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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Offense Off to a Great Start

photo courtesy of: AUBURNFORLIFE

Last weekend our offense looked really sharp, right from the very first snap of the ball. I can honestly tell you, that I have never witnessed an Auburn offense start so strongly in the very first game, and the very first play, of a season. And the starter at QB was our back up Jeremy Johnson.

The start was so impressive head coach Gus Malzahn told Jeremy Johnson, "You're a stud." Johnson was 12 of 16 pass attempts for 243 yards, 2 TD's zero interceptions, and most impressively, zero sacks. That is a great day for most Auburn QB's of the past, and Johnson did this in the first half. 

Auburn put Arkansas away in the second half, and won the game handily as it turned out. Nick Marshall came in the second half, after serving his suspension for a violation of team rules, and picked right up from where he left off last season. 

The Auburn offense was very balanced. The Tigers could run or throw at ease. Below is the stat sheet from the official Auburn Athletics site. The outside column belongs to the good guys.

FIRST DOWNS...................       20       27
  Rushing.....................        9       15
  Passing.....................        9       11
  Penalty.....................        2        1
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      153      302
  Rushing Attempts............       29       48
  Average Per Rush............      5.3      6.3
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        1        3
  Yards Gained Rushing........      168      321
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       15       19
NET YARDS PASSING.............      175      293
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  18-31-1  16-22-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      5.6     13.3
  Average Per Completion......      9.7     18.3
  Passing Touchdowns..........        2        2
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      328      595
  Total offense plays.........       60       70
  Average Gain Per Play.......      5.5      8.5
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      2-0      2-1


 They will be very difficult for our future opponents if this keeps up, and I hope it does.

Our next game is against San Jose State. We previewed them earlier this year, you can find that HERE.

WAR EAGLE!




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