Coach Gus Malzahn (above) saw his team drop to 2-1 with a 45-21 loss at LSU on Saturday.
Saturday was like a broken record for Gus Malzahn coached teams in Tiger Stadium as LSU jumped out to a huge lead a coasted to a 45-21 win over Auburn in a game that wasn't that close. Much like it happened in 2013, Auburn's offense struggled to get anything going in the first half and with the defense having its own problems it made for the perfect storm in the loss.
“Obviously, our timing was off,” Malzahn said of the offense. “That was the big thing for me, everything was off. That had a lot to do with us getting in that hole.”
Totaling just 260 yards of offense with quarterback Jeremy Johnson throwing for just 100 yards with another interception, Auburn’s passing game continues to be a sore spot. That wasn’t expected to be the case for this team with plenty of weapons outside and Johnson throwing the football, but so far it has been a whole lot of bad and very little good this season.
“That’s real tough,” Malzahn said. “The timing was out of sorts, that was the big thing from a passing game standpoint. It wasn’t a whole lot of new from what they did or didn’t do, we just didn’t do the execution part of the passing game.”
While Johnson has taken much of the brunt of the criticism for Auburn‘s struggles on offense this year, Malzahn said it continues to be a team problem. With Mississippi State up next and the brunt of the SEC schedule still ahead this group of Tigers has a long way to go, something Malzahn said can be fixed, but it's going to take more than one player to get the job done.
“It wasn’t just Jeremy,” Malzahn said. “It was a total deal. Anytime you don’t play good offensively there are 11 guys out there. The first half was, y’all saw it, was poor. We bounced back in the second half and kept fighting, that was the positive. We’ve got to get better and we are going to get better.”