Rushing offense — D
Tre Mason battled for some tough yards and cracked the 1,000-yard barrier for the season on the game’s final play. Mason did have a big fumble in the second quarter after the Tigers’ offense began to show a little life. Jonathan Wallace scrambled and ran the read option a few occasions for positive yards. Mason finished with 82 yards on 21 carries and the Tigers averaged 2.9 yards per attempt.
Rushing defense — F
Auburn did a fairly decent job against Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon in the first quarter. Then, the second quarter
began and Lacy’s broke a 32-yarder and Yeldon popped off a 19-yarder. Lacy
headed ended the game with 131 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Alabama averaged nearly six yards per carry with 267 yards on 47 attempts. Kenyan Drake picked up 67 yards on 10 carries in mop-up duty.
Passing offense — F
Jonathon Wallace kept his composure under adverse circumstances. His first-half interception to Robert Lester was set up by the tip drill by Auburn’s receiver. Wallace connected on back-to-back plays to Emory Blake for 16 and 17 yards in the first half to get Auburn into Alabama territory and that was the team’s highlight through the air. Several times Wallace put himself in position for completions downfield, but missed on several throws that could have moved the chains.
Passing defense — F
The best Auburn looked was on the first series before a personal foul and a pass interference contributed to Alabama’s game-opening touchdown drive. The Tigers had no answer for guarding, or attempting to guard, Amari Cooper. The freshman caught five passes for 109 yards and 37-yard and 29-yard touchdowns in the first half. It looked like Alabama could go at whoever was guarding Cooper.
Special teams — D
There was little room to run on any of Auburn’s multiple kick returns. Punter Steven Clark wasn’t at his best. His first effort was a 35-yarder into the wind. The second was a 30-yarder that was at least downed at the 11-yard line. Then, with the wind at this back his next boot was only 34 yards. … You can’t go through every punt, but … needless to say there were a lot of them (seven for a 34.6 yard average).
Coaching — F
Auburn was faced with a fourth-and-five from Alabama’s 41-yard line and coach Gene Chizik chose not to go for it. Maybe he needed a little reality check, but when you are down 14-0 to the nation’s second-ranked team make a note to self that you are not going to get many chances inside Alabama territory. That was the last time, Auburn crossed midfield. The coaching staff has not been known to be on top of things this season.
Overall — F
It’s the end to Auburn’s worst season in half a century. No conference wins. The Tigers weren’t competitive in a league game the final two months of the season. Alabama looks so light years ahead of Auburn that maybe the school should seek a demotion to the Sun Belt. Scratch that. Auburn would have struggled to finish in the top half of the Sun Belt this season. There has to be plenty of changes.