Borges Says Campbell In A Zone Against Hogs

Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges talks about the performance of his group against Arkansas on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.–-Following Auburn's impressive 38-20 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, things were all smiles for the players and coaches, but Sunday it was back to work for the Tigers in the quest for Atlanta.

Practicing for around an hour, the Tigers focused on special teams and working on mistakes made in Saturday's win. Offensively the first and second units worked on the two-minute offense, something the Tigers have rarely needed this season. Offensive coordinator Al Borges said that overall he was pleased with the play of the offense and in particular quarterback Jason Campbell.

"We played pretty good for the most part," Borges said. "Jason was in a little bit of a zone throwing the ball. He threw two incompletions. One was on a tipped screen and another was on a shallow cross. For the most part he managed the game real well, just as he has in the past, and he had uncanny accuracy.

"I think all of us played pretty good overall," Borges added. "I thought our receivers made some nice plays. I thought our offensive line did a really good job of pass protection. Particularly a good job of pick-ups on some of their blitzes. They threw a couple of different things at us like we thought they were going to and we didn't panic, we handled them pretty good."

Ronnie Brown runs for yardage against the Hogs in Saturday's win. Brown had his second 100 yard rushing day of the season.

One concern that both Borges and Coach Tommy Tuberville had on Sunday was the lack of focus in the fourth quarter by both the offense and defense. Held to 200 yards of total offense in the second half, Auburn scored just eight points in the final 30 minutes. Borges said that it's a matter of finishing strong.

"I think towards the end, not so much in the third quarter," Borges said. "We had a fumble on our first drive, which stopped that drive. In the fourth quarter we've got to learn to finish games. We're not finishing games like we would like to regardless of what the score is. Sometimes you play good for three quarters and you walk off the field disgruntled because you didn't play as good in the last quarter as you did in the first three. We've got to do a better job of finishing games."

Unlike the game against Tennessee, this past week Auburn didn't begin to sit on the ball and run the clock until later in the game. While it wasn't an all-out show with Campbell not attempting a pass after the third quarter, Borges said that his team was trying to score because of the danger posed by the Arkansas quarterback.

"In this game Matt Jones could always bring at team back, as he proved against Florida," Borges said. "We were firing away in the third quarter just like we were firing away in the first quarter. We started the third quarter with a pass. We were going to throw it, run it and throw it just like we did to start the game."

Something that Borges has noticed in recent weeks is the way that teams are beginning to defense the Tigers. While the focus continues to be on Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brow and company, teams are having to take notice of Campbell and the passing game because of the damage they've done. Borges said he believes they'll continue to see teams challenge the running game because of Auburn's history with Williams and Brown.

"Not too many teams have come out with the intent to stop the pass," Borges said. "I think you have to earn that respect. They're going to pack the paint on you until you prove that you can't. As we've done more and more of throwing the ball efficiently either they have backed off or they've paid for it some. I've said this before, you have to be able to take that ball down the field on people, otherwise they're going to load up. They're going to make it hard to run the ball no matter how good your backs are."

Auburn came out of the Arkansas game with several players banged up, but none seriously. Linebacker Travis Williams strained a quad muscle, but should return to practice by the middle of the week and play against Kentucky this weekend. Wide receiver Ben Obomanu hurt his back on a touchdown catch, but like Williams should be back. Offensive lineman Jonathan Palmer is out for likely two weeks with a sickness. Tuberville said he could be out several weeks.

The Tigers are off on Monday before returning to the practice fields on Tuesday. Kickoff for Saturday's game with Kentucky is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and there is no television coverage.

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