Against a tough and aggressive defense the Auburn offense compiled 451 yards without any turnovers, but was unable to finish too many of its drives. Six possessions ended with a field goal.
"We should have scored touchdowns in those situations," says quarterback Brandon Cox. "We shouldn't stall that many times and have to attempt that many field goals. We were moving the ball and we just couldn't finish the drives. If we do that it's a different ball game."
Cox finished the game 16 of 40 passing for 221 yards and a key fourth down touchdown to Anthony Mix late in the game. Auburn trailed 14-10 with 4:35 when the two hooked up to give the Tigers the lead, but it was a lead that wouldn't last long.
"We should have scored on that play before and I left it a little short to Coop (tight end Cooper Wallace)," Cox says. "We stayed poised and we stayed focused. It was a little fake and Anthony Mix runs a little stop and go and he got back behind the guy. While it was going on he put his hands in the air and just told me to throw it up and I did. He made a great catch."
The offense had 221 yards through the air and 230 on the ground, with 218 coming from tailback Kenny Irons. The Tigers had six drives of 49 yards or more, but managed only 17 points.
"They came out blitzing almost every play and we hit a couple of quick passes on them and they slowed down," Cox says. "They picked it back up in the second half. We moved the ball great offensively and we had a lot of yards. We just stalled every time we got toward the goal line and we couldn't punch it in."