"Textbook Drive," Tuberville Says

Comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured following Auburn's victory over the Florida Gators.

Gainesville, Fla.--Tommy Tuberville said Auburn's 10-play, time-chewing drive to set up the winning field goal was a "textbook possession" that made the difference in Auburn's 20-17 victory over the Florida Gators.

Auburn took over at its own 39-yard line with the game tied and 3:38 left in the game vs. the 4-0 Gators.

"We were trying to get the ball to the 35 and we were trying to manage the clock," said Tuberville, who noted that his freshman field goal kicker, Wes Byrum, had looked good in pre-game warmups.

Byrum had made a field goal in practice that would have been good from well past 50 yards so getting the football to the 35 was easily in his range.

"It was great time management by Brandon (QB Brandon Cox) and Al (offensive coordinator Al Borges) just milking it all of the way down," said Tuberville, whose Tigers called timeout with three seconds left to kick the field goal with the ball at the Florida 26-yard line on a second down and nine following a one-yard run by Ben Tate to set the football up in perfect position for the Byrum kick.

"We had one third down play (actually second and nine) to Rod (receiver Rodgeriqus Smith) which was big to allow us to keep the drive going," Tuberville noted. "That allowed us once we got the ball to the 50-yard line to not throw it as much. I think they were playing a little more pass and we switched around on them and ran the ball a couple of times. We were able to break a couple of plays and get it down to the 30-yard line. You couldn't draw it up any better than that.

"We couldn't draw it up any better on the last drive of trying to get it to one spot on the field," Tuberville added. "We had it on the right hash with 20 seconds to go and we wanted to get it to the middle of the field and we ran it and got it in the middle of the field. That is textbook."

Byrum, who had previously made a 30-yard field goal, calmly made his first kick from 43 yards out with the stadium rocking from the noise, but had to do it again because the Gators called a timeout just before the ball was snapped from Robert Shiver to holder Matthew Motley.

The freshman kicker's second attempt didn't go as far, but it was down the middle giving the Tigers a 20-17 victory as the clock at Florida Field hit 0:00, setting off a big celebration from the Tigers on their last trip to Gainesville until the 2012 season.

"It was a great day for our program," Tuberville said.

Commenting on the final drive, Tuberville said, "Our offensive line, we had three true freshmen offensive linemen who played like fifth-year players. It was a gutsy drive right there at the end."


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