We all remember the play. With about a minute left on the clock, the Auburn Tigers were clinging to a 31-27 lead over the Florida State Seminoles in the BCS National Championship Game. It was right before Jameis Winston hit Rashad Greene for a 49-yard catch and run down to the Auburn 23. The rest, as they say, is history.
Up until that play, it was probably Auburn’s best defensive performance of the season. But then big play reared its ugly head. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson says it has to stop.
“When you look at it, we were No. 1 in the SEC in third-down defense and No. 2 in red zone and I think No. 3 in sacks and not bad in takeaways,” Johnson said. “But on the other end you’re giving up more total yardage and passing yardage and rushing yardage on just inconsistencies. If we were bad at everything, you’d think we didn’t have very good players and we weren’t doing a good job at coaching, but when you have that kind of disparity, the potential has to be there. We’ve got to figure out why it is we’re not making consistent plays. We’re giving up too many explosive plays.”