Week of Auburn game:
- Who will play QB?
- Mullen says Russell will play if healthy
- Many fans want Dak to play
- It looks like Russell will play
- Day of the game rumor has it Prescott will start
- Russell is announced as the starter at the stadium
- Dak starts, Russell is dressed out but unavailable
Prescott came into his own on the plains and really showed that he was ready to lead the offense as a sophomore. It was a heart-breaking loss, and it probably did a lot to propel Auburn to where they are today.
At this point in the season State fans were furious. We had a win at Auburn within our grasp, but played prevent defense on the final drive and lost it. Looking back, the Auburn game wasn’t a bad loss (they are 11-1 and won the West) and we learned from the defensive strategy and eventually won games with our D on the field vs. Bowling Green, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Other than the last drive, State’s defense played well forcing 3 turnovers (two at midfield that the offense scored 0 points with) and holding them to 120 yards rushing. The unstoppable Aubrun rushing attack that you see today was pretty fierce then too – coming in they averaged 298 YPG….but State held them down…unfortunately Nick Marshall threw for over 300 yards.
I wrote this piece because at the time it seemed like everyone was about to jump off a cliff