October 20, 2012

Lack of discipline dooms Tigers' offense

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The venues keep changing yet the Tigers' story remains the same.

Poor execution, penalties and timely blunders wrecked another opportunity for Auburn to make progress Saturday. And if there ever was a time to demonstrate progress, to show that a 1-5 start wasn't indicative of this team's true ability, this was the moment.

Instead, the opportunity dissipated. Vanderbilt won, 17-13.

This offense simply doesn't work. There are moments when things come together just as they should, like the five-play drive that yielded the Tigers' lone touchdown Saturday, but the low times are far more common.

Like the team's very first possession of the game. Tre Mason opens with a 17-yard gain to the right side with a beastly fullback clearing a safe path. It was power football. It was old-time Auburn football.

Next play? Bust. Loss of one.

Next play after that? Stuffed. Loss of one.

Third down? A pass to Trovon Reed six yards short of the first-down marker. Punt.

That kind of messy execution was a recurring theme.

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