November 3, 2012

A step forward

AUBURN -- There are many ways to lampoon what happened inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The opponent was New Mexico State. The home team led by a mere points at halftime, which created enough disgust to send a significant portion of the meager crowd toward the exits. Play was sloppy, sluggish and almost totally uninspiring.

Yet something happened after halftime.

Auburn came alive.

The defense remained stout while Scot Loeffler's offense, mired in a season-long drought, suddenly gained confidence. Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb began finding room between the tackles while quarterback Jonathan Wallace, his inexperience on the top of everyone's tongue, made the throws Auburn fans have been wanting since two-a-days.

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