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Rhett Lashlee likes Auburn's tempo in comeback win
Nov. 2, 2014

Nick Marshall has Auburn and its fast-paced offense on the move

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. — You know when Auburn rushes up to the line of scrimmage to run one play after another as quickly as possible? That was the Tigers in a critical part of the second half Saturday when Auburn overtook Ole Miss and stayed in the national championship hunt.

The Tigers beat the Rebels 35-31 when, said offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, the offense accepted his early-week challenge.

"I saw guys that played really hard and really physical," Lashlee said Sunday. "We felt like the last part of the third quarter and the fourth quarter that our offensive line really started getting a lot of push. We got the tempo going and that helped. That was a big positive and our guys made plays."

Quarterback Nick Marshall made plays, especially finding receivers Sammie Coates and Duke Williams with long passes. Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 143 yards to take the SEC lead with 974 yards.

Coates ran long with Marshall throwing deep.

"We tell him, not to think too hard about how he throws it," Coates said. "Put it in our area code, we're going to bring it in. What we do in the practice is what we do in the game."
The downfall were penalties, though the offense was charged with only four of Auburn's 13.

"The most proud I was of them was when we got down 24-14,"Lashlee said. "They had all the momentum in the world and our guys took three straight drives and scored, one of those being a 96-yard drive. They did respond well to adversity. That was a big positive."

Running 68 plays, gaining 507 yards and averaging 7.5 yards per play didn't hurt, either.

Lashlee will be looking for more when No. 3 Auburn plays host to Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  Auburn will turn to Marshall and Artis-Payne again, and will look for the return of tailback Roc Thomas, who was limited to three carries after turning his ankle against Ole Miss.

"Roc's fine," Lashlee said. "He rolled an ankle, and he could have gone back in, but probably wouldn't have been full speed."

So Auburn opted for "the seniors on the road that were full speed."

"Cam did what he normally does. He got stronger as the game went on and so we fully expect Roc to be fine with no major issues."

Also over the weekend...
Auburn wins: The game story
Gus Malzahn: Another close win
Big play: Kris Frost saves the night
Nick Marshall: He passes Auburn past Ole Miss
The polls: Auburn is No. 3 by coaches and AP

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter:


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