the defense in situations, which result in mismatches on the field. One of the reasons why Duke Williams has been so successful this season is the ability of Auburn to set him up for success. Though the running game is not playing at the level of last season (very few have), it still remains the primary component opposing teams must control to have defensive success against the Tigers. By lining Williams up in the slot, it is an almost given he will be covered by a LB or safety, especially on first-down. In obvious passing situations, opposing teams can bring an extra CB on the field but on first-down, opposing teams must respect the threat of the run within their base defense. The play... On this play Auburn is 1st & 10 from the MSU 36-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 4-WR set with trips to the wide-side of the field. Before the snap, Nick Marshall can see the safeties will be locked onto the boundary WR and the inside slot-receiver (Marcus Davis). This will leave Duke Williams 1 on 1 with the OLB, the match up favoring the Tigers. At the snap Nick Marshall play-actions with CAP. As Marshall drops his initial read on the safeties is correct and he knows he will have Williams 1 on 1 with the OLB. When Williams comes off the line, he will cut inside the OLB, running a seam route down the middle of the field. Marshall delivers his pass to the inside shoulder of Williams, away from the OLB. Duke Williams leaps to haul in the pass at the highest point, away from the defender. The play nets 29-yards and a first down for the Tigers inside the MSU 8-yard line. Through 6 games Duke Williams has recorded 17 impact plays in the passing game. WR Impact-plays of note: 1993: Frank Sanders (21) 1994: Frank Sanders (23) 1996: Tyrone Goodson (22) 1997: Tyrone Goodson (29) 1999: Ronney Daniels (21) 2004: Courtney Taylor (26) 2006: Courtney Taylor (21) 2009: Darvin Adams (29) 2010: Darvin Adams (23) 2012: Emory Blake (27)
  4. With Duke Williams being the primary target 30.5% of the time in the passing game, opposing defenses are now shifting and adjusting their coverages to match up with Williams. This should create opportunities for the other Auburn receivers in the pass-offense. Because Sammie Coates has been slowed by an early-season knee injury, Auburn's coaches have been pushing for other players to step up. One of those options has been Quan Bray. During the last couple of games, Quan Bray has been more involved in the offense and he is currently on pace to have his best season as an Auburn wide-receiver. The play... During this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 20-yard line. The Tigers are set to run a play-action pass from a 4-WR set. Before the snap Nick Marshall knows the safeties are in a cover-2 with Duke Williams in the slot. At the snap Marshall play-actions with Cameron Artis-Payne. As Marshall drops to pass he see's the LB dropping short to cover Williams underneath and the safety over top. This leaves Quan Bray 1 on 1 with the field corner, playing 7-yards off the line. Quan Bray will run a down & out pattern as Nick Marshall looks off his intended target. After looking Bray off, Marshall will quickly reset his feet and hips, firing a bullet out to Bray. The pass is thrown just as Bray is coming out of his break, allowing the senior wide-out to haul in the pass without the defender right on top of him. The play results in a 12-yard gain and another Auburn first-down. It should be noted that Williams ran a short dig route underneath the OLB and he was also open on a shorter route than Bray. These are the types of passes Auburn needs to run more of on 1st down, which would help bring up Marshall's 62% completion rate on 1st down.
  5. One of the reasons for Nick Marshall's drop in completion percentage this season is the lack of short to intermediate pass attempts through 6 games. Last season through Marshall's first 6 games, he attempted 17.4% of his passes beyond 20-yards of the line of scrimmage. This season it is 22.3%. Last season through his first 6 games, 35.7% of his pass attempts were beyond 10-yards of the line of scrimmage. This season it is 43.1%. Though his ratio of impact pass-plays has improved from last season, Auburn has missed out on opportunities to extend drives by attempting deep passes on third-down rather than targeting areas closer to the sticks. Hopefully this is something Auburn's coaches will research and address during the bye-week. The play... On this play Auburn has the ball at their own 41-yard line with a 1st & 10. The Tigers come out in a 4-WR with the intent of running a play-action pass, with Nick Marshall on a half-roll from the pocket. Duke Williams is lined up in the slot on the wide-side of the field with the safety play 11-yards off the line of scrimmage. At the snap Nick Marshall will play-action with Cameron Artis-Payne, making a slight roll to his right. With the safety playing so far off Williams, Duke Williams will run a short button-hook to the 44-yard line. Nick Marshall delivers his pass over an oncoming pass-rusher to Williams, who spins up field. The safety attempts to recover the distance to make a play on Williams but Williams cuts inside of the safety to continue up field. Williams races down field for a 32-yard gain and an Auburn first down. The short route takes advantage of the loose coverage and the roll-out by Marshall gives him a clear line of sight to his target. Last season through his first 6 games, Marshall completed 67.1% of his passes on first-down. This season it has dropped to 62.5%, primarily because of the increase in vertical passes. Last season Marshall closed out the last 6 games, completing 80.8% of his passes on first-down. Nick Marshall will need to make this kind of improvement to close out the second-half of the season if Auburn is to make another serious run for another championship.
  6. Through the first 5 games of the season, Auburn made up for their lack of a pass-rush from their front-4, with a variety of blitzes. Against Mississippi State, Auburn's blitzes were always a step behind resulting in only 4 quarterback hurries and 1 sack. Through 6 games the Auburn DL is responsible for only 58.1% of the teams quarterback hurries and 50% of the team's sacks. Last season the DL was responsible for 92.2% of the sacks and 83.6% of the team's quarterback hurries. Angelo Blackson recorded his first sack of the season against Mississippi State, which is today's clipbit. The play... On this play MSU faces a 3rd & 9 from their own 27-yard line. The Bulldogs will come out in a 5-WR set. Auburn will counter with a 4-man rush, executing a twist with their DT's, At the snap Ben Bradley will loop over Angelo Blackson as Gimel President comes on a speed-rush over top. Angelo Blackson will break through inside, forcing the MSU QB to scramble. Prescott attempts to take off up the middle but Ben Bradley has solid gap containment, forcing Prescott to scramble outside the pocket. Angelo Blackson continues his track to the QB, running him down from behind for the sack. Gabe Wright (7) and Elijah Daniel (6) are the current leaders among the DL in QB hurries and DaVonte Lambert is the only DL with more than 1 sack this season.
  7. With half the regular season in the books, Auburn is currently No. 15 in rushing and No. 4 in the conference. Hoping to add some additional spark to the offense and Auburn's 262-yards rushing per game, Gus Malzahn gave Roc Thomas his first meaningful snaps of the season against Mississippi State. Auburn suffered their first loss of the season but Thomas had 42-yards on 6 carries during his limited role in the Auburn game plan for the Bulldogs. The true freshman currently has 19 carries on the season, averaging 5.68 yards per rush. Despite his limited action, he has converted this 19 carries into 7 first downs and 5 runs of 10-yards or more. The play... During this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 3 from the MSU 29-yard line. Auburn will run their counter play and the key to the play will be how the MLB tracks the Auburn backfield and the block by Duke Williams on the edge. At the snap Nick Marshall will make the inside give to Roc Thomas. The MLB freezes to make sure Marshall doesn't keep and to make sure it is not an inside run by the RB. Roc Thomas initially sells the inside run before bouncing the play outside. Duke Williams makes a crackback block on the OLB, sealing him inside of Thomas, running to the edge. Thomas sprints into the secondary, where he fakes going inside the secondary, before spinning outside towards the sideline. The play nets 18-yards and an Auburn first down. At 5-10, 193 pounds, Thomas might not be physically ready for a full workload as the primary rusher but he can provide Auburn with a compliment to Cameron Artis-Payne. Malzahn is hoping that Thomas can provide the extra burst to give Auburn a home-run threat at the primary RB position. The bye-week will give Thomas and the Auburn coaches time to prep Thomas for extended play against South Carolina.
  8. Game #6 Statistical Evaluation (Miss State) Offensive Report Card: 01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: 5.62 fail 02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs: 40.0% pass 03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush: 5.39 pass 04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions: 33.3% pass 05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%: 33.3% fail 06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 5.97 yards fail 07) Score at least 75% inside red zone: 66.7% fail 08) TD red zone above 60%: 33.3% fail 09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession: 29.4 yards fail 10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: 43.6% pass 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: 2 TD’s / 3 turnovers fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps: 39.0 fail 13) At least 8 impact plays: 10 pass 14) At least 2 big plays: 1 fail 15) Pass rating of at least 125.0: 106.2 fail Score: 5 of 15 (33.3%) Fail Defensive Report Card: 01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: 6.29 fail 02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs: 47.1% fail 03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush: 5.07 fail 04) Score below 1/3 of possessions: 37.5% fail 05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%: 18.7% fail 06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: 7.03 yards fail 07) Score below 75% inside red zone: 83.3% fail 08) TD red zone below 60%: 66.7% fail 09) Avg under 30-yards per possession: 29.3 yards pass 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives: 41.8% fail 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: 5 TD’s / 4 turnovers fail 12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps: 15.8 fail 13) Less than 8 impact plays: 11 fail 14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: 2 pass 15) Pass rating below 125.0: 102.8 pass Score: 3 of 15 (20.0%) Fail Take away the horrible PI call on Sammie Coates and AU has a passing grade in 5 of the above failing categories. Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): 42.8 (2 of 6 inside 20) pass 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): -.5 pass 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): 0.0 fail 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): 20.0 pass 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): 19.2 fail 6) PAT’s (100%): 2 of 2 pass 7) FG Pct (75% or above): 66.7% fail Score: 4 of 7 (57.1%) Pass
  9. Coming into the Mississippi State game, Auburn was 3-18 since 1981, when trailing by 14 or more points after the 1st quarter and 6-29-1, when trailing by at least 10. This made the 21-0 deficit after the 1st quarter almost impossible to recover. Gus Malzahn stressed the importance of starting off the game productively, which Auburn failed to do. After the first 4 possessions, Auburn had 85-yards of total offense and zero points. MSU had 142-yards and 21 points. For the remainder of the game Auburn gained 356-yards and 23 points to MSU's 327-yards and 17 points. Because of the two early turnovers, Auburn trailed on the scoreboard, 14-0 after only 2 offensive snaps. Once again it was a hole that was virtually impossible to overcome, especially against a very good team like Mississippi State. One of the key stats I mentioned during the MSU preview was the number of snaps both teams had taken, trailing on the scoreboard. Auburn had taken only 9 during their first 5 combined games and MSU had taken a total of 25 during their first 5 games. I thought the team that could handle diversity the best would win. Auburn simply dug themselves an early hole just as they did against LSU in 2013. The final score and the poor start gave the impression Auburn was dominated during the game. The actual numbers state otherwise. There was certainly early domination during the first period on the part of MSU but the final three periods was slightly in favor of the visiting Tigers. Of course that is why coaches stress playing a 4-quarter game and you are what you make of the game. Had Mississippi State self-destructed in the same fashion Auburn did during the first quarter, it was unlikely they could have overcame the same deficit. To their credit, they built a 21-0 lead and did what they had to do to secure the victory. Inside the Numbers: MSU was 7 of 9 on third-downs during the first-half and 1 of 8 during the second-half. 46.2% of Auburn's offensive snaps netted 5-yards or better and Mississippi State hit at 43.0%. After gaining 316-yards on 44 plays during the first-half (7.18 YPP), MSU was held to 153-yards on 35 snaps during the second-half (4.37 YPP). For the season Auburn allows 5.6 yards per play during the first-half and only 3.9 yards during the second-half. 43.6% of Auburn's snaps held to 2-yards or less and 46.8% of MSU's snaps held to 2-yards or less. Nick Marshall entered the MSU game with only 23 pass attempts on first-down through 4.5 games. He had 17 against MSU. MSU averaged 6.1 yards per rush during the first-half and 4.1 yards during the second-half. For the second game in a row, Auburn's front-7 accounted for more than 60% of the team's tackles. During the previous 4 games, it was no higher than 58%. Mississippi State recorded 3 sacks on Nick Marshall, equaling the total number of sacks Auburn had allowed in their previous 5 games. For the 4th time this season, Auburn was held to less than 6-yards per play on first-down. That equals the total number of times it happened to the Auburn offense during the entire 2013 season. Nick Marshall was only 10 of 17 throwing the football on first-down against the Bulldogs after completing 100% during his previous 2 games. Since 1961 Auburn's average pass-rating against a top-5 ranked opponent is 101.5. Auburn had a rating of 106.2 against No. 3 MSU. This was the 25th best passing performance from the 59 previous games against top-5 teams. Take away the hideous PI call on Sammie Coates and Auburn's rating was 121.9. Under Gus Malzahn the average pass-rating at Auburn vs. top-5 teams is 120.2. The two key factors in the outcome of the game was the scoring off turnovers and red zone production. MSU scored 21 points off of Auburn's turnovers and scored 31 points inside the Auburn red zone. Auburn scored 13 points off of turnovers and only 20 points inside the red zone. Prior to the Mississippi State game, Auburn had compiled a record of 72-7-1 since 1961, when they had over 200 rushing and 200-yards passing in the same game. The average score in the previous 80 games was 42-17. Auburn is now 9-18-0 (.333) since 1992 with 4 or more turnovers during a game. Another key to this game I previously outlined during the MSU preview was first-down production. The team that was more productive in the last 22 meetings, went 19-3. Saturday's game now makes it 20-3 in the last 23 meetings. Coming into the MSU game Auburn's average distance required to convert a 3rd-down was 6.2 yards. It was 8.0 against the Bulldogs. MSU on the other hand, faced an average distance of 5.4 yards against Auburn. Through 6 games into the 2013 season, Auburn's offense generated 54 impact plays. This season the offense has totaled 64 through 6 games. It was 55.6% run last season through 6 games and 59.4% pass this season. Auburn's top-3 play-makers through the mid-season mark are Duke Williams (17), Cameron Artis-Payne (13) and Nick Marshall (12) based on plays of 15-yards or more. Corey Grant, Melvin Ray and Sammie Coates are tied for 4th with four each. Nick Marshall has been directly involved in 38 of Auburn's 64 impact plays. Through 6 games into 2013, Tre Mason averaged 5.59 yards per rush and CAP is at 5.27 yards. CAP had a higher pct of impact runs with 7.1% to Mason's 5.4%. Mason had a higher pct of 5-yd runs at 42.4% to CAP's 38.9%. Mason had a higher pct of 10-yard runs at 15.2% to CAP's 13.5%. Racean Thomas had his first meaningful snaps this season with 42-yards on 6 carries. He also recorded his first impact-play with an 18-yard run. It appears Gus might be ready to give the true-freshman more a role in the offense. Final Thoughts... The loss to Mississippi State is disappointing but not devastating in terms of Auburn’s future. Last year after a similar loss to LSU on the road, the team bounced back after a bye-week and everything fell into place to have an extremely rewarding season. Though MSU clearly has an easier path to maintain their momentum, there are 2 teams remaining on their schedule that could derail their season late. They will likely be favored in every game but one but crazier things have happened in this wonderful game. As disappointing as the beginning of the game was, I was pleased to see the team never stopped battling. They overcame a 21-0 deficit to close the game to 28-20 and were in position to make it a one-score game again until they threw their final pick inside the MSU red zone. There are some issues about this team that need to be addressed but adjustments and changes won’t mean anything if you have don’t have perseverance. Auburn has a much-needed bye-week to clear their heads to focus on the second-half of the regular season. If they don’t improve, they could likely drop 1-2 more games. If they do improve, they can defeat everyone remaining on their schedule. I said before this season started, this could be a better overall team than the 2013 version but their schedule might be their primary downfall. Despite the 15-point loss to Mississippi State, Auburn still remains as one of the better teams in the country. I have not seen anyone playing better overall football than the teams I’ve observed within the Southeastern Conference. I told Mark Murphy before the LSU game, I was more concerned about Mississippi State than LSU. Now I have no doubt just how good this Mississippi State can be. The Bulldogs were the better team on Saturday but I reserve the right to not say they are the better team until all the games have been played. LSU was the better team the night they took Auburn by 14-points last season but that clearly was not the case by the end of the season. I do believe they have a good chance of going 12-0 with only Ole Miss in position to take them down. Though I believe they are a better team than Alabama, all it takes is one bad quarter to give Alabama a shot at the upset. With all that being said, I do believe the Bulldogs should be the No. 1 ranked team for now. I do have faith in the Auburn coaches and players to bounce back from this loss. Except for the first quarter, I thought Auburn played better on the road against Mississippi State than Kansas State. This is based on MSU being a much better overall team than Kansas State and the fact Auburn had to overcome such a major deficit. The bye-week gives us fans a week to gripe and moan about what needs to be fixed and then it is game-week for South Carolina. We as fans have the right to be upset, angry and disappointed, simply because we are all entitled to our opinions. We have one week to get it out of our system folks and prepare to support our team as they begin the second-half of the regular season. The remaining schedule indicates a bumpy road but this team has far more positives than negatives to navigate through it. War Eagle!
  10. Last season the Mississippi State defense held Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne to 47-yards on 16 combined carries. The strength of the MSU defense is found in their front-7 this season and it will be interesting to see how Auburn matches up with Bulldogs this Saturday. CAP enters the game averaging over 118-yards rushing per game and it will be a major challenge for Auburn to maintain this average against the No. 11 run-defense in the nation. Of the 24 combined carries by CAP, Mason and Grant last season, 14 were held to 3-yards or less against MSU. Corey Grant had the most success against MSU, rushing for 44-yards on 8 carries. Outside runs... During this play against LSU, Auburn faces a 2nd & 4 from their own 30-yard line. The Tigers come out in a 4-WR look with Brandon Fulse lined up wide. Just before the snap Fulse will shift into the backfield inside of Melvin Ray in the slot. Auburn's intent is to run a sweep with Cameron Artis-Payne towards the boundary side. At the snap Chad Slade (RG) will pull to his left, becoming a lead blocker for CAP, who takes the hand off from Nick Marshall. Brandon Fulse is responsible for sealing the DE as Melvin Ray is responsible for the OLB. This leaves Chad Slade with the boundary corner. CAP is able to turn the corner for a positive gain before being tackled by the OLB and CB. The play nets 10-yards and an Auburn first down. Swing pass... On this play Auburn audibles into a swing-pass with Cameron Artis-Payne. CAP was initially lined up to the right of Nick Marshall with Auburn in a 4-WR set (trips to the wide side). CAP shifts to Marshall's left just before the snap with the intent of clearing space for CAP behind the trio of WR's. At the snap Nick Marshall looks off his intended target in CAP as the WR's on top clear the flat. Marshall dumps a short pass off to CAP, leaving the RB with a 1 on 1 with a LB in open space. This is a huge advantage for Auburn as CAP is able to use his speed to get around the LB. Swinging wide with the pass, CAP avoids the initial tackle and motors up the field, picking up 15-yards and an Auburn first down. Should Auburn struggle running between the tackles (very likely), look for more sweeps involving pulling guards, when CAP is the featured back. Look for more perimeter runs with Corey Grant and the use of both backs in the passing game.
  11. This LSU team might end up with 5-6 losses before the season is out but tonight's performance should not be discounted. There was a lot more talent on this LSU squad than the 1999 version Auburn defeated by the same score, 41-7. Auburn's 34-point victory tonight was the largest margin of victory over a ranked SEC opponent at home since 1950. Auburn defeated a ranked Florida team at home in 1969, by a score of 38-12. I felt that Auburn would get LSU's best shot tonight, with their backs against the wall, after losing to Mississippi State the week before. Auburn quickly jumped on the visiting Tigers 24-7 after each team had 4 possessions. Auburn out-gained LSU 257-yards to 96-yards after each team held the ball 4 times. Auburn made some major strides in terms of team-improvement, which should set the stage for an epic showdown in Starkville. Other than the 4 big plays allowed, the Auburn defense turned in a near flawless performance. Take away the 4 big plays and LSU netted 119-yards on their remaining 56 snaps or 2.1 yards per play. The coaching staff had a terrific game-plan on both sides of the football and the players did an exceptional job of carrying it out. The goal is to have at least 8 impact players during a game and Auburn's offense had 11 by halftime. It was the most dominating first-half performance against a Les Miles LSU team. Auburn will need this explosive play ability next week against a very physical Mississippi State defense. My only concern about this game was the playing of Nick Marshall and Cameron Artis-Payne with a 27-point lead and only 9 minutes left in the game. The risk clearly out-weighed anything that could have been gained and it was a lost opportunity to give Peyton Barber, Racean Thomas and Jeremy Johnson much needed game-experience. Moving forward, this game was a terrific building block for a team that is beginning to find and secure its identity. Inside the Numbers... After averaging 8.7 yards per play on first down during the first-half, LSU was held to 4.6 yards per play during the second-half. Take away a late 40-yard pass on first-down during the second-half and LSU gained a total of 6-yards on 9 first-down snaps. Sammie Coates failed to register a single impact-play on offense entering the LSU game and he finally arrived with 4 against LSU. Cameron Artis-Payne's 118.8 yards gained rushing per game during the first 5 games of the season is the 4th best start to a season (5-games) by an Auburn running back. Auburn's defense has allowed only 5 conversions from their last 31 third-downs defended (16.1%). Auburn has now fielded (47) 100-yard rushers during 59 games under Gus Malzahn. Impact plays were a huge factor against LSU. Only 40.5% of Auburn's snaps netted 5-yards or better, the second lowest percentage this season. On the defensive side, only 28.3% of their plays netted at least 5-yards, the best consistency performance this season. Auburn's trend of playing better defense as the game wears on continued against LSU. The Bengal-Tigers averaged 4.7 yards per play during the first-half and only 3.9 yards during the second-half. Take away the 2 big plays allowed during the second-half and LSU gained 33 total yards on their remaining 26 snaps or 1.3 yards per play. Through 5 games, 50% of the snaps defended during the first-half have gone for 2-yards less. It increases to 57% during the second-half. First-down offense continues to be an issue for the Auburn offense. For the season, 48.5% of their snaps on first-down have gone for 3-yards or less. Against, LSU, 60% went for 3-yards or less. This must improve moving forward. Through 5 games, I have predicted Auburn to have an average score of 40-20 and their actual average has worked out to 42-14. This is one area, I don't mind being wrong for now. 391 of Auburn's 566 total-yards came of the Tigers 16 impact plays. Of Auburn's 16 impact-plays on offense, Nick Marshall was directly involved in 11 of them. All 13 of Auburn's offensive possessions began on their side of the field. This was the first time this season the Tigers failed to have at least 1 short-field possession during a game. During the first 3 games, Nick Marshall completed only 30.4% of his passes beyond 10-yards of the line of scrimmage. During the past 2 games, it has improved to 50.0%. Nick Marshall was most effective passing the ball on 2nd down against LSU. He was 6 of 10 for 129-yards and 2 TD's. He was 5 of 5 on first-down but for a total of only 12-yards. Auburn completed passes to 9 different players vs. LSU. Nick Marshall completed only 43% of his first-down passes during the first 3 games. He's 9 of 9 during the last 2 games. Through 5 games, Auburn has scored on 25 of 35 possessions the Tigers registered at least 2 first-downs during the possession. LSU averaged 5.33 yards per rush during the first-half and only 1.73 yards during the second-half. Auburn's front-7 has accounted for 54.7% of the team's tackles on the season. Against LSU it was 64.3%, a season high thus far. Auburn has run the ball 60.3% of the time during the first-half and 72.8% during the second-half. Final Word: For those waiting for Nick Marshall to become a precision passer, you are likely in for a long wait. If you are expecting for Marshall to be a play-maker, he has consistently delivered during his Auburn career. He simply possesses that "it" factor, rising to the occasion when it has been most needed. Last season through 5 games, Nick Marshall delivered 27 impact plays from 176 offensive touches or 1 every 6.5 plays. This season Marshall has 30 on 153 plays or 1 every 5.1 snaps. He has improved dramatically in converting 3rd downs, passing the ball compared to last season. Jeremy Johnson will have his role in the offense this season and is a tremendous luxury as Auburn's backup quarterback. In terms of being the leader of the offense, Nick Marshall has it locked down. The LSU game was a great indicator the Auburn offense made a major step moving forward but first-down production needs to improve. As long as Auburn can generate impact and explosive plays, it will offset the lack of production on first down but struggling on first-down has a tendency of catching up with any offense. Until Auburn becomes consistent on offense, it is great to know the defense has delivered every week this season. The defense has managed to play well despite the massive substitutions that have been this season. Auburn has built tremendous depth at all three levels of the defense, which payoff as the season progresses. The Mississippi State game now becomes the biggest showdown in the history of the series. Dan Mullen has been a massive thorn in the side of the Auburn Tigers since his arrival at Mississippi State and this is clearly his best team to date. Auburn will have to play a complete game in all three phases of the game to come away from Starkville with a victory. You can rest assure the Bulldogs will give Auburn their best shot and the Tigers cannot afford to give anything less in return. War Eagle!
  12. During the last 20 meetings against LSU, Auburn has won the "tackle for loss battle" only 3 times, tied it 2 times and lost it 15 times. Last season against LSU, Auburn lost a low-scoring battle with LSU (14-12) but was dominated at the line of scrimmage. LSU recorded 14 TFL to Auburn's 5. This has always been a very physical match up and this year's game should be no different. If Auburn is to be competitive, they must win their share of battles up front against the Bayou-Tigers. On this play MSU will attempt to run their zone-read play but the play is blown up by Nosa Eguae and finished off my Therezie Robenson. At the snap, Nosa Eguae angles inside, which forces the QB to give off to his RB on the outside run play. Eguae adjusts his point of attack and is able to penetrate the backfield to force the RB wide and backwards. Eguae strings the RB out towards the side line as Robenson Therezie bursts in at the last second to drill the RB for a loss near the side line. A Bulldog WR attempted to shield off Robenson but he beat the block, registering a tackle for loss. Auburn will need solid play from the front-4 against LSU. They don't always have to make the tackle but they need to disrupt the timing and angles of attack by the LSU offense.
  13. If Auburn is going to be successful moving the football against the LSU defense this Saturday night, the Tigers will have to move the chains, which means creating manageable third-down situations. Last season Auburn struggled on third down because their average distance needed for a conversion was 8.3 yards. This season the Auburn offense has been more consistent on first down averaging well over 6-yards per play on first down. This has kept the third-down distance needed to 6.0 yards. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 5 from the MSU 31-yard line. Auburn comes out in a 4-WR set and C.J. Uzomah is split out wide on the boundary side with Marcus Davis in the slot. Just before the snap, Uzomah ***** inside towards Davis because the OLB is edging up for a blitz look. Auburn runs a combo route on the boundary side with Davis running an underneath out-route to Uzomah's square-in route. The CB is playing off the line giving up space to Uzomah and the safeties are in a cover-2. The CB releases off Uzomah to jump the quick out to Davis leaving Uzomah wide open underneath the safety. Nick Marshall fires the pass to Uzomah, who hauls the pass in and gains extra yardage after the reception. The play results in a first down and 17-yards gained.
  14. Something Gus Malzahn will likely test the waters with is his screen packages to his WR's against LSU. LSU in the past has done a great job defending them but it remains a primary aspect of Malzahn's offense to stretch defenses out side line to side line as well as setting up the running game and vertical passes. I expect to see some vertical passes off the screen game against LSU, we have not seen executed during the first 3 games. On this play Auburn runs a quick screen to Ricardo Louis on 1st down. The play is set up with a run-heavy look, which is expected from a Malzahn offense on first down. At the snap, Marshall play-actions with CAP as both guards pull to their right to sell the run look. Note how the MSU defense reacts to the run first. Nick Marshall zips his pass out to Louis, who has open space to operate. He initially cuts inside and then bounces outside around Jaylon Denson. Denson provides a crushing block to allow Louis the side line for an 11-yard gain and an Auburn first down. Louis is a very physical receiver with great side to side movement.
  15. If Auburn is to be competitive with LSU in Baton Rouge, Nick Marshall is going to have to be very efficient. It will likely be a game, he will be required to throw the football more than 25 times. If this is the case, hopefully Auburn is throwing the ball when they want to rather than when they have to. Marshall came up big against Mississippi State, especially during the 2-minute drive to win the game. One of the reasons for success was MSU playing their safeties deep over top and tight coverage underneath. Gus Malzahn gave Marshall combo-routes on both sides of the field in a 4-WR set, which allowed the QB to make quick reads and precision deliveries. On this play Auburn Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 24-yard line, coming out in a 4-WR set. Marcus Davis and Sammie Coates are at the top of the formation with Davis in the slot. At the snap, Nick Marshall looks off to the wide side of the field as Coates runs a short sideline route and Davis runs a skinny post. With MSU's safeties playing over top and MSU rushing 4, it basically comes down to a 5 on 4 match up in favor of the Bulldogs in the secondary. Davis is being covered by a LB and Coates draws the primary attention on the shorter route. Davis finds open space over the LB and underneath the safety. Marshall delivers the pass for a 17-yard gain and first down. When MSU jumped the shorter routes, Marshall went to the vertical routes and when the vertical routes were taken away, Marshall threw underneath to the shorter routes.
  16. If the Auburn defense is going to have success against the LSU offense, Ellis Johnson will need to call a more aggressive game. We will likely see more man coverage so that Auburn can overload in run-support. This also means the potential of giving up big plays but it's the gamble Johnson will likely have to take Saturday night. Zach Mettenberger has gotten off to a great start for LSU but has struggled when facing 3rd & 10 or longer. On the flip side, Auburn's defense has only given up 4 of 20 conversions on 3rd down, when the opponent has faced 10-yards or more to convert. On this play MSU faces a 3rd & 14 from their own 48-yard line. Ellis Johnson dials up a zone-blitz with Kris Frost coming up the middle and Robenson Therezie off the edge. Angelo Blackson will back out into coverage at the snap. At the snap, Kris Frost and LaDarius Owens establish penetration into the backfield, forcing the MSU QB to step up in the pocket. Robenson Therezie arrives and is able to slow the QB down by holding his foot. Joshua Holsey closes in and holds the QB until other Tigers arrive to finish off the play. If Auburn cannot place LSU into 3rd & long, it could be a long night for the Auburn defense. Expect LSU to have their share of yardage but Auburn needs to counter with tackles for loss and turnovers to make it a game.
  17. Something Auburn might need of Nick Marshall this week down in Baton Rouge is his ability to pick up extra first downs with his feet. Last season Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier combined for 10 first downs rushing the football. Nick Marshall through 3 games already has 7. Last week against Mississippi State, Marshall picked up 2 first downs on the game-winning drive by rushing for them. Over the past 25 seasons an Auburn first down has been worth 1.4 points. This season it's worth 1.5 points through 3 games. Marshall clearly has the ability to extend drives with his athletic ability and Auburn could use 4-5 of those come this Saturday. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 5 from midfield, coming out in a 4-WR set. Before the snap Marcus Davis motions from the boundary side to the wide side, giving Auburn a bunch set to the left. At the snap Nick Marshall rolls to his left looking for the short pass to pick up the first down. Realizing the pass isn't there, Marshall cuts back to the boundary side with plenty of green grass to maneuver. As he turns the corner he has one defender to beat, which he does. Marshall gains 15-yards on the play, extending the Auburn drive. Auburn gained an extra 33-yards after this play, scoring a FG. This is the type of play Auburn needs Marshall to make against LSU. As aggressive as the LSU defense will be, Marshall gives the Auburn offense the element they need to put pressure on the LSU defense. In frame #4, I highlighted the block of WR Trovon Reed but identified him as Quan Bray by mistake.
  18. If Auburn is to pull the upset on No. 6 LSU in Baton Rouge, the Auburn OL will have to play well. It will be a physical contest and the team with the better running game normally comes out victorious. Auburn enters the game with an average of 239.3 yards rushing per game but struggled last week running between the tackles. Corey Grant could be a player to watch for against LSU, especially if Gus Malzahn elects to include him in the passing game. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & goal at the MSU 14-yard line intent to run on the play. Though the play did not convert for a TD, it was a good example of key blocks setting up a positive gain. At the snap Kiehl Frazier can keep and follow Alex Kozan running between the tackles but he elects to give to Corey Grant on the speed sweep. Jay Prosch takes out the OLB and Quan Bray takes out the CB. Note in frame #2 how the 4 remaining OL drive the MSU DL off the ball and away from the point of attack. Again, the Auburn OL will have to play well to keep the Auburn offense balanced against a very fast LSU defense. Onterio McCalebb in a limited role finished his career against LSU with 27 offensive touches for 200-yards and 3 TD's. Corey Grant will likely be limited in touches but utilizing him in space in the passing game could set up some explosive play opportunities against LSU.
  19. One of the aspects of Gus Malzahn's offense I was hoping to see upon his return in 2013 was the natural evolution of his offense. He is not the same coach he was when he broke into the collegiate ranks back in 2006. Over time he had to learn to adjust his offense to what would work at this level. Having broke down many of his offensive plays since 2009, I have already noticed new plays and formations this season he did not utilize from 2009-2011. As creative and dynamic as his offense has been, it's good to know he is always searching for something new to add to his playbook. On this play Auburn has a 1st & 10 from their own 25. Because Malzahn likes to establish the run on first down, MSU is anticipating a running play. Malzahn feeds this anticipation by showing a run look with a FB and TE in the backfield. Note in frame #1 the area (white spot) Malzahn actually intends to target with C.J. Uzomah. At the snap Nick Marshall play-actions with Tre Mason as Chad Slade pulls to his left, further selling the run look. The LB's bite edging up to the line to play the run. At the same time C.J. Uzomah releases from the backfield on a square-in pattern. To clear the targeted area, Marshall does have a half-roll right, looking off his intended target. Now the LB's shift back and to their left following Marshall's eyes to his right. The play works to perfection as Marshall plants and throws back to his left, hitting Uzomah for a 21-yard gain underneath the lone safety playing high over top. Uzomah now has 10 career receptions of which 7 have been impact plays. Malzahn stated he would move the big TE around and he has delivered. I really think Uzomah could be a major part of the game plan against LSU this Saturday night. Against Mississippi State, Malzahn opened up the offense with Nick Marshall throwing 14 passes on 1st down. He went 11 of 14 for 140-yards against the Bulldogs on first down.
  20. Quarterbacks are often judged on championships or their individual performances in the clutch. Nick Marshall was given the opportunity to drive his offense close to length of the field in under 2 minutes, with a TD needed to win the game. Marshall and the Auburn offense delivered capping off the drive with a brilliantly executed play. On this play Auburn faces a 2nd & 7 from the MSU 11-yard line with only 15 seconds left in the game and trailing by 3. Because Auburn still has one timeout remaining, they have the luxury of actually running the football, which means the Bulldogs must defend both options. Malzahn takes full advantage of the situation by coming out in a 2-WR look, which forces State to defend the box. Note in Image #1, the 9 defenders within the box. This leaves Uzomah 1 on 1 with a 5-10 corner in open space. At the snap, Nick Marshall will pump-fake as Uzomah does a stop & go to freeze the CB. The corner bites on the pump-fake as Uzomah rips past him (corner held) into the end zone as Marshall delivers a perfectly thrown fade pass. The ball is placed in only a spot Uzomah can make a play on and he delivers. He takes advantage of his 6-4 height, hauling in the game-winning TD pass.
  21. Coming into the season Auburn lacked proven experience at the WR position and the coaching staff counted on Quan Bray to step up being a veteran player. He came into the Mississippi State game with 47 career offensive touches but had yet to record an offensive play of 30-yards or more. On this play Auburn faces a 3rd & 7 from their own 24-yard line, coming out in a 4-WR set. Quan Bray is lined up at the bottom (out of view in frame #1), with 1 on 1 coverage by the corner. At the snap, Nick Marshall mishandles the snap and the CB can be seen looking back into the backfield at this moment. For whatever reason (possibly Marshall's fumble), the CB failed to cover Bray running a deep sideline route. Because MSU rushed only 3, Marshall had time to recover the loose ball and roll to his left. He delivers a slightly under thrown pass, which Bray catches. Bray avoids the diving tackle by the safety, racing to the end zone for a 76-yard TD play. It is currently the longest play from scrimmage this season and hopefully not the last "big" play by Quan Bray.
  22. Upon Further Review of the Mississippi State Game: Auburn's 3rd down defense is indicative of Ellis Johnson's halftime adjustments through 3 games. The Tigers have allowed a conversion rate of 53.8 percent during the first half and only 25.0 percent during the second half. It's nearly perfect in the 4th quarter with Auburn allowing 1 conversion on 12 attempts. Auburn's opponent has converted 27.6% of their 3rd downs with at least 6-yards needed and 20% with at least 10-yards needed. Through 3 games into the season, 44.6% of Auburn's offensive snaps have resulted in 5-yards or more, while 44.9% of the opponent's snaps have gone for at least 5-yards. Through 3 games, 40.9% of the snaps against the AU defense during the first half went for 2-yards or less. It increases to 51.4% during the second half. Through 3 games Auburn has averaged 6.62 yards per play on first down with 44.1% netting at least 5-yards. Only 1.1% has gone for a loss. Through 3 games, 54.2% of Grant's carries have gained at least 5-yards. Mason is next at 43.6% and Artis-Payne is third at 31.4%. Auburn is currently allowing 2.64 yards per rush on defense during the first half and 7.30 yards during the second half. One of the reason for the inflated second-half numbers is a failure in QB containment. Opposing QB's have rushed for 221-yards on 5.7 yards per rush, while the starting RB as rushed for 137-yards on 4.4 yards per carry. Of Auburn's 16 scoring drives this season, 14 have been aided by at least 1 explosive play. Last season through 3 games, the DL was involved in 21.5% of the team's tackles. It has improved to 26.4% in 2013. Nick Marshall recorded the 15th 300-yard passing performance against a conference opponent since 1986. Auburn is now 11-3-1 in those games. Since 1986, there have been 58 conference games, when an Auburn QB attempted at least 30 passes during a game. Of those 58 games, Nick Marshall's QB rating of 159.1 ranks No. 6. Thus far the 4th quarter has belonged to Auburn. The Tigers have scored 20 points to zero allowed. Auburn has averaged 6.4 yards per play during the final period to 4.7 allowed. Auburn has converted 51% of their 3rd downs compared to the opponent's 8.3% during the final period. Quan Bray recorded his first 30+ yard offensive play as an Auburn Tiger. He now has 50 career offensive touches. Auburn is now 97-7-2 in conference play, when scoring at least 24 points since 1981. Last season the Auburn offense had 77 impact plays on offense. The 2013 Auburn offense is on pace for 96 during the regular season. Not outstanding but much better. Since 1992 Auburn is 95-19-2, when they record at least 8 impact plays during a game and the 2013 AU offense is currently averaging 8 per game through 3 games. A statistical category I like to watch for is Auburn's triple-efficiency regarding production in 1st down, 3rd down and limitations in "3 & out" series. The objective is to average at least 6-yards per play on first down, convert at least 40% of third-downs and to limit "3 & outs" to under 30%, all in the same game. Auburn recorded it's first triple-efficiency mark against a SEC opponent since 2010 against UGA. Since 1992 Auburn is 49-7-1, when they are successful in all 3 categories. War Eagle!
  23. If someone told me Auburn would be held to under 140-yards against MSU, I would have expected a loss. What a terrific finish for Nick Marshall and the Auburn offense. Redemption is always better, when it comes during the same game. Had the game-winning drive not happened, Nick Marshall would still be haunted by the missed opportunity on the long pass-play to Sammie Coates that would have certainly resulted in a go-ahead TD. As it played out, Marshall was given the opportunity to lead his offense on a game-winning drive and he delivered. He went 6 of 8 for 66-yards and picked up a critical 3rd & 10 with his feet. These are the types of drives that make or break a quarterback and his teammates will certainly garner more faith in him as a leader. The offense sputtered for just 18-yards during the 2nd period but picked up 441-yards in the other 3 quarters. The defense was gashed in the first half but settled down after the Bulldogs opening drive to start the second half. Once again, it was a critical moment in the game, when the defense managed to bail out the offense until they reestablished themselves. It was a beautiful ending to a game that could have easily gone either way after 3 quarters. The key was that the players never gave up and made enough plays to capture their first conference victory since 2011. In reality, we saw enough tonight to conclude this team could still finish with a losing record but yet enough to believe this team could win 8-9 games in 2013. One might conclude the team took a step backwards tonight but I don't see it that way. We saw a team that overcame turnovers and mistakes to win the game. We saw Nick Marshall have a game-breaking performance, leading his team to a victory during a 2-minute drill. We saw a defense that is still far away from being dominant but continues to make plays as crucial moments during the game. Special teams continues to be special and were an essential component of Auburn's third victory of the season. Inside the Numbers... After allowing 9.8 yards per play on first down during the first half, the Auburn defense held State to 3.7 yards during the second half. Nick Marshall executed a play of over 30-yards to himself, something never done by an Auburn player from 1992-2013. Nick Marshall ended the 26-game drought of Auburn's starting QB being held under 200-yards passing. For the third game in a row, the offense scored points in every quarter and the defense has yet to allow a single point during the final period. Auburn improved their record to 107-11, when scoring at least 10 points during the first period since 1981. Prior to tonight, Auburn was 24-40, when turning the ball over at least 3 times during a game since 1992. Auburn attempted 14 passes on first down with Nick Marshall going 11 of 14 for 140-yards. Marshall was 5 of 6 on 3rd down for 114-yards and 4 conversions. He finished with a QB rating of 297.9 on third-down. Nine different Auburn players were targeted in the passing game tonight with Sammie Coates being targeted 8 times and Marcus Davis, 7 times. Though Auburn lost the TFL battle tonight 3 to 4, Auburn did have 12 QB hurries to MSU's 1. Much better pressure on the QB during the second half. Auburn rushed for 1.8 yards per play between the tackles and 5.71 yards outside. Mississippi State averaged 6.72 yards per play during the first half and 5.40 yards during the second half. During their last 6 possessions of the game, MSU averaged 3.77 yards per play. Dak Prescott accounted for 83.3 percent of State's offense and Nick Marshall accounted for 77.1 percent. After being flagged 9 times with penalties against Arkansas State, Auburn was penalized only once against MSU. Through 3 games the 56.9% of Auburn's offensive snaps have been part of a scoring drive. This is a major improvement form the 34.0% during 2012 and close to 60.0% by the record-setting 2010 Auburn offense. Auburn's 3-headed monster at RB was finally shutdown, gaining only 90-yards on 24 carries. C.J. Uzomah made the most of his 3 opportunities with 2 resulting in explosive plays and the final being the game-winning TD reception. Nick Marshall was directly involved in all 8 of Auburn's explosive plays on offense. Takeaway each team's explosive plays on offense and Auburn averaged 3.68 yards per play and MSU averaged 3.53 yards. Overall 14 combined plays during the 138 snaps, accounted for 51.1 percent of the yardage gained. Auburn lost the trench battle during the first half but regained control during the second half. Auburn will need to play much better next week going up against a talented and physical LSU team. Of all of Auburn's explosive plays running the ball, only 1 has come between the tackles. Auburn's 1.8 yards per rush between the tackles against Mississippi State was not a good sign for the Auburn offensive line. Gus Malzahn's initial game plan for Nick Marshall during the first 3 games has been excellent. He has mixed in a majority of short perimeter passes to set up the running game and vertical pass-offense. It has allowed Marshall to build his confidence early in the game for the past 2 weeks in a row. Though Marshall still has some touch issues, he was very good on 3rd down against MSU and was great form during the game-winning drive. Before the season started, I saw Auburn's schedule as being an 8-game season. Outside LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama, how Auburn did during it's 8 remaining games would be the foundation of this season. A loss to Mississippi State would have been a major blow in this regard. Hopefully they can continue to build from tonight's victory with the ultimate goal of being a better team by the end of the season. War Eagle!
  24. Game #3 Statistical Evaluation (Miss State Game) 2013 Offensive Report Card 1) Average 6-yards per play on 1st down: 6.22 (pass) 2) Convert at least 40 pct of 3rd downs: 46.7 % pct (pass) 3) Average at least 4.5 yards per rush: 3.33 YPC (fail) 4) Score on 1/3 of your offensive possessions: 41.7% (pass) 5) Keep "3 and out" series under 33%: 25.0% (pass) 6) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: 9.97 (pass) 7) Score above 75% in red zone: 100% (pass) 8) TD Red Zone above 60%: 33.3% (fail) 9) Average 30-yards per possession: 38.2 YPP (pass) 10) 40% of offensive snaps being part of a scoring drive: 61.4% (pass) 11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6: 2 TD’s / 3 turnovers (fail) 12) TD ratio of 1 every 17 plays: 35.0 (fail) 13) 8 impact plays: 8 (pass) 14) at least 2 big plays: 3 (pass) 15) Pass rating above 125.0: 159.1 (pass) Score: 11 of 15 (73.3%) Defensive Report Card 1) Average under 6-yards per play on 1st down: 7.18 (fail) 2) Convert below 35-pct of 3rd downs: 33.3% (pass) 3) Average below 4.0 yards per rush: 5.05 YPC (fail) 4) Score below 1/3 of their possessions: 25.0% (pass) 5) Keep "3 and out" series above 33%: 16.7% (fail) 6) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: 7.61 YPA (fail) 7) Score below 75% in red zone: 75.0% (fail) 8) TD Red Zone Pct below 60%: 75.0% (fail) 9) Average under 30-yards per possession: 34.6 YPP (fail) 10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps being part of a scoring drive: 27.9% (pass) 11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6: 3 TD’s / 0 turnover (fail) 12) TD ratio of 1 every 30 plays: 22.7 (fail) 13) Less than 8 impact plays allowed: 6 (pass) 14) No more than 1 big play allowed: 3 allowed (fail) 15) Pass rating below 125.0 allowed: 117.5 (pass) Score: 6 of 15 (40.0%) Defense awarded 1 extra point for holding MSU to 98-yards on their last 6 possessions, including 2 critical stops after Auburn turnovers. Special Teams Report Card: 1) Punt Average (Above 41.3): 48.0 (pass) 2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): 0.0 (pass) 3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): 14.7 (pass) 4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): 0.0 (pass) 5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): 11.0 (fail) 6) PAT’s (100%): 2 of 2 (Pass) 7) FG Pct (75% or above): 3 of 3 (Pass) Score: 6 of 7 (85.7%) Remember the key is to pass 50.0% of the categories. War Eagle!
  25. * Auburn has gone 24 consecutive games without the starting quarterback passing for at least 200-yards during a game. Barrett Trotter was the last QB to do so, coming against Utah State during 2011. You would have to go back to 1982 through 1984 for the last 24-game drought without 200-yards passing. * Auburn has gone 95 consecutive games without having a 200-yard rusher during a game from the runningback position. Kenny Irons (2005-LSU) was the last RB to accomplish the feat. * Auburn has gone 63 consecutive games without a shutout. The last coming against La.-Monroe in 2008. * Auburn has gone 293 consecutive games without having a player with 20 tackles during a game. The last Auburn defender to do so was Jason Miska against Vanderbilt in 1993. * Auburn has gone 119 consecutive games without hanging 70 points on an opponent. The last time this happened was against La.-Monroe in 2003. * Auburn has gone 17 consecutive games without holding an FBS opponent under 100-yards rushing during a game. The 2011 Florida game was the last time the Auburn defense clamped down on the opponent's run-offense. During Auburn's last 17 games against FBS opponents, the Tigers have surrendered 209-yards rushing per game. * Auburn has gone 40 consecutive conference games without shutting out an sec opponent during the first half. The last time this happened was against Mississippi State in 2008. * During Auburn's last 15 games against an FBS opponent, the Tigers have been outscored 131 to 49 during the first quarter. This includes a current 7-game streak without scoring a single first quarter point. Magnifying the issue is the fact Auburn has been outscored 101 to 37 in the 4th period during their last 15 FBS games. * During the last 100 quarters of Auburn football (25 games), Auburn has been held scoreless in 40, while holding their opponent to 24 scoreless quarters. Just to show how far Auburn has fallen in defense, the Tigers held their opponent scoreless in 169 of 356 quarters from 2002-2008 (47.5%). From 2009-2012, Auburn held their opponent scoreless in 56 of 208 quarters (26.9%).
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