Saturday, October 11, 2008

Auburn vs. Arkansas Wrap Up: The Return of Nallsminger

The Smashing Pumpkins have hit Auburn. I say that as I currently Melancholy and I’m feeling the infinite sadness. (OK. Bad pun.)

Admittedly, I missed the first half of tonight’s game. Every October, my wife schedules a trip to a local pumpkin patch. Though she doesn’t look at Auburn’s schedule, she typically seems to plan the trip for Auburn’s game with Arkansas. I love my Tigers, but the kids won’t be pumpkin patch age forever. I caught the second half by computer.

I wish I missed the second half, too.

I have never seen an offensive performance that pathetic. Still, through turnovers and a kickoff return for a TD, we were up 20-10 in the third quarter and leading 20-16 going in to the 4th quarter.

And we’d yet to gain 100 yards of total offense by the end of the third quarter. Combining these first three quarters with the final three quarters of Vanderbilt game, we were under 170 yards for six quarters.

And our defense gave up over 400 yards. I don’t blame them. They were tired. At one point somewhere in 4th quarter, Arkansas had run double the numbers of plays of Auburn. That’s a lot of three and outs.

What’s amazing, though, is that we still had a chance to win the game at the end. We drove the field and had 2nd and goal at the 4-yard line. We threw three straight passes. THREE STRAIGHT FRIGGIN PASSES!

It was then I realized Nallsminger was in charge. (Yes, I realize Ensminger is the one calling the plays.)

In 2003, we were down to Ole Miss at home. (For those that don’t’ remember, 2003 was Eli’s senior year.) We had 3rd and 2 at Ole Miss’s 3-yard line with less than a minute to go. We had a time out. Also, even if we got stopped short, we would get a 1st down (and the clock would stop) just by reaching the 1-yard line. We threw two passes, the last one dropped by Ben Obamanu in the end zone.

We have lost three games by a combined score of nine points and we look pathetic and what really sucks is how easily we could be 7-0. However, I don’t see much hope at the moment. Nallsminger tried to run in 2003 the offense that Petrino ran in 2002. The current incarnation is trying to run the spread. Neither incarnation knew what they were doing.

If Auburn’s going to run a spread offense similar to what Oklahoma does, then they’re going to have to do more than fire Tony Franklin. Nall, Ensminger, Gran, and Knox would need to go as well. Tuberville needs to decide whether he’s more devoted to his assistants and thinks they can learn or whether he needs to bring in others who know what they’re doing. Too many missed assignments. Too many dropped passes. Too many…losses.

And the season has really imploded.

War Eagle anyway!

1 comment:

Jerry said...

I am afraid to think what will happen the rest of the season. Will the Tigers take the Rebels, the Dogs, and the Tide? Are there any miracles?