The third-year Tiger head coach had multiple reasons to be smiling.
For starters, his Tigers got a big road victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, bouncing back from a disappointing performance at Arkansas two weeks ago.
With the exciting 24-17 victory over the Bulldogs, Tuberville's Tigers need to win just one more game to mathematically eliminate the competition for the SEC West title.The next chance is at home this coming Saturday vs. an Alabama team with a losing record.
The Auburn coach was also smiling about his team's ability to follow the offensive game plan to control the clock and keep the UGA offense off the field. AU held a commanding 38:58 to 21:02 time of possession advantage.
The Tiger coach also liked the effort he saw from a defense that gave up too many points at Arkansas.
Last, but not least, he was beaming about the play of true freshman tailback Carnell Williams who rushed for 167 yards on 41 carries. "For a 190-pounder, that is an awful tough job against an SEC football team. I am proud of him and the offensive line."
Tuberville explained his decision to bench starting quarterback Daniel Cobb in favor of Jason Campbell by saying that he was not happy that Cobb threw into double coverage and was intercepted. After Campbell struggled in two series running the offense, Cobb got his second chance and led the Tigers to the victory. "We felt like we just needed to put Daniel back in the game because he knew more of the passing offense," Tuberville said.
Cobb said that he was disappointed to get the hook, but said, "I tried not to let it bother me. I stayed supportive of Jason and stayed ready if I was called again." The former Georgia Bulldog finished the game with 193 passing yards, hitting 14-22 with one touchdown and one interception.
The Auburn head coach was in Riverboat Gambler mode as the Tigers converted three of four fourth downs, including a third and eight fake punt in their own territory and fourth and one calls in their own territory. "We had to run a few tricks early in the game with fourth down calls," the coach said. "I did that to try to keep their offense off the field. It was just one of those feels I had coming in here tonight. Fortunately, it worked."
Tuberville said he was impressed with Georgia's second touchdown, a fourth and long two yards to go call when QB David Greene faked a handoff and hid the ball from the Tiger offense. Then he hit Terrance Edwards on a 56-yard touchdown pass that put the Tigers up 14-7.
After that Auburn rallied in the second half with two touchdowns and a field goal to take a 24-17 to win.
"I think it was one of those situations when both of us thought our offenses needed a little shot in the arm," Tuberville added. "After about halftime, I was out of tricks so we had to win it straight up."