AUBURN, Ala. — Once again, Auburn had its shot at a last-second miracle.
The defensive line played Clemson’s QB Deshaun Watson tough all night and the linebackers showed great improvement from the offseason, but erratic quarterback play — from multiple quarterbacks — led Auburn to stumble offensively.
Here’s what Malzahn said after the loss:
- Opens with, “Very proud of our defense. Outstanding effort holding those guys to 19 points.
- Malzahn: Offensively, obviously a big struggle.
- “That’s one of the best teams in college football and that encourages me that this is going to be a very good team.
- On quarterback play: “We went into this game knowing that we were going to play all three guys.”
- Malzahn said Sean White is the starting quarterback, expects him to start next week.
- On Sean White: “He’s our guy.”
- Malzahn said he changed quarterbacks on the same drive multiple times by design, all quarterbacks had different packages.
- Malzahn: “That was probably the biggest disappointment for me, running the football.”
- Clemson’s defense, “had a good plan.”
- “Quarterbacks knew exactly what to expect. Certain quarterbacks are better at certain plays.”
- On a three quarterback system: “We’ve always had wildcat guys and guys that were capable.
- On the defense: “Coach Steele had a great plan and our guys played their butts off.”
- On game plan moving forward: “I will tell you we will improve as an offense moving forward.”
- On offensive line play: “We had some new guys up front, and there were jitters early.”
- Malzahn said Clemson’s defense wasn’t giving Auburn’s quarterback much room to run.
- “These guys have a lot of guts and our guys will continue to improve.”
- “They’re disappointed and they should be disappointed. We had a chance to beat them at home and we didn’t.”
- Malzahn says this team, “Has a lot of character and leadership, will keep improving moving forward.”