Tiger QB Upbeat About AU Offense

Brandon Cox discusses the Auburn football team as his Tigers prepare for the Rebels of Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Brandon Cox says he is eager to get back on the practice field and prepare for Saturday's home game vs. Ole Miss after a tough 20-17 overtime loss to LSU.

"Watching the film, we did some good things," the sophomore quarterback says of his second college road start. "We didn't play as well as we wanted to, but we played well enough to win. We had opportunities, but we got down in the red zone a couple of times and that hurt us."

Cox led the Tigers to a late touchdown to pull ahead 17-14, but LSU tied the contest with 1:40 left. With no timeouts, Cox and the Auburn offense got in field goal range to win the game in regulation, but John Vaughn's kick was off line much to the delight of a record crowd of 92,664 in Tiger Stadium.

"Being in that hostile of an environment and being on the road against a team like LSU, for us to overcome those things and have an opportunity win shows a lot about our team," Cox says. "We went out and gave it all we had."

Auburn had success running and passing the ball vs. LSU and finished the contest with 451 total yards. Cox says the play of walk-on center Joe Cope vs. LSU defensive line All-America candidate, Kyle Williams, was one of the highlights of the game for the Tigers.

"Everybody has been saying Joe is undersized, but he makes up for it with his will power," Cox says. "He goes out there and plays hard every play. He did a good job. Kyle wasn't much of a factor. He had a couple of tackles, but Joe did a good job on him."

Cox says he was also impressed with the play of junior tailback Kenny Irons, who rushed for 218 yards. "He runs hard every play," the quarterback says. "He runs downhill everytime he gets the ball. He tries to score every time he gets the ball."

Brandon Cox

In six games as a starter, Cox has completed 102-176 passes for 1,384 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. His next test will come on Saturday as his 19th-ranked Tigers take on visiting Ole Miss in a contest that will kick off shortly after 11:30 a.m. with regional television coverage on JP Sports.

The Rebels rely on a defense that is allowing just 16.4 points per game. However, the team is 3-4 overall due to having trouble scoring points. The Rebels average 15.3.

After taking the day off on Monday, Cox and the Tigers return to the practice field on Tuesday.


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