Remarkable Performance By Remarkable QB

Brandon Cox talks about Auburn's 20-17 victory at Florida.

Gainesville, Fla.--On Nov. 12, 2005, Brandon Cox carved his name into Auburn football history with his clutch performance in Auburn's 31-30 victory over Georgia in Athens. That was also the same day Florida suffered a 30-22 defeat at South Carolina.

Since that day, the Cox is the only quarterback to have beaten Florida, and he has done it twice. The Gators have won their last 19 games against quarterbacks not named Brandon Cox.

The poised and gutsy senior lefty is also the only QB to have beaten Urban Meyer in The Swamp of Florida.

"I just fed off last week," Cox says of his strong performance against New Mexico State. "I went out and had a good game last week and my mindset coming into this game was to take what they gave me and try not to force anything, check the ball down, take a sack if I needed to and that's pretty much what I did all night."

He was sacked four times, but didn't turn the ball over. The Tigers turned it over just once in the 20-17 victory after committing 10 turnovers in the two losses.

"We've done a complete 180, and it was very tough on us," Cox explains. "We got off to a slow start, especially offensively. We have a lot of leaders on the team that kept the team going and a lot of guys that kept me going."

The senior QB completed 17-26 passes for 227 yards to continue his unbeaten streak in the road white uniforms.

Though it wasn't as dramatic of a final drive as it was in Athens that night as a sophomore, the Tigers needed a score for a win late in the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday. The Auburn offense took the field at its own 39-yard line with 3:38 remaining in the game. Cox was 2-2 for 16 yards on the final drive and Ben Tate grinded out 19 more to put freshman kicker Wes Byrum in position for the game-winning field goal.

Byrum made good on his first attempt, but Florida had called timeout just before the snap, so he had to do it again from 43 yards.

"We were running our regular offense," Cox explains. "(Al) Borges told me if we were going to go two-minute drill that he would give me a signal, but he never did. We just kept running it, threw a couple of quick passes and got down there pretty quickly and let the clock wind down and set it up in the middle for Wes.

"I was on the sidelines about to throw up," he adds. "I was nervous so I can't imagine what Wes was thinking. Being a true freshman and coming in and doing that, and kicking two of them, is remarkable."

Almost as remarkable as Cox's turn-around in the last two weeks.


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