Gus Malzahn explains how Florida's substitution strategy affected Auburn's timing
As Auburn’s offense tried to find a rhythm and move quickly down the field, Florida’s defense pulled off an interesting strategy that was noticed by Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.
Florida was “taking their time” substituting on defense, which resulted in some close play-clock situations for Auburn, Malzahn told reporters, including Justin Ferguson, following the 24-13 loss to the Gators.
“We had a couple of check plays that we need to eliminate moving forward and just snap the ball,” Malzahn said, and noted that Florida smartly substituted slowly on defense, which really pushed Auburn up against the play clock.
Malzahn referred to the pace in a halftime radio interview, when he said the offense needed to find “some pace so we have a chance to get some rhythm.”
Auburn’s offense struggled for much of the game, and was just 2-for-14 on third down conversions. The Tigers had 34 carries for 124 rushing yards, and QB Bo Nix was just 11-for-27 passing for 145 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions.
Florida held an edge in time of possession 33:41 to 26:19.