Sep 14, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Jermaine Whitehead (9) grabs Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Brescott (15) during the second half at Jordan Hare Stadium. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 24-20. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Season Rewind: Auburn Game


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.

Links:

Auburn game review

I wrote this piece because at the time it seemed like everyone was about to jump off a cliff

 

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