Red Wolves fall in hard fought battle
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 16:09
The Red Wolves looked good on paper, but couldn’t finish in the red zone in Saturday night’s 38-9 loss against former head coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers.
A-State racked up a total of 422 offensive yards and held advantage of time possession, but weren’t able to capitalize on field possession.
“Offensively we have got to take advantage of our opportunities especially down in the red zone,” Head Coach Bryan Harsin said in a press release. “I thought there were some good things in there, but not good enough.”
The Red Wolves were trailing 21-3 at halftime, but came out in the third quarter and scored six points from senior Brian Davis field goals to bring the score 21-9.
Although momentum was gained from the unanswered points, Auburn added on an 11-yard touchdown run with over a minute left in the third quarter, leading the Red Wolves 28-9.
The Tigers continued to gain the lead with a field goal and touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Although A-State couldn’t score, they moved the ball well.
Senior quarterback Adam Kennedy had 74 rushing yards and went 29-of-41 in 272 passing yards. Senior running back David Oku ran for 48 yards on 16 carries and had six receptions for 70 yards.
Senior wide out Julian Jones caught a game-high seven passes for 29 yards and Darion Griswold totaled five grabs for 46 yards.
“We knew we were playing a good opponent and we were going to have to do our best,” Harsin said. “Without watching film, I thought those guys came out and fought.”
Former Head Coach Gus Malzhan commended the Red Wolves on their performance in a post-game press conference.
“We beat a good team tonight,” Malzahn said. “They’ve got some phenomenal skilled guys that will have the chance to play at the next level. I’m impressed.”
Now 1-1 on the season, the Red Wolves will look ahead to take on the Troy Trojans in their SBC opener at Liberty Bank Stadium this Thursday.
“We’re going to work hard, make the adjustments and fix the mistakes we had,” junior tight end Kenny Rains said. “We’re going to brush up and we’re going to come out against Troy and play a great game.”
Harsin remained positive for the weeks to come.
“Every week is about getting better,” Harsin said.
“Whether we win or lose, it’s about that. I appreciate the way our guys came out tonight.”