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Auburn Gets Croomed

Posted by Kevin on September 17, 2007

It’s sad when you have a slang term for what you call it when your teams beats someone you probably shouldn’t. In MSU’s case, many fans refer to a team getting “Croomed”.

Statistics aside, this victory should provide a tremendous boost of confidence to the Bulldog faithful. Whereas in years past when the team fell behind and things didn’t go their way, they would cave in and quit trying, Croom’s Bulldogs have always fought to the end. Now it seems like they’re finally learning how to make good things happen instead of expecting bad things to happen.

Blake McAdams just might have made one of the biggest plays of the day when his punt sailed over Auburn’s return man and took a State bounce, resulting in a 73 yard punt that completely changed the field possession battle.

The O-line gets a well deserved ‘A’ for this game. The 172 rushing yards piled up by Anthony Dixon and Christian Ducre seemed like so much more.

The offensive coaches get a ‘C’ from me. As good as the ground game was, 5 completed passes for 41 yards won’t get the job done very often. The ground game forced Auburn to stack the line of scrimmage. Where were the play-action passes? The ground game worked, but the play calling should have been better.

We finally got to see Josh Riddell in action. He’s good, but is he really that much better than Wes Carroll? At this point I don’t care. Whoever does the best in practice this week should start against Garner-Webb, but I’d like to see both of them see significant playing time. Then go with whoever is having the most success.

The defense gets an ‘A’ for bending but not breaking. Freshman sensation Kodi Burns came in off the bench for Auburn when starter Brandon Cox struggled and completely changed the game. Not only did he spark the Auburn offense, but he game them the lead before Auburn coaches put Cox back in late for their last drive. In the end, State’s defense bowed up and held Auburn on four straight plays inside the 10 to preserve the victory.

Game notes:

  • State’s field goal in the 1st quarter were the first points the Bulldogs scored against Auburn in just over 8 quarters.
  • The Bulldog defense scored a touchdown for the second straight game.
  • State ended a six game losing streak to Auburn.
  • State won a conference road opener for the first time since 1999.
  • Adam Carlson‘s second quarter field goal marked the first time in his career he has made two field goals in one game.
  • Anthony Dixon set a new career high with 29 carries. His 103 rushing yards also marks the 4th time he has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.
  • Titus Brown moved into 10th place on MSU’s all-time sack list.

Overnight, State has gone from a team picked to win two or three games, to a team people are expecting to fight for a bowl game. I’ll admit the team is improved from last year, but a bowl game? I don’t know about that. We have Garner-Webb coming up this week that should be a gimmie (of course we all remember Maine…). If I recall correctly, there’s some odd rule about being able to count I-AA victories toward bowl eligibility, or am I just dreaming? If so, there’s three wins.

South Carolina looks to be a loss. We should beat UAB. Tennessee is likely a loss, although I’ll go on upset alert here. West Virginia is damn sure a loss. Kentucky is probably a loss on the road. We can beat Alabama. Arkansas on the road is probably a loss. We’ll stomp the snot out of Ole Miss. My math says a bowl game is not out of the question, but it’s not going to be easy.

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One Response to “Auburn Gets Croomed”

  1. Shane said

    I am amazed the coaches had a successful game plan to win this one with one hand (pass offense) tied behind our back. It will not continue. We have to be able to pass.

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