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There were not very many head scratching decisions in this game. There are definitely some things that Gene Chizik's staff will need to correct before heading to Starkville next week.
The Tigers committed six penalties for 38 yards. As mentioned earlier, this Auburn team will not be good enough to give teams free yards.
You can be sure that Brian Van Gorder was not expecting to give up 500+ yards in his return to the college game. He did not see any Chad Morris type offenses in the NFL. As he promised, the defense was much more aggressive in blitzing.
Better halftime adjustments were expected from Brian Van Gorder and Willie Martinez in the secondary. Auburn defenders continued to play very loose coverage in the second half. Do they not trust their defensive backs in man-to-man coverage? It does not appear that they do.
Gene Chizik showed some good clock management skills late in the first half when he gave Clemson very minimal time to do anything before the half expired.
Scot Loeffler's play calling was decent. He gave Kiehl Frazier some plays that helped him build his confidence early on in the game before letting him loose on the 54 yard touchdown play-action pass to Emory Blake.
The Auburn coaching staff earns a C for their efforts in the loss to Clemson.