Being Physical Was Goal, AU QB Says

Comments from Auburn quaterback Brandon Cox are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--On a night in which Brandon Cox moved into third place on the all-time Auburn passing yardage list, the senior quarterback says the game plan was to beat Ole Miss by running the football.

Auburn ran for 231 yards on 48 carries while Cox hit 16-26 passes for 189 more.

"We were going to come out and run the ball," Cox says. "I think pretty much that first drive we ran the ball every play and moved it very well. We were going to be the more physical team and we were coming out to establish the run and let them know we were going to be the more physical team. We did that. It was a little conservative, but it got us the win."

Auburn improved its record to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the SEC with a third consecutive home victory as a sellout crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium watched an AU victory that wasn't wrapped up until the fourth quarter.

"We had some good numbers," Cox says of his team, which outgained the Rebels 420-193. "We had over 400 yards offense, which is a good day on any day, but on the scoreboard we only had 17 points and we should have had more.

"We moved the ball very well and defense played great," Cox says. "The only problem we had is that we didn't finish the drives, but we found a way to win."

One drive the Tigers finished was an 80-yarder in the fourth quarter following an interception by Patrick Lee. The Tigers scored on a 34-yard pass from Cox to Rodgeriqus Smith, who set a personal record with his 111 receiving yards on eight catches.

Cox notes the Tigers really didn't do anything differently on the drive that sealed the victory by putting the Tigers on top 17-3. "We had been moving the ball all night," he says. "We were just trying to finish our drives. We knew we just had to avoid the mistakes that were keeping that were keeping us from scoring. On that last drive we were mistake-free and we were able to move it down and score."

The senior says that going into the game he expected the Ole Miss defense to give a strong effort and that was what happened. He says the Rebels played with intensity for 60 minutes of football.

"Ole Miss played Florida tough, they played Alabama tough," he notes. "Last week they had a letup against Arkansas, but other than that they played really tough against some tough teams in the SEC. We knew that. We knew they would come in and give us their best shot."

After nine straight weeks without a break, the Tigers won't get an offweek, but will face the least challenging opponent on the schedule this Saturday as Tennessee Tech of the Ohio Valley Conference comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium for homecoming. "It is going to be nice to have a little break from SEC," says Cox, who has now passed for 6,331 yards, moving past Pat Sullivan (1969-71) on the all-time Auburn list.

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