Dyer Delivers A Message And Big Yardage

A report on Auburn's football victory features comments from Gus Malzahn.

Auburn, Ala.--Gus Malzahn answered a text message from his star running back and that star running back, Michael Dyer, backed up what he told his coach and helped answer the question on whether or not Auburn would bounce back from its worst loss of the Gene Chizik Era.

Dyer carried the football 27 times for 177 yards and a touchdown in Auburn's victory over Ole Miss on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The victory improved the team's record to 6-3 and was just what the Tigers needed after losing 45-10 at LSU a week earlier.

"He was ready to play," said Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator. "He texted me before the game, ‘Coach, I am ready,' so we just kept giving the football to him.

"A lot of times when we have success with him running the football that is when we can be the offense we need to be," said Malzahn, whose unit finished with 414 yards, including 254 yards on the ground.

"We made some timely throws and we were able to run the football," Malzahn said as Auburn bounced back from what had developed into an October scoring drought, prompting a change in starting quarterbacks. "That is what we needed to be successful," the coach noted.

Malzahn said he was pleased with how Clint Moseley performed in his second start at quarterback and how the offensive line bounced back from a rough game at LSU.

"The game is slowing down for him," Malzahn said of Moseley, a redshirt sophomore. "I think he is getting more and more comfortable in the starting quarterback role here at Auburn. I am proud of him."

Malzahn said he was also proud of the offensive line. "They did a good job because a lot of Clint's passes were deep balls on double moves," Malzahn said. "They weren't just like quick ones. I am proud of our offensive line.

"Everybody had a tough deal at LSU," Malzahn added. "We had to bounce back. It is a tribute to our players to be able to do that against a good Ole Miss team."

Malzahn said having the same offensive line starting group together for a third consecutive week was important to the team's success with Chad Slade settling in at left guard in place of injured starter Jared Cooper. "We do a lot of things with our offensive line, probably more than most," Malzahn explained. "It is real critical that they can get in the same position, start communication and all of that."

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