Cox Hangs Tough As Tigers Take Rebels

Quarterback Brandon Cox discusses his team's victory over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox didn't do anything spectacular on the football field Saturday, but his performance was solid, gutsy and enough for a 27-3 Auburn win against a tough Ole Miss defense.

In what offensive coordinator Al Borges called his quarterback's biggest test, the sophomore completed 17 of 27 passes for 205 yards without an interception against constant pressure.

"I took a lot of hits after I threw the ball," Cox said. "They were hitting pretty hard. Our O-line struggled at times, but they picked it up when we needed them and we moved the ball good and scored points. That's all we needed.

"They just had some good defensive calls and covered the receivers real well," he added. "One resulted in a fumble. I was throwing to Ben (Ben Obomanu) in the back of the end zone and he was open. I just needed one more second to throw it. We recovered from those mistakes and played real well."

Cox ran the offense well and stood in the pocket in the face of a heavy Rebel rush.

Even though Cox fumbled inside the 10-yard line and the offense turned it over on downs inside the 10 another time, Borges says that his QB played a solid game with only one turnover.

"I thought he played pretty good for the most part," he notes. "He didn't throw an interception again so I thought his play was pretty solid."

The Tigers improved to 4-1 in the SEC, but with LSU at 4-1 in the league and having the tie-breaker advantage over AU, Auburn must get some help to get back to Atlanta to defend its title. Cox said he and the rest of the team still have the mentality that they are in the race.

"As long as we do our job and go through and play like we've been playing we'll win games," he noted. "We have faith that LSU will lose a game, we'll win out and be in the SEC Championship Game."

The Tigers' 27 points Saturday matched the number of points the Rebels had given up in their previous three games against The Citadel, Alabama and Kentucky.

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