October 19, 2013
Auburn's win at Texas A&M Saturday included 167 plays and 1,217 yards of offense, which makes the task of determining the most important snaps a difficult endeavor indeed.
Yet complexity doesn't make the task any less important.
Here's a look at seven plays that without a doubt influenced Auburn's ability to claim its sixth win of the season. Some outstanding efforts are going overlooked here and, well, that's what happens when things turn out the way they did Saturday.
In chronological order:
THE TOUCHDOWN TO SAMMIE COATES: Auburn faced a 2nd-and-16 from the Texas A&M 43; third quarter. Coates, of course, was the object of scorn after dropping what seemed like an easy pass during the Tigers' final drive of the first half. Yet this play was a screen pass to the left side, an easy catch for Coates, and he received some excellent blocking downfield from center Reese Dismukes and left guard Alex Kozan. A seam opened and Coates did what he does -- run really fast. The touchdown evened the score at 24 points apiece.
SHOULDER THE LOAD: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel broke away for a solid run up the middle on 2nd-and-Goal, but was injured while being taken down by cornerback Ryan White. Defensive end LaDarius Owens, who was following in pursuit, landed on top of Manziel as he fell to the turn. The quarterback was forced to leave the game with pain in his throwing arm. Though he later returned, A&M lost pace with Auburn with a three-and-out during the next series, which was commanded by backup quarterback Matt Joeckel.
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