Auburn vs. Tennessee: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers

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Auburn vs. Tennessee: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers
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The Auburn Tigers dominated the Tennessee Volunteers in SEC play Saturday.

Final: Auburn 55, Tennessee 23

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Auburn Tigers Game Grades
Position Unit 1st-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense C- C-
Rush Offense A+ A+
Pass Defense B- B-
Rush Defense D+ C-
Special Teams A- A+
Coaching B A-

vs. Tennessee

Final Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall only completed three passes for 35 yards, but he didn't need to throw the ball much. The running game was clicking on all cylinders, allowing Marshall to manage the game. He did have one interception, however, that was returned for a touchdown.

Rush Offense: The Tigers rushed for 444 yards on 53 carries and five touchdowns. Marshall was the big runner of the day, running for 214 yards on 14 carries, while Tre Mason had 117 yards on 20 carries.

Pass Defense: Auburn wasn't challenged here as Joshua Dobbs completed 16 passes for 128 yards. The Tennessee secondary had one interception in which Dobbs threw across the field, which was intercepted by Robenson Therezie.

Rush Defense: Tennessee had success running the ball against Auburn, going for 225 yards and one touchdown. Rajion Neal went for 124 yards and one touchdown, finding the occasional hole in the defense.

Special Teams: Auburn was dominant on special teams. After Chris Davis returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, Corey Grant returned a kickoff for 90 yards in the second half.

Coaching: Running the ball worked for the Tigers and it's what the coaches stuck with. They never allowed Tennessee to get into the game.

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1st-Half Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall only has three completions for 35 yards and one touchdown. However, one of those passes went right into the hands of Tennessee's Jacques Smith, who returned it for a touchdown. The touchdown pass went to C.J. Uzomah.

Rush Offense: For all the talk about Tre Mason on the ground, Marshall is having a great day with 164 yards on eight carries, including two touchdowns. Mason has 54 yards on eight carries and one touchdown.

Pass Defense: Joshua Dobbs has completed 12 of 18 passes for 95 yards, with the longest being a 30-yard completion to Marquez North. Tennessee is sticking with the run, keeping the Auburn secondary off the hook.

Rush Defense: Tennessee has been having its way on the ground, garnering 152 yards on 29 carries. Rajion Neal has 11 carries for 69 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown run where he broke multiple tackles.

Special Teams: Chris Davis had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, igniting the Tigers. Steven Clark also had a 57-yard punt.

Coaching: The Tigers struggled a bit out of the gate but got things going when they went with what works—running the ball.

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