Now this is what I call cutting edge preparation.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn played the role of mad scientist Saturday, sending out myriad personnel groupings in hopes of confounding Clemson’s defense. He employed three different quarterbacks, switching with reckless abandon and, at times, having all of them on the field at once. Auburn threw deep balls and ran the option. It played in spread formations and, believe it or not, ran a bit of old-school wing-T.
Clemson had answers for everything — even if some of those answers came in an unlikely way.
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables had been “tipped off” — that was the extent of his explanation — that Auburn might run some Wing-T, and he hadn’t the slightest clue on how best to defend an offense rarely employed beyond the high school level. So, a day before the game, Venables sat down at his computer and did what we all might do in such situations.
“I literally Googled, ‘How to stop the wing-T,’” Venables admitted afterward.
Hey, whatever works. And it must have, as Auburn’s running game was limited to 87 yards on 41 carries.