September 15, 2012

OFFENSE: AU let down guard too early

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AUBURN -- As Mike Blakely charged toward the goal line during the third quarter Saturday, the Tigers appeared to be in the midst of an important renaissance.

A two-touchdown leaded was a few yards short of three.

Yet Blakely fumbled, Louisiana-Monroe recovered and the Tigers needed overtime to earn a 31-28 win. The whole experience left the offense wondering why things unraveled so badly late in the third quarter and into the fourth quarter.

"We just let down our guard a little bit," quarterback Kiehl Frazier said. "After that first drive we scored (to open the second half), we felt like we had the game put away. We've got to keep our foot on the gas pedal."

Blakely's run, which ended at the ULM 1, ended the Tigers' final drive of the third quarter. The team's initial fourth-quarter drive was a three-and-out. The next possession ended with a Frazier interception.

The final two drives of regulation? Three-and-outs.

Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said he was disappointed in his group's inability to move the ball, but defended his decision to remain conservative after Frazier's interception by saying the Auburn defense had his eye.

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