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Upon Further Review -Iron Bowl


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  • Auburn's 31 point loss to Alabama is Gus Malzahn's worse defeat at Auburn, surpassing his 27 point loss to Georgia during the 2014 season. It likely factored into Malzahn's decision to "finish the game", when the Tigers fell behind by 24 points early in the final period.


  • Auburn under Gus Malzahn is now 5-16 in games the Tigers trail by at least three points at halftime against an FBS opponent. This includes a 2-11 record when trailing by at least seven points.


  • Of Auburn's 17 plays of 30-yards or more on offense this season, only five have occurred during the first half.


  • 24.0 percent of Auburn's offensive snaps against UAT, netted 5-yards or more. Alabama gained at least 5-yards on 50.8 percent of their snaps. Both were season-lows for the Auburn offense and defense.


  • Coming into the Iron Bowl, Auburn's defense allowed 4.9 yards per play and 5.0 yards per play during the second half. Alabama averaged 8.5 yards during the game and 14.3 yards during the second half.


  • Alabama scored 35 points on only 22 second half snaps.


  • Malik Willis has completed 4 of 6 passes for 19 yards on the season. Less than 5-yards per completion is not great quarterback development.


  • Jarrett Stidham was a combined 7 of 19 against UAT, passing on first and second downs for 30-yards.


  • Against Georgia and Alabama this season, 68 percent of Jarrett Stidham's passes were within 5-yards of the line of scrimmage. He completed 29 of 46 short passes for 148-yards and zero touchdowns. That's an average of 3.2 yards per attempt and 5.1 yards per completion.


  • 45.8 percent of the combined carries by JaTarvious Whitlow, Kam Martin and Shaun Shivers were held to 3-yards or less.


  • Auburn had a "team" statistical report score of 21.6 percent, a season-low. Auburn's average team score this season is 53.3 percent.


  • During Auburn's first four conference games, the Tigers converted only 47.4 percent of their short-yardage situations (2-yds or less), running the football. During the last four conference games, Auburn made a dramatic improvement of 83.3 percent.


  • Alabama finished with a pass rating of 234.7, the worst performance by an Auburn defense against an opponent with at least 20 pass attempts, since 1960.


  • Alabama gained more than 5.3 yards per play on first down than Auburn. It was the worst difference since the 2008 LSU loss, when the Bengal-Tigers averaged more than 5.9 yards per play.


  • Yesterday's game marked the 24th time the Auburn pass offense averaged less than 6-yards per pass attempt on first down under Gus Malzahn. Of those 24 times, Auburn was held under 200-yards rushing, posting a 2-9 record.


  • The Auburn offense was held to under 300-yards on five occasions during the 2016 and 2017 seasons combined (27 games). The Tigers have been held under 300-yards four times this season alone.


  • The Auburn offense averaged 6-yards or more on first down during 59 percent of their conference games from 2013-2014. Since 2014, it has dropped to 35 percent in conference play.


  • Auburn's average pass efficiency rating on first down from 1992-2018 is 139.2. Yesterday marked the 22nd time Auburn has fallen under a 120 rating under Gus Malzahn against an FBS opponent. Auburn's record during the 22 games if 6-16. Of those 22 games, Auburn was held to under 240-yards rushing on 16 occasions, posting a 1-15 record.


  • Auburn finished the conference season with a pass rating of 122.7. Auburn's average rating in conference play from 1992-2018 is 126.9. The 2018 Auburn pass offense ranks 15th among the last 27 Auburn pass offenses in efficiency rating. They are No. 21 in yards per attempt with 6.54 yards per attempt.


  • From 1992-2018, Auburn averaged 171.7 yards rushing per game in conference play. This season Auburn averaged 119.6 yards, No. 21 among the last 27 Auburn run offenses.


  • From 1992-2018, Auburn averaged 366.6 yards per game in conference play. This season Auburn averaged 328.0 yards per game, No. 18 among the last 27 Auburn offenses.


  • From 1992-2018, Auburn averaged an offensive TD every 23.6 snaps in conference play. This season the Tigers averaged a TD every 24.5 snaps, No. 13 among the last 27 Auburn offenses.


  • From 1992-2018, Auburn's defense has allowed 357.3 yards per game in conference play. Auburn allowed 420.0 yards this season, No. 24 among the last 27 Auburn defenses. The Tigers this season also finished at No. 17 among the last 27 Auburn defenses, allowing a TD every 29.1 snaps defended.


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  • RunInRed pinned and featured this topic

Does any fan really expect anything to get any better next year. Even with a new qb and a new ol, will things really improve that much. What about play calling, player development, pass schemes, game plans and overall play on both sides of the ball. I just don't see it. If it is really all about the buyout just say so and we will just have to deal with it but if money is really available, then it is time to move on. Yes, it will be taking a chance but at least it will not be the same old run up the middle for 1 or 2 yards on first down. Also was wondering what happened to Seth Williams yesterday? Was he hurt? After the way he played the past few games, I was really expecting good things out of him.


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I agree the defense has regressed statistically over the last few years but it is still hard to tell how much these stats are skewed due to poor offensive possessions keeping the defense on the field way more than they should be.  I do like how we work in our young guys on defense.  I can see improvement with the young guys throughout the year.  

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6 hours ago, SumterAubie said:

Some one help a layman here.

Is this constant barrage of short passes the coaching staff's attempt to overcome the ineffectiveness of the offensive line blocking? 

Quick passes yes short passes no.  Quick slants and out routes 8-15 yards  dump to a back leaking out don't take long to develop and throw and also keep the Linebackers honest helping the run game. A pass within 3 yards of line of scrimmage allows the linebacker to play both run and pass as LB doesn't have to drop back into coverage. The passing game can be used to setup the running game and vice versa but not when  your passing game is just an extension of your running game.

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