A Win Worth Smiling About for Malzahn

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn discusses Auburn's 65-43 victory over Arkansas.

Auburn, Ala.--Gus Malzahn is a perfectionist, but immediately after Auburn's 65-43 victory over Arkansas he was having trouble coming up with something he didn't like as the Tigers improved to 7-0.

"That's a hard question right now," he said, but the coach quickly added that once he breaks down the game video he will find things that he likes. "For now I am just happy," he said.

Gus Malzahn and fellow Arkansas natives Lee Ziemba (left) and Kodi Burns (right) celebrate the victory.

One of the statistics dear to the heart of an offensive coordinator is red zone production. The Tigers were 9-9 vs. the Razorbacks when moving inside the Arkansas 20-yard line.

"Did we have any turnovers?" the coach asked. The answer was no and he said, "That is the most important thing so that was good. We need to protect the football vs. good teams."

Auburn just threw one pass in the third quarter, but Malzahn had an explanation. "We were really trying to run some clock," he said. "Then they were gearing up for the run and we made up our mind on (the first fourth quarter TD drive) that we were going to come out throwing and loosen them up and that changed everything."

Cameron Newton had his only touchdown pass of the game, a 15-yarder to Emory Blake. That put Auburn ahead 44-43 and was the first of four touchdowns the Tigers scored in a less than six minutes to take command of the contest.

Even though the Tigers punted just twice and finished the day with 470 yards on offense to carry Auburn to victory, a smiling Malzahn pointed out all parts of the team contributed to the win.

"Our special teams played so well," Malzahn said. "They accounted for one touchdown and our defense picked up a fumble and scored. It was a total team effort. It was nice to score that many points against a good Arkansas team."


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