Auburn Offense Thriving on Running Game Entering BCS Championship

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Gus Malzahn's offenses have been built on adaptability and tempo.

No. 2 Auburn's head coach and offensive mastermind has had pass-happy offenses and run-oriented attacks in the system he devised during his days in the Arkansas high school ranks.

Malzahn's offenses have been mostly linked by success. A mid-season switch to a heavier reliance on the run with the zone read helped land the Tigers in Monday's BCS championship game against No. 1 Florida State.

The result is the nation's top rushing team at 335.7 yards per game. Auburn has run on 70.7 percent of its plays, easily the highest level of Malzahn's eight seasons as a college offensive coordinator or head coach.

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says the Tigers simply adjust to fit the personnel.

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