Sept. 27, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - Fresh off a 54-30 victory over Ball State Saturday night, the Auburn football team returned to the Athletic Complex practice fields Sunday evening for a brief workout in shorts that lasted a little more than an hour.
Part of Sunday's practice was spent correcting mistakes that were observed after watching film of the victory over Ball State, while the Tigers also began to look forward to next Saturday's game at Tennessee.
Following practice, defensive coordinator Ted Roof said that he observed both positives and negatives after watching the film of the Tigers' defense against Ball State.
"It was really a tale of two halves," said Roof. "In the first half you've got (Ball State held to) 72 yards on 39 plays, averaging less than two yards a play. You've got 20 rushes for 13 yards, so they're averaging less than one yard a rush. You have a couple of sacks, a couple of takeaways, and a defensive score.
"And then in the second half, we came back out and it was disappointing the way we gave up that first drive. Then we started wholesale substituting, and the execution wasn't what we need it to be."
Despite the large number of substitutions during the game, the Tigers still managed to hold Ball State to just 260 yards of offense while forcing two turnovers and allowing the Cardinals to convert just five of 15 third-down opportunities. Auburn also collected three sacks and seven tackles for loss during the game.
Auburn's victory over Ball State improved the Tigers to 4-0 (1-0 SEC) this season, and the Tigers will face their first road test of the year Saturday when Auburn visits Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC).
Saturday's game will kick off at 6:45 p.m. CT from Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, and will be televised by ESPN.