Burns was obviously far from perfect, which was the case with the entire Auburn offense for a third straight week, but Bosley said he likes the poise he saw from the rookie.
‘He was a little excited the first play, but he stayed calm and I thought he played really, really good," said Bosley.
Burns ran the ball 22 times for 87 yards and one touchdown and passed 12 times completing eight with one interception in relief of starter Brandon Cox, who threw two early interceptions.
"It's just frustrating," Bosley said. "You play so hard and I thought we did a good job running the ball today. We brought Kodi in to mix it up a little bit and he played his butt off. I am real proud of him. We just have to find a way to win ball games."
The Tiger offense rushed for 216 yards and passed for 107 more. Although it was better than State's 172 rushing yards and 41 passing, the Tigers were there own worst enemy again this week with the second straight five-turnover game.
"We just have to stop turning the ball over," he said. "I think that is killing us."
The Tigers lost two of their senior offensive linemen to injuries. Leon Hart, who saw his first action at guard, was lost in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. King Dunlap, who injured his arm, was also replaced in the first half by Andrew McCain.
"I thought we did pretty well," Bosley said of the offensive line. "We ran for over 200 yards. Anytime you do that you are doing something right. I thought McCain did stepped up and did some good things. I think that was his first time to play offensive line in a game. I thought he stepped in and there was no dropoff."
Commenting on the Tigers as a team, Bosley said, "We have to bounce back. This is the time when you find out a lot about your team, your character. As Coach (Hugh) Nall said, we have to get back to back and go to work. That is all we can do--work hard, get better and hopefully things will fall in place."