What Gus Malzahn said after Auburn's blowout win over Arkansas
It’s rough to lose before a bye week as the game can hang over a program for two weeks. On Saturday, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn Tigers put the Florida loss behind them and bounced back with a blowout 51-10 win at Arkansas.
Beating the Razorbacks isn’t all that significant in 2019, but Malzahn has plenty to be happy about with a big game against another SEC West rival coming up next Saturday. After the game, Malzahn addressed reporters on hand in Fayetteville. Here are the highlights of what the AU coach said in his postgame press conference, streamed live on WIAT CBS 42:
- Extremely happy to see the team show up for 11 a.m. kickoff.
- Tigers ran the ball and stopped the opponent’s running game, which Malzahn calls “the keys to winning Auburn football games.”
- Auburn has stopped a fake punt in back-to-back games: “That’s a tribute to our special teams and Coach Porter.”
- WR Anthony Schwartz “was able to do everything” on Saturday. The offense made an effort to get the ball to Schwartz and Seth Williams more this week.
- On the missed fourth down: “That was a stupid call to call the same play on that.”
- On LSU game next week: “20 years (since Auburn’s last win in Death Valley) – that’s a long time.” Malzahn said he’ll enjoy the win over Arkansas for now, but will “flip the switch” back in Auburn.
- DE Nick Coe “did not meet our standards in practice this week.” Coe traveled and warmed up, but did not play against Arkansas.