Back In The Lineup: It's Miller Time

Auburn's Patrick Miller talks about being back in the starting lineup, the loss to Alabama and more.

Preparing for the biggest game of the season didn‘t keep the Auburn Tigers from making some changes during the week and one of those was a switch on the offensive line. A starter early in the season before going down with an injury, Patrick Miller was back in the lineup for the Iron Bowl.

Starting at right tackle with Chad Slade beside him, Miller was part of an offense that rolled up 630 yards and 44 points in a loss to Alabama. Even though the game didn‘t turn out like he hoped, Miller said it was great to get back on the field for the Tigers once again.

Knowing they had to take chances throwing the ball down the field against an Alabama defense that is good against the run, the Tigers went to more of a passing offensive lineup on Saturday night and it paid off to the tune of 465 yards. Even though it didn’t lead to a win, Miller said they felt like the offense finally got into the type of rhythm it has been looking for all season long.

“Definitely,” Miller said. “I think it was a new look for our offense too with the amount of passing and pass blocking we were doing. Nick was on point. Every time you looked up one of the receivers was coming down with the ball. To me that was really a good sign, but you want to win against Bama.

“Personally I wasn’t expecting it to be that many points,” he added. “I was expecting it to be more of a slugfest, not so much back and forth but both teams were just on point with the offense. It was just one of those high-scoring games.”

While Auburn’s offense had one of the best-ever performances against Alabama in school history, it could have been even better. Converting touchdowns on just two of eight trips inside the 20-yard line, Miller said it was one of the low points of an otherwise well-played offensive game for the Tigers.

“It’s hard to say,” Miller said of the red zone issues. “We’ll just have to break down the film, but they have those big guys that fill the gaps well. We just needed to get on our high horse and drive those guys out of there.”

With one game left in the 2014 season the Tigers have one final opportunity to play with this group before turning their attention to next year. Even though Auburn played well at times and had a chance to upset No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Miller said playing well and staying close isn’t good enough.

“It’s really frustrating, really frustrating,” Miller said. “You score 44 points and you want to win the game, but that’s just how it goes.”

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