November 3, 2013
Rush to judgment
AUBURN | Gus Malzahn promised to make Auburn a running team when he was hired and has followed through on the pledge.
The Tigers currently lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing.
Yet what happened in Fayetteville on Saturday night was unusual even by Malzahn's standards. Auburn finished with 55 snaps from scrimmage and 46 of them were runs. Almost all of them were planned.
That's not a run tendency. That's running.
"We ran (22) plays in the first half and had five or six minutes time of possession and we're ahead 14-3," offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. "Those things don't happen very often. We knew at halftime we were going to have to be very efficient with our possessions. In other words, we've got to get points. When we get the ball, we can't mess around -- we've got to go get points because at this pace we don't know how many we'll get."
Auburn certainly was efficient during its 35-17 win over the Razorbacks. The visitors averaged 6.7 yards per play and scored touchdowns on five of their first eight possessions.
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