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Game #11 Statistical Evaluation (La. Monroe Game)

Offensive Report Card

01) Avg 6-yards per play on 1st down: [6.67] pass
02) Convert at least 40% of 3rd downs:  [50.0%] pass
03) Avg at least 4.5 yards per rush:  [6.60] pass
04) Score on at least 1/3 of possessions:  [38.5%] pass
05) Keep 3 and out series under 33%:  [7.7%] pass
06) Average 8.0 yards per pass attempt: [9.79 yds] pass
07) Score at least 75% inside red zone:  [75.0%] pass
08) TD red zone above 60%:  [75.0%] pass
09) Avg at least 30-yards per possession:  [42.5 yds] pass
10) 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives:  [41.7%] pass
11) TD / Turnover ratio above 1.6:  [2.5] pass
12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 17 snaps:  [14.4] pass
13) At least 8 impact plays:  [10] pass
14) At least 2 big plays:  [4] pass
15) Pass rating of at least 126.3:  [176.4] pass

Score: 15 of 15 (100.0%) Pass
  
Defensive Report Card:

01) Avg under 6-yards per play on 1st down: [2.82] pass
02) Convert below 35% of 3rd downs:  [40.0%] fail
03) Avg at least 4.0 yards per rush or less:  [2.83] pass
04) Score  1/3 of possessions or below:  [15.4%] pass
05) Keep 3 and out series above 33%:  [23.1%] fail
06) Average below 7.5 yards per pass attempt: [6.03 yds] pass
07) Score below 75% inside red zone:  [100.0%] fail
08) TD red zone below 60%:  [100.0%] fail
09) Avg under 30-yards per possession:  [25.6 yds] pass
10) Less than 40% of offensive snaps part of scoring drives:  [20.8%] pass
11) TD / Turnover ratio below 1.6:  [.667] pass
12) TD ratio of at least 1 every 30 snaps:  [38.5] pass
13) Less than 8 impact plays:  [5] pass
14) No more than 2 big plays allowed: [2] pass
15) Pass rating below 125.0:  [93.1] pass

Score: 11 of 15 (73.3%) Pass

Special Teams Report Card:

1) Punt Average (Above 41.3):  [33.5] fail
2) Punt Return Defense (Below 7.8 YPR): [6.0] pass
3) Punt Return Offense (Above 9.8 YPR): [-4.0] fail
4) Kick-Return Defense (Below 21.2 YPR): [9.0] pass
5) Kick-Return Offense (Above 22.3 YPR): [18.7] fail
6) PAT’s (100%): [6/6] pass
7) FG Pct (75% or above): [0/0] N/A

Score: 3 of 6 (50.0%) Pass 

* 50% is a passing score.

 

With the emotional victory over No. 1 Georgia last week, an adrenalin dump was expected against La. Monroe. Gus Malzahn expressed concerned for the possibility of a lack of focus this week, leading up to the Warhawk game. The Auburn offense came out strong, scoring a touchdown on their first possession but the defense allowed ULM to respond with an immediate touchdown to tie the game. During their next four possessions, the Auburn offense totaled only 98 yards from 23 snaps, resulting in four punts. The Auburn defense stood tall, holding ULM to just 73-yards during their next five possessions. The Tigers score a second touchdown just before the first-half expired to take a 14-7 lead.

Auburn's offense scored two touchdowns during their first three possessions of the second-half to go up 28-7. Nick Ruffin returned an interception 45-yards, part of three turnovers forced by the Auburn defense. Auburn's two interceptions against ULM ended a 5-game drought with no interceptions. Almost one-third of the yardage gained by the Warhawks came against Auburn's reserves as the starting defense played well from the first possession on. The concern might be for the injuries to Tre' Williams and Jeremiah Dinson during the second-half. It appeared Williams sustained a possible shoulder injury and Dinson might have taken a knee to the back of his head.

For the second week in a row, Auburn threw the football more than they ran it during the first-half. The focus during the second-half appeared to be geared towards the running game as Auburn ran the ball 30 times to just 40 passes. After taking a 14-7 lead at halftime, Auburn ran the ball 17 consecutive times on first down. The Tigers gained 4.1 yards per run on first down during the 17 consecutive run plays. The Auburn pass-offense continued their trend of feasting on the perimeter passing game with 50 percent of the pass attempts within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage.  Jarrett Stidham was 3 of 8, throwing beyond 10-yards of the line of scrimmage.

It certainly was not a polished performance, but it was efficient enough for a convincing victory. The self-inflicted mistakes are a concern as Auburn's defense extended two possessions on penalties and Jarrett Stidham had his third fumble during a center exchange this season. Mistakes like this can be overcome against lesser competition but not against the beast that will roll into Jordan-Hare next Saturday. Auburn's victory over La. Monroe was not memorable, but they're not supposed to be. It was a 4-touchdown sleepwalk, but it did secure the Tigers' ninth victory of the season. If Auburn wins the Iron Bowl next week, no one will remember how this game played out.       

 

War Eagle!

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Win #9 :wareagle:

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I do like that we are putting the ball in the air in the 1st half as it is making us more balanced and keeping the opponent D honest.     We have to do it this week to stop any pass rush and give us timetable hit the open receivers.   

 

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It wasn't pretty at all. ULM should've been shut out or held to 3 points at the most but those penalties (usually on our DBs) are extremely costly on 3rd downs. The tackling bug was back too - though mostly with the reserves. ULM was just playing more physical than we were. And turnovers in games like these are inexcusable. I was having Mercer flashbacks and nearly left at halftime. Ugh.

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