November 17, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Offense finally breaks through

AUBURN -- Scot Loeffler finally had a chance to enjoy the halftime break Saturday.

The Tigers' offense was at its best during the first half against Alabama A&M, racking up 375 yards, scoring 35 points and went 4-for-4 on third down. It was the kind of performance Loeffler had been designing since last winter.

Better late than never.

"It was nice to see us go down and score, get on top and finally get into a half where we felt comfortable," Loeffler said. "We were able to establish the run. We had a couple missed opportunities that we needed to keep going with Jonathan. We were able to move the ball, score in the red, 100 percent on third downs. That's a good first half."

The Tigers were bigger and stronger than Alabama A&M, but the home team's dominance was surprising in at least one way. Guard Christian Westerman, a redshirt freshman who missed two months with a foot injury, made the first start of his career at left guard and helped fuel a huge day on the ground.

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