Tigers Study La. Tech Close Call

After watching film of Auburn's 48-41 overtime win over Louisiana Tech, offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone cited both positives and negatives in the play of the offense. Mazzone addressed the media following a short workout on the practice field that keyed mainly on correcting mistakes and conditioning.

''We need to improve on protecting the ball,'' Mazzone said. ''Daniel (Cobb) has to protect it, especially in crucial situations. That is something that he will learn. It was his first start in two years. He needs to know when to take the plays and when not to take the plays.

''I thought we had a lot of players play well. I thought (running backs) Carnell (Williams) and Casinious (Moore) played well. I was really happy with the way Ronnie (Brown) played. We put some special things in for him and he did well. We need to get him on the field more. I was happy to see our receivers get really involved in the game. Deandre (Green), Tim (Carter), Silas (Daniels) and Jeris (McIntyre) all made big catches. It was good to see them involved in the offense. We have been struggling some with our passing game and I think we made some progress yesterday.''

Auburn quarterback Daniel Cobb threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns, but was also intercepted four times in the game.

''Daniel did a nice job handling the offense, the signals, getting them in and out of the huddle, and making the right checks,'' Mazzone said. ''But, a couple of times he made some rash decisions that were wrong. Hopefully, when he's in those same situations again, he'll make a better decision for us.''

The Tigers face Arkansas in Fayetteville this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The game will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports.

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