September 2, 2007

Notebook: Offensive woes, injury report

Going without a touchdown for 58 minutes, averaging 1-yard per rush, throwing two interceptions and giving up five sacks isn't exactly how Tommy Tuberville or Al Borges envisioned the start of the 2007 season on offense.

But that's what happened Saturday night against Kansas State.

The Wildcat defense gave the Tigers fits all night, stacking the box with eight and sometimes nine defenders. Auburn had few answers for the KSU blitz, which seemed to come on every snap. The Tigers revamped offensive line, which included four new starters, two of which are freshmen, struggled to protect QB Brandon Cox.

Cox finished the night 17-of-30 for 229 yards, a touchdown and the two picks. Five completions and 57 of those yards came on the final scoring drive.

Not being able to score points and having to rely on special teams and defense to win games is something Auburn is familiar with. The Tigers did it 11 times a year ago.

Tuberville was just hopeful he wouldn't to endure another year of that.

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