Cox Happy With Offensive Performance

Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox talks about Saturday's win over Kentucky and the strong running game by the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.–-Auburn sophomore quarterback Brandon Cox had the easy job in Saturday's 49-27 win over Kentucky.

Despite a solid day throwing the ball with his seventh 200-yard game of the season, his main job was to hand the ball to the trio of Kenny Irons, Tre Smith and recently re-converted Tristan Davis. They responded with well over 300 yards between them, making Cox smile following the win.

"All I had to do is hand the ball off and the offensive line did a great job in pass protection and running the ball. It doesn't matter who we put back there and give the ball because they're going to get yardage.

"I think Tre got 99 yards and if he would have gotten 100 we would have had three guys with 100 yards," Cox adds. "They keep putting them back there and the offensive line opens holes and they just run. It's fun to see those guys run like that."

Cox had another solid day in this, his first season as Auburn's starting quarterback.

While it's no surprise that both Irons and Smith had good days, for Davis it was all about seizing the day. Moved back to tailback after working at safety for the last month, the redshirt freshman didn't take long to make his mark. On his very first play from scrimmage Davis took the handoff from Cox and raced 75 yards for a touchdown, surprising even Cox.

"They called the play and I didn't know Tristan was in there," Cox says. "I thought it was Tre or Kenny. I turned around to hand the ball off and it kind of surprised me. He takes it and runs 70 yards. It was fun to get out there and see how much fun he was having.

"The little time he was with us and then he came back last weekend and it was like he had never left," he says. "He picked up right where he left off. It showed today. He had been with the offense just a little bit and then went back to defense. He comes back this week and it's like he hasn't left. He showed that he has the ability to run the ball."

Much of the success of the running game comes from not only the backs and offensive line, but also Cox. Given the responsibility of putting the Tigers in the right play much of the time, he says that the job becomes much easier when the running game works like it's doing right now for the offense.

"There's a lot of times when we have plays called and we have two or three plays that I get into the right play or if something's wrong I check into another play," Cox says. "You really don't notice that if you're not on the field. There are a lot of times it happened (against Kentucky) and if you get the offensive line in the right play and give the running back the ball they'll make plays with it."

Offensively the Tigers had a very good day against Kentucky with 589 yards of total offense, the most since rolling up 593 against The Citadel last season. While it was apparent Auburn didn't play with a lot of emotion during the contest despite the easy victory, Cox says that the team wasn't thinking about Georgia at all until the clock struck zero.

"We really focused in on this game," Cox says. "We knew we had to get the job done to give us a chance. We knew if we lose this game the next two really don't matter. We were focused on this one and getting it behind us. Now we can move forward.

"As soon as we got in the locker room we said ‘alright, this one is behind us. We won this one and now let's look forward to Georgia and keep our season going."

With the Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide looming the next two weeks, Auburn can become the most hated rival pretty quickly with wins over both. A loss to Auburn would likely knock Georgia out of the SEC East race and the Iron Bowl could be huge one week later in determining the Western Division crown. Cox says that right now this team is happy to be still in the hunt and also in the shadows lurking.

"We're just sitting there," Cox says. "They're all the ones getting the hype. We're just in there to play. We can wreck some seasons these next two weeks. I think we're up for it."

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