November 29, 2008

Auburn defense falters in second half

With the majority of defensive starters returning to the lineup for Auburn Saturday night, the Tigers were optimistic they could slow down the Alabama offense.

For the first 30 minutes of the game, Auburn did.

The Tigers held the Tide to just 10 points in the first half, 53 yards passing. Auburn gave up just one big play, a 41-yard scoring jaunt by Alabama running back Glen Coffee.

The second half however, was a different story.

Alabama ran the ball 31 times in the third and fourth quarters, finished with 234 yards rushing and averaged nearly five yards per attempt in the process. Auburn's defense, spending much of the game on the field with the offense failing to maintain possession, wore down.

The Tide scored 26 points in the second half and rolled to a 36-0 win. Coffee finished with 144 yards rushing on 20 carries (7.2 avg.) and the touchdown. Freshman Mark Ingram added 64 yards on 15 attempts.

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