New Mexico State Review: Best against the worst
The world of Auburn Football has marginally improved with Auburn’s win over NMSU, we have gone from being used to winning to celebrating every measly win like it were 1999. For me, this was a win that should improve the confidence of the players, but by no means does this change the fact that Chizik and co. have to go. Beating the worst team in the worst conference in the country shouldn’t change things.
It was definitely the best quarterback play we’ve seen for a while. Wallace stepped up and delivered and the team rallied around him, despite the slow offensive start. He finished 9/16 for 164 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Tre Mason was outstanding again, as he had over 150 yards and a score, and Onterio McCalebb racked up 113 yards and two touchdowns. Good things happen when you run the ball with some consistency.
The obvious highlight of the day was Daren Bates’ nasty stiff arm/touchdown return, one that got me up from my chair with excitement. After Bates picked up a loose fumble, he ran it all the way back and delivered a hard stiff arm to an unsuspecting Morrison, before diving into the end-zone. I’d say that was Bates’ frustrations being let out on that one play. You can’t blame him.
It was encouraging to see the defence put a poor opponent in it’s place, which has been missing in the last few years. You can understand struggles against good teams, but quite frequently we’ve been prone to make bad teams/players look all-world. It played with some tenacity and fire and they held the Aggies to just 7 points.
Overall, it was better than I expected. Wallace has a great shot to finish the season as a starter and take that starting job into next season, which would be the first time we’ve had a returning starter at quarterback since 2007. The defence bounced back after a miserable showing against A&M.
Now onto the Bulldogs, a team that only needs to beat us and Ole Miss to secure a place in Atlanta, most likely against Alabama. An upset is unlikely, extremely unlikely, but don’t be surprised to see the players give max effort in this one. One last go in the last SEC home game of the year, to just see what happens. Stranger things have happened.