Borges Believes In Tigers And His Quarterback

Comments from Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges are featured following Auburn's victory in the SEC Championship Game.

Atlanta, Ga.--Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Al Borges had plenty to smile about as the Auburn offense led the way in Auburn's 38-28 victory in the 2004 SEC Football Championship Game.

Auburn's offense set a championship game record with 31 first downs while Tennessee managed just nine.

Borges' offense also set an SEC record for most total yards in the title game with 559, breaking the mark set by Tennessee vs. Auburn in a 30-29 victory over the Tigers in 1997 when the Vols totaled 502 yards.

Borges, Auburn's first year offensive coordinator, said the victory over the Vols at the Georgia Dome was impressive. "I have said nothing about the BCS to this point, but now that we are 12-0 and SEC champions we are the best team in the country. Whether we get a chance to prove that remains to be seen, but I truly believe this team has the athleticism, the character and all of those things it takes to be a national champion."

Campbell was nearly flawless in Auburn's biggest game of the season.

Senior quarterback Jason Campbell made his coach proud with an impressive showing. He completed 27-35 passes for 374 yards and rushed for 57 more to set a total offense record for a single player in the championship game. The passing yardage and total offense were personal records for the senior.

"This kid has played as well as any quarterback in the country all year," Borges said. "If we wanted to throw the ball 55 times a game, he would be up there in New York with the rest of them for the Heisman Trophy ceremony, but we don't play that way. He plays within our offense and does what we ask him to do.

"He just showed what he can do if we wanted to throw a lot of passes," Borges added. "Tennessee made it tough on us to run so we threw the ball more than we have been. When they start crowding the line of scrimmage that hard like Tennessee was doing, you have to throw the ball over them and that is what we did."

Campbell made the Vols pay by hitting touchdown bombs of 53 yards to Devin Aromashodu and 43 to Ben Obomanu in the second half.

After jumping to a 21-7 halftime lead, the Tigers found themselves in a major battle when the Vols rallied with a pair of third quarter touchdowns to tie the game. However, Auburn kept attacking and quickly regained the lead on Aromashodu's touchdown catch.

"We didn't back off what we were doing when the game got tight," Borges said. "We were going to keep throwing and running the ball like we did all game. When the momentum shift came (in the third quarter), we knew we couldn't back off so we continued to attack."

Campbell, who served as game captain along with Bret Eddins, said he thought the Tigers showed a lot of character in holding off the Volunteers' rally. Eddins agreed and added that he was impressed with Campbell and the entire offense.

"Those guys played a great game," Eddins said. "When we needed them, they stepped up and made the plays and now we are 12-0 and SEC champions. It is a great feeling."

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