AU 55, UT 23: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 1

Auburn continues to pound the football on the ground. Tennessee had no answers for the Tigers' running attack as the Tigers cruised 55-23.

Knoxville, Tenn.--Like Gus Malzahn, Tennessee's Butch Jones is in his first season as a head coach in the SEC. Jones said it was frustrating to see his team give up 444 rushing yards to the Tigers, including 214 by quarterback Nick Marshall.

"There were a number of times we had an individual there and we couldn't make the play," Jones said. "You've got to give them credit.

"Nick Marshall is a great player," Jones said. "Tennessee's not the only school that they've done it against. We've played against a high level of competition, the quality of the competition. When you play a fast team like Auburn that has great team speed and a quarterback that has the elusiveness of Nick Marshall, you have to be decisive in the way you tackle. If you sit back and play on your heels, it's over with.

"All week we talked about ‘Shoot it, shoot it… run your feet and shoot, run your feet and go.' There were a couple of times we're in place and we sit back instead of just go, because even if you're aggressive and you miss, the pursuit is coming, but when you sit back now they can gain ground as they continue to make you miss.

In other news and notes:

*With 444 yards rushing versus Tennessee, Auburn has rushed for more than 200 yards in nine out of 10 games this year. Mississippi State held Auburn to 120 yards on the ground. The Tigers rushed for more than 300 yards against Arkansas State, and Texas A&M, more than 400 yards against Florida Atlantic and Tennessee and more than 500 versus Western Carolina.

*Marshall set the individual game high for Auburn on the ground this year with 214 yards. It was three yards shy of Cam Newton's high of 217 versus LSU and eight short of AU's school record of 222 by Travis Tidwell versus Furman on Oct. 5, 1946. Marshall was sacked for a seven-yard loss on his first attempt, but ran for 221 on his next 13 attempts. He had touchdown scores of seven and 38 yards, giving him seven for the season.

*Tre Mason scored touchdowns of 13, four and one, giving him 16 scoring runs on the year. He is getting close to Cam Newton's school record of 20. Mason went over 1,000 yards for the season for the second consecutive year. He now has 1,038 through 10 games.

*Both Marshall and Mason were over 100 yards rushing. It's the fifth time Mason has gone over 100 this year (132 vs. LSU, 100 vs. Western Carolina, 178 vs. Texas A&M, 168 vs. Arkansas, 117 vs. Tennessee). Marshall has done it three times (140 vs. Ole Miss, 100 vs. Texas A&M, 214 vs. Tennessee). Cameron Artis-Payne has done it twice (102 vs. Arkansas State, 133 vs. Western Carolina). Corey Grant also topped 100 with 146 vs. Washington State.

*Tennessee safety Brian Randolph was complimentary of the Auburn running attack after the game.

"They had two explosive runners in the backfield, the quarterback and the running back, so we had to honor both," Randolph said. "The quarterback did a good job of carrying out the space and we just didn't get the job done."

"You would think that you would be able to anticipate the play," he added, "but it's still hard because you don't know who has the ball. They could have given it to the running back and he could pull it"

"They were definitely fast," Randolph continued. "We kind of planned for them to be fast. We had a track guy scout the team quarterback for us this week. We practiced and got ready but we just didn't get the job done."


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