"You should beat the Citadel, but you should do more than beat The Citadel," Borges said. "You should get your team better.
"We respect them as a team, but by the same token if we can't beat The Citadel we won't have our jobs very long. We wanted to come out the game knowing we improved--particularly with our passing game. I really think we did improve. We threw for 359 yards. That is not bad."
Borges got to see the second team offense sprinkled with third stringers on the field the majority of the game.
"We were five for seven in the red zone or we would have scored more points," he said. "We moved the ball really well all day. I can't complain about that part of it. Our twos, with the last drive of the first half, and the entire second half, I think it was a great chance to play some guys and see what they could do. Other than our turnovers, we moved the ball real well.
"I don't know how fired up we were about the game," he added. "I don't know how that affected it or what, but from an execution standpoint we had some very good plays. I think we got better and that is what I wanted to do."
Devin Aromashodu runs after a catch vs. The Citadel.
One of the negatives was two lost fumbles by senior tailback Carnell Williams to end first half scoring threats. Borges didn't seem particularly upset by the miscues.
"Every great back does it eventually," he said. "This kid is an incredible player. By the time it is all said and done, he is going to win probably two or three games for us. The greatest backs in the history of the NFL fumble occasionally. That happens. He understands it. We talked about it. I am sure you won't see it ever again or very, very seldom."
Borges, who also is the quarterback coach, said he liked what he saw from senior Jason Campbell, who completed 11-14 passes for 194 yards with no interceptions, no sacks and his first rushing touchdown of the year despite playing with a sore toe.
"Jason was solid," Borges said. "If we had kept him in there I think he would have broken some records. He didn't throw a touchdown, but came a gnat's butt away from one. It was another solid performance. He just looks poised. He looks like he is in control."
Backup Brandon Cox was 11-17 for 165 yards with a touchdown. He was sacked three times. One of those plays concerned Borges. Cox? "He took a shot in the ribs, I believe the second series," Borges said. "I thought he cut his finger, too, which he did that, too, but that wasn't affecting his throwing. He had a couple of bad throws, which were un-Brandon Cox like. I said, ‘Is your finger bothering you?' He said, ‘Coach, it was my ribs.' Once he shook that off he looked pretty smooth again."
The Tigers now turn their attention to Tennessee as they hit the road for the second time this season with a Saturday evening test vs. the Volunteers in Knoxville.