Overall Game Grade- D
It was another rough day for the Auburn offense, as they struggled to maintain drives.
Starting quarterback Clint Moseley doesn't bring anything to the table, which allowed the Vanderbilt offense to play aggressive. It didn't take long for the Commodores to get a hold for what the Tigers were doing offensively, and once they did, Auburn had a hard time moving the ball.
By the games end, the Tigers had only compiled 109 yards through the air and 103 on the ground.
Tre Mason ran the ball 16 times for 85 yards, and the Tigers should have given him more attempts. If he had reached the 20 carry mark, he would have easily gone over 100 yards and broken another big run or two.
Dropping Moseley back was completely ineffective, so the offense should have been varied more.
Fourth Quarter- F
The Tigers had a short field to start the fourth quarter but were forced to settle for a field goal. The drive was aided by an unnecessary roughness call against Vanderbilt.
Auburn certainly has a chance to drive it down the field for a touchdown, but everything would have to go just right in order to do that.
If they are going to win this game, it will more likely come from a big play on special teams or defense that gives the offense a short field.
Tre Mason has been effective, but the offensive line has allowed penetration on too many plays. It's really hard for offenses to be successful when the quarterback does nothing more than hand the ball off and throw the ball to receivers at the line of scrimmage.
The defense recovered a fumble with over two minutes left, giving the offense one more chance to win the game. If they hope to do so, then they better open up the offense and throw the ball down the field.
Moseley was unable to drive the offense down the field, as the tough year for Auburn fans continues.
Third Quarter- C-
Auburn started the third quarter with the ball and are continuing to keep the ball on the ground. In fact, Gene Chizik is starting to use his two running backs differently and Vanderbilt is having a hard time slowing them down.
Onterio McCalebb is getting the ball on tosses, which has allowed him to use his speed on the outside. Tre Mason is better running inside the tackles and making cuts form there and has punished the Commodores inside.
Another negative play doomed the Tigers first drive, as Jonathan Wallace fumbled the ball. Luckily for Auburn, they jumped on the ball but were forced into a 2nd and 19 due to the yards lost.
In situations like that, Auburn has few options because they don't trust Clint Moseley enough to let him sit back and throw down the field.
The Tigers offense may as well walk off the field when first down doesn't go well, because they are incapable of converting long down and distance situations.
Tre Mason broke off the teams' biggest play of the day, as he ripped off a 34 yard run that demonstrated his power and speed.
With Clint Moseley at the helm, the offense is very predictable which has made it difficult on the Tigers skill players to make big plays.
Second Quarter- B+
After recovering a fumble late in the first quarter, the Auburn offense came onto the field with a chance to swing the momentum back in their favor.
That didn't happen, as Auburn called three predictable plays and were forced to punt. The offense hasn't moved the ball through two drives and need to run Tre Mason more.
Whenever he gets the ball, Mason makes it clear that he won't be easy to take down. The Vandy defense has struggled tackling so far, which could lead to a very big day for Mason.
Gene Chizik used Jonathan Wallace early in the second quarter, and he threw his first pass on the year which led to a first down.
The Auburn offensive line allowed penetration on first and second and goal, which created a very long third-and-long.
Everything needs to go right for the Tigers to score points, and the execution has been spotty at best.
After Vandy turned the ball over on downs, Auburn's offense drove down the field in five yards to score a touchdown. Mason took the handoff from Moseley and found the end zone from two yards out to give the Tigers their first lead of the day.
First Quarter- C-
On Auburn's first play, Tre Mason took a handoff to the right and cut it up the field for a 17-yard run. The game plan against Vanderbilt will be to run the ball effectively, so it was important to gain momentum on the ground right away.
The Tigers can't afford to get into unfavorable down and distance situations, as putting extra pressure on Clint Moseley to throw the ball downfield could be dangerous.
Auburn's first drive only reinforced that idea, as two negative plays and a short pass forced them to punt the ball right back to Vandy.
The Commodores dominated the clock in the first quarter as they held the ball for 11 minutes and 38 seconds.