September 2, 2012

THE OFFENSE: Misfires leave Tigers seeing red

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ATLANTA -- Auburn's new offense had little trouble gaining yards between the 20-yard lines Saturday night.

Still, the final 20 yards were insurmountable.

The Tigers were forced to settle for field goals during each of their three forays into the red zone against Clemson. Those serial misfires played a central role in Auburn's 26-19 loss and left players wondering what went wrong.

"We had the long drives. We were driving the ball down the field," wideout Emory Blake said. "In the red zone, we have to punch it in. That was the difference in the game. They punched it in and we didn't."
Auburn couldn't have performed more poorly inside the 20. The team ran nine plays in that portion of the field - six passes for minus-5 yards, two runs for minus-1 yard and one holding call.

That's not good.

"When you get in the red zone, you have to score (touchdowns)," quarterback Kiehl Frazier said. "We got down there enough to win."

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