Needing a TD late in the fourth quarter with 8 minutes left, Auburn opted for the following play sequence. 1st-10, UGa28 6:08 B. Tate rushed to the right for 3 yard gain 2nd-7, UGa25 5:41 B. Tate rushed up the middle for 4 yard gain 3rd-3, UGa21 5:12 B. Tate rushed to the left for no gain 4th-3, UGa21 4:13 K. Burns incomplete pass to the right Two cardinal sins in one series occurred here. First, the hot hand, Mario Fannin, who rushed for 107 yards and had 2 TDs on the day, sat on the bench for the final drive. Why? The math-deficient answer from Tommy Tuberville: "Ben was running the ball pretty good," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said afterward.Tate, for the record, finished with a whopping 37 yards on 14 carries. And, yeah, Auburn lost. In firing Franklin, Tuberville assigned him the blame for a disappointing season. But in assuming most of Franklin's duties himself, Tuberville hasn't been able to show that he's been able to do any better without him.
Auburn's struggles on the offensive side of the ball this season have been well-documented, but then head coach fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and everyone seemed to shut up about it. And this happened despite the fact that Auburn (5-6, 2-5 in the SEC) still can't move the ball when they need to. From The Sporting Blog: