October 6, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Offense falls flat amid QB change

AUBURN -- Gene Chizik believed throughout the past two weeks that a series of spirited practices likely would preface a stronger performance against Arkansas.


The Tigers flopped inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon, pairing a satisfactory defensive effort with an offensive showing so poor that Auburn's head coach felt the need to apologize afterward. Arkansas won, 24-7.

"The bottom line is that the Auburn fans and the Auburn Family, they did not deserve this today and I apologize to anybody who came to the game to watch it," Chizik said. "It was a good (opponent) talent-wise, but we certainly have plenty of opportunities to play much better. We just didn't get it done. So, it's no excuses -- and that is about as simple as I can put it."

Saturday seemed like a replay of the Mississippi State game for long stretches. Auburn's offense was responsible for five turnovers, same as in Starkville, and created even more damage by conceding several avoidable sacks for big losses.

Arkansas entered the game with seven sacks in 2012. It finished with eight on Saturday alone.

Kiehl Frazier was benched after halftime for his problems, which centered around serial indecision, but junior Clint Moseley didn't fare much better. He was willing to make decisions in the passing game, but was picked off twice in the fourth quarter.

Both interceptions were made in the end zone.

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