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Report card: Auburn’s offense falls flat, special teams picks wrong week to stumble

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn quarterback Sean White, left, is hit by Georgia's Jordan Jenkins during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Auburn, Ala. Georgia won 20-13. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Auburn quarterback Sean White, left, is hit by Georgia's Jordan Jenkins during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Auburn, Ala. Georgia won 20-13. (Todd J. Van Emst/Opelika-Auburn News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Report Card

Offense F: Auburn went away from its rushing attack as the game went on, and the offense’s production steadily declined. For the first time this season, Jovon Robinson and Peyton Barber looked like they might get going at the same time, but the quarterback situation prevented that from happening. Jeremy Johnson threw a terrible interception in the first half, and looked uncomfortable looking down field. Sean White’s cameo appearance didn’t go well either with the redshirt freshman finishing 1 of 5 for 1 yard. As a team, Auburn averaged 2.2 pass yards per attempt.

Defense A: Auburn’s defense has made some less than stellar offenses look pretty powerful this season, but that wasn’t the case Saturday against Georgia. The Tigers' defense only allowed one touchdown, a season-low 243 yards of total offense and made an impressive goal line stand in the second quarter. Auburn pressured Greyson Lambert fairly consistently, and held the Bulldogs to one touchdown in four trips inside the red zone. Defensive players were upset they didn’t force a turnover, but the lack of a fumble or interception didn’t cost the Tigers the game.

Special Teams D: Daniel Carlson goes 2 for 2 on field goals to set a new program record with his 13th and 14th attempt without a miss. The problem for Auburn was a breakdown in punt coverage for the first time this season in the fourth quarter that allowed Georgia to score the go-ahead touchdown. One of Auburn’s only special teams failures this season came at the worst possible time.

Coaching D: Auburn’s offensive play calling in the second half was as bad as its been all season. The ongoing quarterback battle isn’t doing the team any favors. If Sean White isn’t healthy enough to play, he should sit. The way White was brought into the game, and how he was used put the whole offense at a disadvantage.  

Overall D: Georgia’s best player Nick Chubb went down earlier this season, there are reports of infighting on the Bulldogs' coaching staff and its quarterback situation is shaky at best. Auburn’s been through plenty of disappointment this season, but Saturday might have been a low point of the season. The Tigers had the advantage of playing at home in front of a sold out crowd to go with a terrific defensive performance, and yet still couldn't walk away with a win.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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