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  • Auburn comes out on top of Kansas State despite subpar rushing effort

    Posted by JUSTIN FERGUSON on September 19, 2014

    Auburn running back Cameron Artis-Payne (44) gets past Kansas State defensive back Danzel McDaniel (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. Auburn won 20-14.

    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Close wins have become part of Auburn’s identity under Gus Malzahn.

    But another important part of its identity, massive yardage on the ground, could not be found in Thursday night’s narrow 20-14 victory against Kansas State.

    Auburn finished with 128 rushing yards against the host Wildcats — the lowest for the program since this time last season, when the Tigers ran for 120 in a 24-20 home victory over Mississippi State in the third game of 2013.

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  • (Updated) Auburn notes: Holsey returns to familiar position

    Posted by Ryan Black on September 18, 2014

    Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) is tackled by Auburn defensive back Joshua Holsey (15) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    MANHATTAN, Kan. — With Jermaine Whitehead unavailable Thursday night, Auburn reshuffled its secondary. And thanks to this lineup shakeup, a familiar face returned to boundary corner: Joshua Holsey.

    The junior started the first six games at the position last year. Two days before Auburn took on Texas A&M last October, however, Holsey suffered a knee injury that ended his 2013 campaign prematurely. After regaining his health, he moved back to corner — the spot he had been recruited to play coming out of Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga. — though the Tigers always expressed confidence in his ability to slide back to safety if circumstances dictated it.

    And the events of Wednesday did just that.

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