Borges, Tigers Turn Up The Heat On Offense

Auburn, Ala.--Al Borges spiced up his offense for game three and it proved to be way too hot to handle for the visitors from Muncie, Ind., on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Borges' offense got the football eight times in Auburn's 63-3 victory over Ball State University and the Tigers scored a touchdown all eight times. That put Ball State coach Brady Hoke in an ill mood after his team fell to 0-3 after being dominated from the opening whistle to the final play of the day.

"We started our movement package today and I thought it was good," Borges said. "As a staff we felt like we were ready to start doing that and we weren't the first couple of games. We weren't quite to that point. We started moving our backs and we are going to do more of that each week."

Like they did at times last year, the Tigers kept the opposing defense busy before the snap by putting backs, receivers and tight ends in motion and shifting the strongside of the formation from one side of the field to the other.

Borges said that quarterback Brandon Cox needed to get a couple of games under his belt as the starter before the offense expanded, but the QB coach added, "It's not just Brandon. It's all of us for that matter.

"I felt like last week (vs. Mississippi State) was to get our feet back on the ground," Borges said. "I felt like this week was to take the next step. I think we did that."

Redshirt freshman quarterback Blake Field made his first college pass completion vs. the Cardinals.

Borges said Saturday's victory over Ball State will be a memorable with the Tigers scoring a touchdown on every possession. "I have never done that before," he said. "I thought that was pretty cool.

"What I was excited about was that the kids played. They didn't play up or they didn't play down to their opponent. They came out to play and I was excited about that. I knew we could progress if we did that and that is what I told them."

Borges said he liked the fact that the Tigers didn't have a turnover and few penalties. "For the most part I thought we were pretty solid."

The offensive coordinator gave a thumbs up to QB Brandon Cox, who hit 16-19 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown to Ben Obomanu. "I thought he did a really nice job today," Borges said. "I don't remember him throwing a ball close to a defender. I always kind of go by that--how many balls you throw close to a defensive player."

Commenting on backup quarterback Blake Field, who saw his first college action and was 1-3 passing for 11 yards, Borges said, "He got a chance to throw the ball a little. He turned the wrong away one time. He has to iron out a few little deals--he has not played before. Blake is a real athletic quarterback now. The more he played you would see that athleticism more from him."

The Tigers will close the non-conference portion of their schedule next Saturday when they face a 2-0 Western Kentucky team that was off this week.

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