October 23, 2008

Burns steps up his play in loss

When you give up 31 unanswered points and lose 34-17 on national T.V., it's hard to come away with a lot of positives.

But for Auburn, and it's struggling offense, quarterback Kodi Burns turned in his best-ever performance, giving something to build on as the Tigers go back to work next week.

"I thought Kodi did a lot better," Tuberville said. "The key for Kodi in what he is going to do for Auburn the next few years is he is going to give you that extra run down the field and that extra guy.

"We played with a lot of passion the first half and Kodi was a part of that because he was making plays in there. Then, we kind of hit that lull."

Burns finished the game 13-of-21 for 11 yards with a touchdown and an interception on the last play of the game. He also rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts.

"I definitely thought Kodi played a whale of a game," tight end Tommy Trott said. "He really ignited our offense. He made some plays with his feet and made some good throws too. He looked comfortable back there. He was sharp."

Burns was especially sharp in the first half when he completed 8-of-9 passes for 76 yards including a 16-yard TD pass to Brad Lester on a screen. He also rushed for 45 yards on seven carries including a 9-yard TD in the first two quarters.

"It looked real good in the first half," Burns said. "We came out with fire in our eyes and intense and we did some really good things in the first half and obviously we fell short in the second half and we lost so we really have to get a lot better finishing ball games."

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