against New Mexico State last week. Running backs
Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason combined for
265 yards on the ground. Mason had 152 yards and
a touchdown on 22 carries, while McCalebb had
113 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.
With a freshman quarterback, the Tigers will need
to continue to establish the run if they are going to
have any chance of success. Auburn has had more
than 200 yards rushing only twice this season, and
it is no surprise that both times the Tigers have won
their games. Auburn had 255 yards against Louisiana
Auburn’s team scored more times than it had all season,
with five offensive touchdowns and one defensive
score. Before playing New Mexico State, the most
points Auburn had scored was 31 against Louisiana
Monroe. The common factor is that Auburn has defeated
both teams. The Tigers scored their first defensive
touchdown of the season when Daren Bates returned
a fumble 62 yards in the third quarter. Auburn
also racked up five more touchdowns on offense. Four
of the touchdowns were scored by runningbacks Ontario
McCalebb, Tre Mason and fullback Jay Prosch.
The final offensive touchdown was a 40-yard passing
connection from freshman quarterback Jonathan
Wallace to Trovon Reed.
Auburn’s defense gave up only one touchdown last
week against New Mexico State. The 2-yard rushing
touchdown was scored late, and the game was well in
the Tigers’ hands by the time the Aggies found paydirt.
Auburn’s defense allowed New Mexico State 83
yards on the ground. This is the fewest rushing yards
Auburn has allowed all season. Actually, the next
best game the Tigers had in rush defense was against
Arkansas where they allowed 116. Looking forward to
the last three games of the season, Auburn will need
to have similarly good run defense against stronger
football teams such as Georgia and Alabama. More
importantly, the Tigers will need to stop the offenses of
these teams from finding the end zone.