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Auburn's offense having its way

9/17/2011

CLEMSON, S.C. -- This looks like a carbon copy of the way last season’s game between these two teams started, only in reverse.

Auburn leads Clemson 21-7 in the second quarter after jumping out to a 14-0 lead and has pretty much had its way offensively.

A year ago, Clemson raced out to a 17-0 lead, but Auburn rallied to win in overtime.

Both defenses had experienced their struggles coming into today’s game, but Clemson is the runaway winner for the worst of the two so far.

Auburn has scored on a Mike Dyer 52-yard touchdown run. He wasn’t touched on the play. Barrett Trotter’s 36-yard touchdown pass to Emory Blake came on a fourth-and-5 play.

Auburn’s offensive line has given Trotter plenty of time to throw and is winning the battle up front. On Trotter’s fourth-down touchdown pass, Clemson only rushed four and didn’t get any pressure.

Auburn has kept Clemson’s defense off balance with an array of different looks and formations. Already, we’ve seen direct snaps to Dyer as well as true freshmen Kiehl Frazier and Quan Bray, a pair of reverses and Dyer and Onterio McCalebb lining up in the same backfield.

Auburn’s pace has been blistering, too, and Clemson’s defense looks gassed.