Following a solid offensive output in the first half, Auburn's offense fell apart in the fourth quarter with four drives netting a total of just four yards. That continues a disturbing trend on both sides of the ball as Ole Miss gained 149 yards and outscored the Tigers 17-0 in the final 15 minutes. That now makes 62-3 being outscored in the fourth quarter this season for Auburn, something offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said they wanted to change today after getting off to a good start.
"We were able to do a good job of mixing up the run and the pass and we were converting on third downs," Loeffler said. "What we have to do is get that fourth quarter looking like the second quarter. That's the thorn in our side right now is finishing games. The gameplan was simply to run the ball and get the game to the fourth quarter and finish it, and we didn't."
Prosch The New Weapon
Getting his first carry last week against Arkansas, fullback Jay Prosch had one carry for four yards on Saturday and had another carry negated by a penalty. He also had a reception for eight yards that put Auburn in scoring position. While the day didn't turn out the way Auburn expected the fullback said it was something to build on for him in the offense.
"It was awesome," Prosch said. "It brings another aspect to the game that I've never seen before. It definitely brings some excitement. Hopefully it will keep coming."
Answering the Bell
With a 1-5 record and the talk becoming louder and louder each week surrounding the team, the biggest challenge for this Auburn team this week will be to focus on the task at hand and try to get on the winning track at Vanderbilt. That will be led by a senior class that doesn't want to finish like this. Wide receiver Travante Stallworth said it's tough to deal with at the moment, but they realize it's about turning things around now and keeping everyone playing hard.
"It's pretty hard, but we can't worry about stuff like that," Stallworth said. "We have to focus on next week and get ready for Vanderbilt. We just have to keep everybody up, keep the young guys up. We just have to keep fighting, that's all we can do."
Prosch agreed with Stallworth saying all the team can do now is focus on the task at hand and keep trying to improve.
"We don't need to think about the past, we need to think about the future," Prosch said. "We have to think about practice day by day and game by game to try to keep moving forward. Everyone has to keep encouraging one another. The leadership we have on this team, we need to have them backing the team at all times."