Sunday, August 31, 2014
Defense Lifts Tigers in 2nd Half
Auburn hosted the Razorbacks from Arkansas Saturday to start the 2014 football season. The Hawgs left with the bitter taste of defeat as the Tigers were victorious by the score of 45 - 21.
As most hosts in the South are prone to do, they entreated their guests, and made them feel welcome. There were some highlight worthy plays, and many delightful celebrations in the first half. The trap was set for the Hawgs in the 2nd half.
For all of the merriment would belong to the Auburn faithful in the second half. Allowing just 2 yards rushing and a paltry 61 yards of total offense, and only 3 first downs after the halftime break. These Tigers had this old writer feeling some old time love for an Auburn defense.
Everything the Razorbacks found success with in the first half was quickly and summarily put to rest in the second. Auburn's defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson had figured out the visitors strategy. Adjustments were made, and the visitors would no longer feel welcomed.
What followed was the most dazzling display by an Auburn defense since the days when Tommy Tuberville walked the sidelines as the Auburn coach. A pick six by Jermaine Whitehead set up by a crushing tackle by Robenson Therezie as the Hawgs QB was releasing his pass attempt.
Sacks, tackles for losses, ignited the rain soaked crowd. Even an hour and 28 minute rain delay was not stopping the celebration.
There were many offensive highlights by our Tigers throughout the entire game, but nothing is more welcome in Auburn than watching their defense play "Good old American football."