Auburn vs. Texas A&M: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers

Brian Pedersen@realBJPFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M ran all over Auburn last year, winning 63-21.
Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M ran all over Auburn last year, winning 63-21.John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn 45, Texas A&M 41—FINAL

Auburn (6-1, 3-1 SEC) went into College Station and came out with a thrilling 45-41 win over Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2).

The final box score can be found at NCAA.com.

Check out our final and first-half grading for Auburn and analysis below, and give us your feedback in the comments section. 

 

Auburn Tigers Live Game Grades
Position Unit1st half gradeFinal grade
Pass OffenseBA-
Rush OffenseA-A
Pass DefenseC-D
Rush DefenseB+B
Special TeamsBB
CoachingCB
Week 8 at Texas A&M

Final game analysis for the Auburn Tigers:

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall was under 50 percent passing (11-of-23) but made the throws when necessary for 236 yards and two TDs. Sammy Coates was huge in the second half to redeem some first-half drops.

Run Offense: Tre Mason (27 carries, 178 yards, one TD) was unstoppable, especially in the second half. Marshall (100 yards, two TDs) was slippery. Auburn ran for 381 yards total.

Pass Defense: The Tigers couldn't guard Mike Evans (11 catches, 287 yards, 4 TDs) no matter how hard they tried. Johnny Manziel (28-of-38, 454 yards) could throw almost at will.

Run Defense: Manziel began to get loose in the second half after being stifled before halftime, but not to the level of other games. A&M only ran for 133 yards.

Special Teams: Other than being unprepared for a fake field goal that earned a first down, nothing to speak of.

Coaching: Gus Malzahn dropped the trickery and played straightforward in the second half with stellar results. His game plan worked exactly as hoped.

Oct 19, 2013; College Station, TX, USA;  Auburn Tigers wide receiver Sammie Coates (18) scores a 43-yard touchdown run against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

First-half analysis for the Auburn Tigers:

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall has made great throws, particularly the rollout bullet to Quan Bray for a score. The wheel pass to Jay Prosch for 57 yards was perfectly executed. Drops, however, have been costly.

Run Offense: Auburn has been able to move the ball without much resistance, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Marshall was careless on his fumble, but it didn't cost the Tigers.

Pass Defense: Might want to cover Mike Evans. He has 182 yards and three TDs, most of that coming after the catch. Still, two picks have led to 10 points.

Run Defense: Johnny Manziel hasn't been able to run, which made A&M mostly one-dimensional until late in the half. A&M has only 63 yards on 17 team carries.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey hit a 27-yard field goal early, while Steven Clark has averaged 41.3 yards on three punts.

Coaching: Gus Malzahn has rolled the dice, with mixed results. Throwing late in first half instead of running out the clock led to a late A&M TD.

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