Cox said the Tigers figured out earlier that South Carolina was fired up and ready to play. The Gamecocks kept the heat on the Tigers for four quarters, but Auburn held off a late charge by the home team to win 24-17.
The quarterback noted that it was an unusual football game because both teams chewed up large chunks of time with their ball control attack. Cox contributed to Auburn's success by completing 13-19 passes for 180 yards.
"Like we were saying before the game, we were going to open it up a little bit and we did it," Cox noted. "We threw it around to some different people."
Brandon Cox said Auburn it was good to get an SEC road win even if it wasn't a thing of beauty.
Last week, with his ankle heavily wrapped, Cox threw just 10 passes, but noted he felt better on Thursday night.
"I was close to 100 percent at the start of the game," he said. "Right now I am a little sore. I took a shot to my leg. I feel fine right now. It is just a little sore. I felt good out there on Thursday night.
Auburn scored on drives of nine plays, nine plays, 17 plays and 13 plays. With the help of an onsides kick in the third quarter, the Tigers kept the football for the entire 15 minutes in the third period. "That is something that I have never been a part of before," he said.
Cox noted because there were so few possessions, there was pressure to produce on each one. "In the first half we had the ball three times and scored twice. The one we had it and went three and out, that hurt us. They held onto to the football. They had a great game plan. They were just chipping away at it and moving the ball down the field."
Leading 14-10 at halftime, Auburn scored a field goal on its first possession of the third quarter and then got the ball back on an onside kick and scored a touchdown. "It was a key to come out and score the first time we had it (in the second half) because they were taking a lot of time off the clock," Cox said.
Cox said he was impressed with the Gamecocks, a team the Tigers blitzed 48-7 last year. "They had a great crowd, a hostile crowd," he said. "You have to give a lot of credit to South Carolina. They played a great game."