Entering the game averaging close to 300 yards a game on the ground, the Tigers didn’t tally even half that against the Bulldogs, finishing with 120 in Saturday’s 24-20 win.
As one would expect, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee wasn’t pleased with the performance.
“I do think we should have run the ball better,” he said. “Now, they had a good plan. Geoff (Collins), their defensive coordinator, does a great job. They have some big guys upfront. I think their linebackers are big. No. 50 (Benardrick McKinney), the middle linebacker, is a really good football player. He made a lot of plays.”
Though his frustration at the running game’s lack of success boiled over during the game, Lashlee said it didn’t look as bad once he got a chance to view it on film.
Much like the offense as a whole, the Tigers’ ground game was simply “average” Saturday, Lashlee said.
“We were just a guy sliding off a block too early here, a back missing a cut there, a wide receiver not blocking a guy he’s supposed to block for the bounce, those kinds of things,” he said. “Real close, but we’ve got to be better. We’ve got to be able to run the football better than that to have a chance, consistently. I feel like our whole offense is kind of in that same mold.”