Bryan Harsin explains decision to bench Bo Nix for TJ Finley
Auburn beat Georgia State 34-24 on Saturday afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but don’t let that final score fool you.
The Tigers needed a miracle from backup QB TJ Finley with under a minute left to play in order to pull off the come-from-behind victory over the Panthers.
Finley took over in the second half for starter Bo Nix, who struggled leading the offense. After the game, coach Bryan Harsin explained to the SEC Network the decision to switch quarterbacks:
“Just thinking we needed some momentum,” Harsin said. “It really wasn’t just him, but just trying to find something on the offensive side. We did some things out of character and we overcame it. But really it was just about giving TJ an opportunity to go in there and create something, and he was able to do that and I’m proud of him for that. He works hard, too. Bo’s played hard. Bo’s done a good job for us. So from that standpoint, there’s no issues that way. We needed something to happen in this game and we needed to make a change and we did.”
He complimented Finley for making a nice fourth-down play when the Tigers needed him the most:
“He did a great job,” he said. “That last play was one where everybody was on the edge of their seats. He made a great play.”
Auburn heads to LSU next weekend to take on Finley’s old team. Will he get the start, or will Harsin stick with Nix? That will be a storyline all week.