The Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers are providing a lot of excitement so far early on this Saturday afternoon. At the half, the ninth-ranked Tigers are leading the Vols at the half, 34-20.
Most of the game, though, has been a nice back-and-forth with the 4-5 Volunteers refusing to give up. For the most part, they’ve been able to answer Auburn back.
But, the Tennessee defense is just having themselves a hell of a time trying to stop Auburn’s dynamic quarterback, Nick Marshall.
They’ve particularly had issues with stopping him on the ground.
Through one half, Marshall has only thrown the ball five times for 35 yards. But rushing it? That’s a different story altogether.
Marshall has 164 yards on the ground so far on just eight carries with two touchdowns. Tennessee is having a hard time trying to figure out how to defend Gus Malzahn’s spread-option attack, clearly.
They might want to figure something out, though, because Marshall is on his way to doing something to the Tennessee defense that hasn’t been done before:
The all-time single game rushing record against UT by one player is 217 yards. Nick Marshall has 164 yards in the first half.
— Daniel Lewis (@DanielNooga) November 9, 2013
If he plays anything like he has in the first half, this record is absolutely attainable for the Tigers’ signal caller.