AUBURN, Ala. — Head coach Gus Malzahn couldn’t have asked for a much better effort from his defense against Texas A&M. Despite a few slipups, every defensive unit consistently came up big on third downs, leading the Aggies to kick field goals until late Saturday night.
Offensively, however, things didn’t go as the Tigers would have liked. Auburn struggled to capitalize in big moments and failed to put up points for the majority of the game, leading to a 29-16 loss.
Here’s what Malzahn said following the loss:
- Malzahn says tonight was an “extremely tough night,” and a “dogfight” against the Aggies.
- Offensively, Auburn struggled with a lot of 3rd-&-7 plays.
- “Defensively I thought we played well.”
- On the QBs: “We felt like we needed a shot in the arm. We gave John Franklin a chance. We’ll talk about things moving forward.”
- Malzahn says he thought though Franklin is “still learning” but did well.
- “Need more explosive plays.”
- On offensive line: “I’d say right now our whole offense is a work in progress. It was inconsistent, to say the least.”
- “We’ve got to find a way to do better offensively…the third quarter hurt us. We had opportunities and we didn’t seize them.”
- “Right now, we didn’t get it done and we had an opportunity. I think everyone saw that and that’s frustrating for me as a head coach.”
- On facing LSU next week: “You have to work hard, coach ’em up, and go out there and execute. We’ll improve. We had some opportunities tonight, but didn’t get it done.”
- On Sean White: “We were honest with him. We needed a shot. That’s all you can do, is be honest.”
- Malzahn said it wasn’t just White who struggled, cited several drops.
- “We’ve got to put him (White) in better situations, too.”
- On the first play of the game: “They just mass charged us and that wasn’t on our players, that was on our coaches.”
- On the state of the program: “The only thing on my mind right now is making us as good as we can be.”
- “We’ve got to figure out a way to get better. That’s what’s on our mind.”