Nov. 3, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn football team returned to the practice fields for the first time this week with a 100-minute session behind the Athletic Complex Tuesday evening.
Tigers' offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn came away pleased with the team's effort after working on fundamentals during Tuesday's practice.
"We worked on our base fundamentals some and on our game plan," Malzahn said. "It was a pretty crisp practice today. I think the players are looking forward to getting back out there and playing again this Saturday."
Auburn enters Saturday's Homecoming game against Furman averaging 31.9 points per game, the 22nd best average in the nation. Senior running back Ben Tate is 11th in the NCAA in rushing, averaging 118.6 yards per game.
The Tigers hold a 69-8-5 all-time record in Homecoming games and are 31-2-1 in the last 34 of those games. Auburn is playing Furman for the fourth time in series history, but the teams have not met since 1956.
Furman is scoring 27.6 points per game and 227.8 yards passing per outing in 2009. The Paladin have given up just six sacks through eight games this season and are converting third downs 46 percent of the time offensively.
Auburn (6-3, 3-3 SEC) and Furman (4-4, 3-3 Southern Conference) will kick off at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday from Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be a Pay-Per-View broadcast available in Alabama and South Carolina to cable subscribers and small dish owners who subscribe to DirecTV or Dish Network.
Fans should contact their local cable provider or small dish provider to order the game. Other home dish owners should call 1-800-TV-Stars to order the game.