AU 45, FAU 10: News and Notes, Part 2

Auburn's offense is keeping up an incredible pace on the ground in 2013.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn improved its record to 7-1 with a 45-10 victory on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium vs. the Florida Atlantic Owls.

Here are news and notes from that contest:

*Auburn scored rushing touchdowns on its first three possessions. Aside from the kneel down to end the Texas A&M game, the Tigers finished out the Aggies with rushing touchdowns on their final three possessions. On those six drives the Tigers carried the ball 32 times compared to just four passes. The drives went for 74, 69, 75, 78, 43 and 28 yards (368 total).

*Auburn rushed for 422 yards against Florida Atlantic without a 100-yard rusher. Four quarterbacks ran for 21-plus yards and four tailbacks ran for 28-plus. The Tigers are now averaging 315.4 yards on the ground per game this season. In the last three games with Avery Young starting at right tackle Auburn is averaging 437.3 yards per game on the ground.

*While the offense is seeing a huge increase statistically in ground production, the defense is allowing fewer yards in recent weeks. Through the first four games the Tigers were allowing 172 yards per game. The last four games Auburn is allowing just 105 yards per game on the ground.

*Through eight games the 2013 offense is averaging 511 yards per game offensively (315.4 rushing and 195.6 passing). In comparison, the 2010 National Championship Team averaged 499.2 (284.8 rushing and 214.4 passing).

*The 2013 Tigers are also allowing 3.5 points per game less than the 2010 team. "The defense did a good job," Coach Gus Malzahn said after Saturday night's win. " That group had two weeks to prepare for us and to come up with a plan. I really felt like our defense played solid, especially after they found out what their scheme was going to be."

*Sammie Coates caught three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns against Florida Atlantic. For the season he has 21 receptions for 536 and four scores. At this pace he would set Freddie Weygand's school record for yards per reception. Coates is averaging 25.5 per catch. In 1984 Weygand averaged 24.9 catching 32 passes for 796 yards.

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