Borges Looking For More Offensive Balance

Auburn's offensive coordinator and QB Brandon Cox discuss Auburn's opening night loss.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges said in hindsight he wishes he had called more running plays in the opening night loss to Georgia Tech.

Auburn passed the ball 44 times vs. Tech and had 23 running plays with the running backs carrying the ball just 19 times.

"I liked the matchups outside (with the receivers)," Borges said. "I thought we could take advantage of some of that stuff and we did to a degree.

"You live by the sword, you die by the sword," the offensive coordinator added. "We started falling in love with throwing the ball too much.

"I love throwing the ball. I just don't like to pass it 44 times. That is too many. We have got to balance our offense. I am firm believer in that. We didn't show enough of that today and I take the blame for that."

Brandon Cox threw for 342 yards, but it was mistakes that made the difference in the game.

Quarterback Brandon Cox had his good moments as he passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns, but the sophomore had four interceptions in the mix.

"We had a good game plan," Cox said. "Sometimes I didn't execute like I should, but we had a lot of positives out there. We are going to take those and go with it to next week."

Commenting on the 23-14 loss to Georgia Tech, in which AU outgained the Yellow Jackets 392-313, Borges said, "We probably put a little too much pressure on Brandon, you know. I take a little a blame for that myself.

"I think we probably could have run it a little better than I gave us credit for because in the second half we showed some signs of running the football. Whenever you only have 23 rushes and 50 yards that is partly play-calling, too."

Borges said he saw some positives from Cox in his first start. "He really showed he could be a good quarterback."

"Inexperience is going to show up under pressure situations," Borges added. "When he got into a groove, he was throwing the ball pretty well. We just have to cut the turnovers down. When we cut the turnovers down, I think we will be okay."


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