By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is sticking up for his quarterback.
Malzahn blames execution issues not Nick Marshall for the fifth-ranked Tigers' least productive offensive performance of his 17-game tenure.
Malzahn says the bottom line about Marshall is that he wins games. He says, "If you compare him to all the other quarterbacks around the country when the game's on the line we got the best guy."
The Tigers' 359 total yards marked the fewest Auburn has produced under Malzahn. Marshall entered the season on many short lists of potential Heisman Trophy candidates after leading the Tigers to the national title game.
He passed for 231 yards and rushed for 46 but threw an interception and had several passes deflected at the line.