"I know the first one to Tre (Tre Smith) was a drop," says Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox. "The second was to C.T. (Courtney Taylor) on the square out and the third one I had to throw away on the screen. This is the best I've felt all year and I think it is my best game. I felt good out there throwing the ball and I made some good checks."
Cox completed 16-19 for 222 yards and zero interceptions. He completed his first nine attempts before he hit a wide open Smith in stride on a wheel route, but the ball fell to the ground.
"We walked to the sidelines and I didn't have to say anything," Cox notes. "I looked at him and he gave me the shrug. I said it's all right. He had a touchdown pass before that and he got in the end zone so I forgive him for it."
Smith scored on a six-yard reception in the second quarter, just minutes after tight end Tommy Trott stretched the ball over the goal line for a 27-yard scoring strike from Cox. In the third quarter, Taylor got his first score of the year by breaking three tackles after catching the ball over the middle on a crossing route.
"Courtney has been dying to get that touchdown and it couldn't have come on a better play with him catching the ball and making four or five guys miss," Cox says. "It was a great play."
Cox and the Auburn offense converted 11 of 15 third-downs. Equally important, he was not sacked the entire game.
The Auburn offense gained 432 yards in the 38-13 win and Cox completed passes to eight different receivers. The Tigers also scored touchdowns on three of their four red zone possessions. The only time they didn't score was when they got the ball inside the 20 was when backup quarterback Blake Field took a knee at the Tulane seven-yard line to end the game.
"All but two or three possessions we moved the ball well and finished drives," Cox says. "We scored points and got in the end zone. That's what we couldn't do last week and we got better. That's the least we can do coming off last week."
Offensive coordinator Al Borges had stated late in the week that Cox had his best week of practice in some time, and Cox translated that into success against the Green Wave.
"This is the first week I've felt as good as I did before I got hurt," Cox explains. "With my ankle and knee being hurt it has kind of messed up my throwing motion and my mechanics. I've been working on that since I've been healthy. It all came together today."