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Red Wolves fell to Toledo Rocket : A-State will turn attention to SEC West foe Auburn

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Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016 4:48 pm

After a disappointing 31-10 setback to Toledo in front of the home fans, the Red Wolves football team will turn their attention to a Sept 10 game vs. Auburn in the plains.

The Red Wolves netted just 266 total yards compared to Toledo’s 556, and did not score an offensive touchdown on Friday night at Centennial Bank Stadium.

“It was a rough night and not how we wanted to start,” A-State head coach Blake Anderson said. “We didn’t respond well and a really good football team beat us. We have a lot of work to do in a very short period of time to get ready for a really good opponent next week. We’ve got to get some things ironed out.”

A-State will now face off against SEC West opponent, Auburn, on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Tigers played host to Clemson in week one, and took the #2 team in the country to the wire, losing 19-13.

Auburn is led by Sean White at quarterback, but, much like A-State, Auburn rotates quarterbacks.

White finished the Clemson game 10-21 with 140 yards and one interception.

“Sean White started, so that was the No. 1 quarterback out there first,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said, “but we played all three and we may continue to do that. We’ll see how each game goes and we’ll see how everything turns out.”

The Tigers will also throw a balanced rushing attack at A-State. Running back Kerryon Johsnon rushed for 94 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Clemson.

On the other side of the ball, Auburn is led by experienced and explosive defenders up front, in Carl Lawson and Martavious Adams.

The Tiger defense held Clemson to just 5.1 yards per play and held Heisman contender DeShaun Watson to 248 yards passing and one interception.

“The task gets even tougher this week, physically,” Anderson said. “We’re gonna have a lot of matchup issues with these guys. They’re big, and you could see that when they played Clemson. We’re not gonna have any mismatches in our favor, so we have to play perfect football.”

A-State will look to get their offense rolling after struggling on Friday night. The Red Wolves went 3 for 16 on third down conversions and quarterback Chad Voytik went 11-24 with 124 passing yards and three sacks.

Voytik and center Devin Mondie had trouble snapping the ball all night.

“Offensively, we couldn’t execute a simple snap. We had eight plays that were derailed because we were not able to get the snap to the quarterback in a way that he could do what he was supposed to do.”

Defensively, A-State was able to stop the run all night, but could not defend the pass.

The Red Wolves held Toldeo’s Kareem Hunt to just 78 yards on 17 carries. Toldeo quarterback Logan Woodside threw all over the Red Wolves for 371 yards and three touchdowns.

Looking Ahead

A-State will go into this weekend’s contest without the services of running back Johnston White, who injured his hamstring in the loss to Toledo.

While White will be out, one thing on the depth chart is certain, and that is the starting quarterback. Voytik will again get the start at quarterback.

“We need some continuity, that’s the biggest thing,” A-State offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner said. “We have a bunch of guys who have never played football together, and that was pretty evident the other night. We have to establish continuity and it starts at that position.“

The Red Wolves will square off with Auburn Saturday night and look to get to .500 on the season. Kickoff is at 6:30 at Jordan Hare Stadium, and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.

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