AUBURN — The No. 21/19 Auburn football team went through a two-hour practice Tuesday evening as the Tigers prepared for the their first road game of the 2011 season this Saturday in Clemson, S.C.
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn characterized the practice as physical and said he came away pleased with the effort he saw from the Tigers.
"We had another hard, physical practice," Malzahn said. "We really stressed that mentality. I thought our focus was good and for the most part, I was pleased."
Auburn is preparing for a Clemson defense that has forced four turnovers in its first two games with two fumbles and two interceptions. Clemson's defense has allowed just nine points combined in the second half of its two games.
"They (defense) are extremely talented," Malzahn said. "That group last year played such a physical game and they whipped us. We had some big plays but we didn't earn much against them. We've got our work cut out for us and we know we are going to get their best shot."
Auburn and Clemson kickoff at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Sept. 17, from Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by ABC.
It is Auburn's first visit to Clemson since the 1970 season. Auburn's last two games against Clemson have each been overtime contests decided on the final play of the game. Auburn won, 27-24, last season on a missed field goal in overtime, and in 2007 on a game-ending touchdown run in overtime by Kodi Burns in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Auburn won that game 23-20.