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Auburn needs its offense to respond

11/26/2011

AUBURN, Ala. -- Onterio McCalebb became the first Auburn player to return a kickoff for a touchdown in the Iron Bowl, but his return won't win the game for the Tigers.

Auburn's defense held Alabama out of the end zone for the second straight series, but even that won't win it for the Tigers.

This team needs to get more from its offense here in the second half if it thinks it has a chance against Alabama.

This game is 27-14 Alabama and while the fans are pumped up after a special teams touchdown and the previous defensive effort, Auburn's offense needs to get pumped up. The Tigers mustered just 31 total yards on 18 plays in the first half. Alabama, on the other hand, had 221 yards and 24 points.

Alabama will score points on this defense, so along with some defensive grit, the Tigers desperately need something to happen on offense.