Tuberville Calls Off The Dogs Vs. The 'Cats

Offensive coordinator Al Borges discusses the performance of the Tigers in a 42-10 win vs. Kentucky.

Auburn, Ala.--There was nothing very gorgeous about the offense of Al Borges and his Auburn Tigers on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Tigers had their second lowest offensive total of the season with 337 net yards. Only a 301-yard game vs. LSU was lower this season. Kentucky came into the game giving up an average of 397.8 yards per contest.

"It was too sloppy," Borges said of Auburn's 42-10 victory that moved the Tigers to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC. "We will talk to the players and address that. We played sloppy and still won and that is a testament to our kids, but we have to get back to basics and do things right."

The Tigers were solid with Jason Campbell and the first offense on the field. However, they didn't get anything accomplished with Campbell and the ones were on the sideline.

"The second offense is the second offense," Borges said. "They are still learning and maturing. When you put the second offense vs. the other team's first defense, which is usually what it is most of the game, they are probably undermanned. By the same token, that is not excuse for being three and out.

"The second offense is not a priority for us in terms of being able to work in unison," Borges added. "They will be in there at times when they are not going to decide who is going to win or lose the game."

Jason Campbell helped his Tigers improve to 5-0 in the SEC and 8-0 overall.

Campbell was a solid 11-15 passes for 127 yards while playing less than half the game. Cox played nearly as long, but threw just two passes. The first one should have been intercepted and the second one was.

"There is no way that a quarterback can get a rhythm when he passes just two times," Borges said in defense of Cox.

When asked why he only let Cox pass the ball three times (one was called back on a penalty)," Borges said, "In a situation like this when we are trying to run the clock out you are a victim of circumstances. We could have, but in talking to Tub (Coach Tommy Tuberville) it was in the best interest of sportsmanship, looking at the whole situation, we probably shouldn't do it in this game.

"We have given Brandon a lot of opportunities to throw the ball," Borges added. "He had more than 30 passes coming into the game. There aren't too many backup quarterbacks that get that chance."

For the season, Cox is now a solid 22-34 passing for 357 yards, but he has thrown two interceptions on his last three pass attempts and is fortunate there weren't several other picks.

"I think we did a good job several times on third down," Borges said when looking at the big picture. "We ran the football well. If we had eliminated the penalties, just cut them in half, we would have had a solid football game."

The Tigers travel to Ole Miss next Saturday where they can clinch the SEC West title with a victory over the Rebels.


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