Taking a cue from the malfunctioning clock Auburn was a bit slow to start. The 17 point favorites were made of superior talent. Tulane played up to their level showing flashes of individual talent, but the American Conference representative didn’t measure up to their SEC opponent. Early season games we have grown to expect wide open dropped passes, false starts, and miscues, therefore, we weren’t disappointed to see them.
Tulane went into the tricks attempting double passes but failed as the ball went off fingertips. The game appeared to be one of field position. The Green Wave took advantage scoring first on a 44-yard field goal by Merek Glover to come out of a 9 play 48-yard drive with something. After starting the game three and out on offense, It took Auburn until the second quarter to take the lead on their first touchdown. Will Hastings came open across the middle for a 31-yard touchdown pass from Bo Nix. From there they never looked back.
On what was working in the first half…
“I thought we were doing a great job at the front. I thought we did an excellent job at stopping their run game. Our guys up front were doing a nice job; we were fitting well. We were playing fast and physical.”
Auburn scored on 3-4 opportunities they entered the red zone. Tulane never amounted much of a threat. They had to work hard for everything wearing out as the game went on. Auburn was too strong. Defensively they came to challenge Just ask J Whitlow who ran into a mack truck named Chris Joyce traveling in the opposite direction with great force on fourth and one causing a fumble.
Bo Nix completed 19-37 passes for 207 yards with 1 touchdown. His go-to receiver Will Hastings had 5 catches for 75 yards before a targeting hit on a high arching pass knocked him from the game.
On Bo Nix’s performance
“He’s still learning every game. We are really proud of him. He’s competing his butt off out there. To ask him to throw it 29 times in the first half, that’s not what we’re looking for. We’ll keep getting better. We’re a team — when we can run the football, we are a good offense. So that really has to be a focus moving forward. In the last two games, we’ve been successful running the ball in the second half. We just have to get to where we can do that in the first half.”
J Whitlow carried the load in the running game contributing 96 yards on 23 carries crossing the goal line for a touchdown once. Overall the offense compiled a total of 379 yards to Tulane’s 223 yards.
The oddsmakers got the score (24-6) correct. Auburn by eighteen points, but the performance seemed lackluster for the 10th ranked team in the country. Perhaps I didn’t expect Tulane to be so good therefore I must credit them for their effort and talent level.
We played a very quality opponent like we talked about and they were as good as advertised
Impressive was their 5 Tackles for Loss and the pressure they put on Nix. Unfortunately they couldn’t get off the field on third down allowing Auburn to convert 10-19 to earn a new series. Contrarily the Auburn defense forced their offense out allowing them to convert on 2-15. On 4th down they had no chance converting 0-2.
“Defensively, we did a super job against an offense that’s been averaging a lot of points and a lot of yards rushing. They were 2-of-15 on third down. It was just a great third-down plan and execution said Gus Malzhan.
JaTarvious Whitlow led the way on the ground gaining 121 yards from scrimmage, (96 yards rushing) he looked good for the most part, but he had better figure out a way to hold onto the ball fumbling three times is not going to cut it.
On the defensive side, Daniel Thomas and Marlon Davidson had six tackles each. The defense did not allow a touchdown, and they had 5 tackles for loss.
Auburn started slow or lackadaisical last week as well as this week lets hope this does not become a characteristic of the team.
Next on the Auburn Schedule is Kent State at Jordan Hare Stadium Saturday night Sept. 14, 2019.