Borges Generally Pleased With Offense

Auburn's offensive coordinator comments on his team's 52-7 victory over Louisiana Tech.

Auburn, Ala.--The running game was okay, but the passing attack was much better.

That is the assessment of offensive coordinator Al Borges on Auburn's 52-7 Homecoming victory over Louisiana Tech. The Tigers rushed for 198 yards and added 274 through the air. For the game, the Tigers averaged 7.7 yards per offensive snap.

"I thought we played pretty good," Borges said Saturday night. "I would have liked to have run the ball better than we did.

"They are jumping all around in that 30 defense," Borges said. "They give you all kinds of looks so you have to give them all kinds of looks. You would like to take it and run straight at them, but you have got to have enough balance to keep them off balance."

Borges said the wide receivers continue to improve and play more aggressively. He also liked what he saw from the quarterbacks.

Carl Stewart rushed for 45 yards on six carries.

"The kid just keeps playing like he has been doing it forever," Borges said of Jason Campbell, who was one of the Senior Day honorees in pre-game ceremonies. "He is very poised. It was a typical Jason day, 13-18 with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

"He is giving us that steady leadership and steady play that allows us to stay in games. He is doing more than just keeping us from losing now. He is helping us win. Some quarterbacks just keep you from losing. He is doing much better than that."

Backup Brandon Cox got to play part of the third quarter and all of the fourth period. He was 3-3 passing with two going for touchdowns.

"It was really good to get him in there and let him throw a few balls," Borges said of Cox. "I just hate to send him in there to hand off. You always run the risk of looking like you are running the score up. We are not trying to run the score up, but we have got to get him time and he just can't be handing the ball off.

"We got him some good field time," Borges added. "He had a delay of game and we learned something on that. He tried to call an audible too late. I think that is the first one we have had all year."

Senior tailback Carnell Williams had a solid game, but nothing special by his standards with 56 yards on 12 carries. Ronnie Brown ran for109 yards on 10 runs.

"I know his opportunities have not been as good as Ronnie's at times," Borges said of Williams. "He will break a run. He will be Carnell again as soon as we start giving him a little room. As long as we are productive, we are happy. Sure, we would like to get Carnell 200 yards every game, but as long as we are productive, that is the idea."

Looking at the big picture, Borges said, "I didn't think we were really bad. We threw the ball pretty well all day. We just had some ugly plays, but when you play a team that runs that high-risk defense where they are jumping around and aren't always aligned you are going to have a couple of ugly plays. On the flip side, you are going to have some big ones, too."


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