Minnesota Wins Outback Bowl Over Auburn 31-24: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

Minnesota Wins Outback Bowl Over Auburn 31-24: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

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Minnesota Wins Outback Bowl Over Auburn 31-24: Reaction, Analysis, 5 Thoughts

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3. What the heck happened to the Auburn offense?

This wasn’t the high-flying Auburn offense of past Gus Malzahn teams, but it was a whole lot stronger than last year’s dud. But that O blew up in the bowl win over Purdue.

This year, Auburn played well within the system that won games with a great defense, and overcame a solid-but-inconsistent freshman quarterback. The team ran a whole lot stronger than it did in 2018, the passing game was good enough when it had to be, and …

It all fell flat against the Gophers.

Bo Nix had a nice game, He completed 17-of-26 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, but there were only two decent downfield plays, and the running game went nowhere. Nix came up with the team’s biggest run – just 16 yards – and the running backs were swallowed up. Auburn averaged just 2.2 yards per carry, and it couldn’t move the chains.

A Gus Malzahn offense got doubled up by Minnesota. The Gophers came up with 494 yards, Auburn 232, and …

NEXT: Auburn’s great defensive line just got beaten up

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