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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Very Good/Not So Good Road Win

I am not impressed. Not at all. 

Dropped passes, jumping off sides while lined up right over the center, pass interference penalties galore. With all of that going on, how could I be impressed?

Auburn went on the road, and beat a Top 20 team with an off week to prepare. The Tigers squeaked out a victory 20 -14 over the Kansas State Wildcats. I thought this was going to be a statement game. Maybe a coming out party for this 2014 Auburn team. 

Kansas State had to come from behind to beat Iowa State on the road at Ames, Iowa. No disrespect to the Iowa State team, they just haven't been a very good team lately. The Wildcats are led by a legend in the coaching profession in Bill Snyder.

 In the last 20 years, Top 5 ranked teams have played nationally ranked teams at the lower ranked teams home, on a Thursday night 13 times. Those Top 5 teams are 8-5.Okay, so I feel a little better about this win.

Auburn was held to 128 total yards rushing. Kansas State sold out stopping the run daring Nick Marshall to throw the ball. The Tigers started out 0-5 on 3rd down conversions. Not good at all!

Once the passing game finally got it's legs under it, the offense started looking a little better. Okay, a lot better. Finishing the game the Auburn offense went 10 of 13 on 3rd down conversions. That's impressive no matter who you're playing. Maybe I was so distracted with that horrid start, that I missed the finish. I am starting to feel very good about this win.

We will have more later. War Eagle!

Here are some stats provided by the official Auburn Athletics website.

Quick Stats
AU
KSU
 Total Plays
76
70
 1st Downs
22
20
     3rd down efficiency
10-18
8-14
     4th down efficiency
0-0
0-0
 Total Yards
359
285
 Passing Yards
231
245
     Comp-Att
17-31
24-40
     Yards per pass
7.5
6.1
 Rushing Yards
128
40
     Rushing attempts
45
30
     Yards per rush
2.8
1.3
 Penalties-Yards
6-46
0-0
 Turnovers
1
3
     Fumbles lost
0
1
     Interceptions thrown
1
2
 Time of Possession
31:00
29:00   
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