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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halftime: Auburn 17, West Virginia 10

Quick halftime thoughts because I have to get a writin’ here.

The Auburn offense looks a heck of a lot more confident than it has in the past. Kodi Burns has shown a good sense of when to go through his reads and when to tuck it down and run.

That said, the Tigers probably with they got a few more points on the board. This West Virginia offense is explosive. I knew Pat White was this good, but Noel Devine has been very impressive.

The Tigers could have gone for it on fourth down at the West Virginia 48 with about 45 seconds left in the first half. Instead, they called time out and punted. Probably a good decision, considering how quickly the Mountaineers can move the ball.

RB Ben Tate finally got in the game midway through the second quarter. He looks a little slow. That hammy probably isn’t 100 percent.

Some first-half numbers:

Rushing yards: Auburn 100, West Virginia 97

Total rushes: Auburn 29, West Virginia 10

Total offense: Auburn 176, West Virginia 186

Time of possession: Auburn 21:29, West Virginia 8:31

Burns: 8-for-9, 76 yards, 1 TD

Auburn third downs: 7-for-10

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