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Rhett Lashlee looking for more from Auburn's offense
Sept. 22, 2014

NickMarshall
With Brandon Fulse providing protection, Nick Marshall's passing helped keep Kansas State at bay

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com
 
AUBURN, Ala.  They're undefeated and just beat a Top 25 team on the road.
 
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee wants more.
 
He said Sunday the Tigers' offense needs to be more consistent after reviewing last Thursday's 20-14 win over Kansas State
 
"We didn’t play Auburn football, really at any position," he said after watching game film.
 
Auburn plays host to Louisiana Tech in a 3 p.m. homecoming game Saturday before playing seven more teams currently ranked in the Top 25. Lashlee's message was clear on that score: Auburn's offense needs to eliminate mistakes to move forward.
 
Lashlee said Auburn would begin by looking within.
 
"We've all looked at ourselves, from myself to our coaches. We've got to make sure we don't take anything for granted or let anything slide," Lashlee said. "We prepared hard like we always do. The guys were ready to play, and they played hard. We just didn't play well. Like I said, they had a lot to do with that, but, when you watch the film, on almost every play you can say, 'That's not what we do. That's not our brand of football.'"
 
There were positives, to be sure. Quarterback Nick Marshall delivered in the clutch, as usual. The running game can be tweaked. Lashlee said the coaching staff learned much from the game.
 
"The other positive thing was that it was frustrating, but our guys never showed it," Lashlee said. "They hung in there, and they battled, largely because our defense kept us in the game. But we just weren't playing well. But when we needed to make plays, we did, and that's a positive."
 
Lashlee also said Kansas State had a lot to do with Auburn's uneven play. "They are tough and they play hard," he said. But that, he said, didn't explain Auburn's "poorly executed plays" bringing him back to Football 101.
 
"We didn’t have many plays where all 11 guys did what they were supposed to do. In the run game, in the pass game, in pass protection, you name it, it was not our best effort," he said. "Fortunately for us, it was not our best effort in a game our defense played great, and we were able to find a way to win.
 
"The things I was pleased with  the one thing I thought we did well was when we needed to respond, I thought we did. I thought we learned more about our team probably than if we had gone out and played great and won going away. 
 
"We had played poorly the whole first half and they finally scored and make it 7-3, and we go straight down the field and score before half. We responded and had a good answer.
 
"We challenged them at halftime that we’ve got to be better on third down, and we were. We had about a 15-play scoring drive in the second half. Then that last drive when we needed to keep the ball away from them, we did. Those are some of the positives. Good teams win when they’re not at their best. I felt like we did that, but at the same time watching the film it was just what it felt like. It was very frustrating and just not our best effort."
 
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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