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No Labor Day Break for Auburn from Auburn Media Relations

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The Labor Day holiday provided the Auburn football team a change from its normal game-week preparations, as the Tigers took Sunday off and returned to the practice fields Monday afternoon.

Two days removed from its season opening win and having had the opportunity to watch game film of its 23-13 come-from-behind victory, the Auburn coaching staff reflected on the victory over Kansas State.

“Whenever you win, you did something right,†defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. “I thought that other than the first drive (by Kansas State), we did much better on third down and that’s always a key to getting off the field. We had five three and outs, and played well in the red zone-other than the one trick play that they hit on us. We had great effort and the kids competed and that is going to win football games. On the negative side, we had 15 missed tackles and missed some plays in space. That was real disappointing, but it’s all correctable.â€Â

Auburn’s win Saturday saw the Tigers score 14 points in 50 seconds, including a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Cox to tight end Gabe McKenzie and an Antonio Coleman 34-yard fumble return for a score after a Quentin Groves sack.

“We didn’t really play as a team offensively very well,†offensive coordinator Al Borges said. “There were a lot of plays with 9 or 10 guys doing it right, and one breakdown, causing the result of the play to be negative. We had some opportunities, too. After watching the film, I’m convinced that if we would have been a little better executing, we could have scored some more points. We had some chances, no questions about it, but we’re just not real well oiled. Against a pressure team like that, if you don’t take care of your business, they’re going to hit your quarterback.â€Â

Monday’s practice consisted of 15 periods of individual drills, special teams and work against the scout team, as the squad began its game-week preparations for Saturday’s home contest against South Florida.

Saturday’s game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Tigers and the Bulls. South Florida was also victorious in its 2007 debut, defeating Elon, 28-13. South Florida finished with a 9-4 mark in 2006.

Meanwhile, senior defensive end Quentin groves was named the SEC's defensive lineman of the week on Monday. Groves had five tackles and a pair of sacks against Kansas State last Saturday. The final sack resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Auburn and returned for the game's final score.

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