Auburn, Ala.--Kody Bliss said that he didn’t feel like he was punting the ball particularly well in warmup. Little did he know after four physical of quarters of football the senior from Brentwood, Tenn., would have just finished one of the masterpiece punting performances in Auburn football history.
In a defensive struggle as Auburn held off LSU 7-3, Bliss was a major reason for the AU win. He punted ball six times for an average of 48.2 yards to help the home team win the field position battle. Auburn’s net punting was a very impressive 45.0.
In a game featuring such evenly matched teams, Vaughn’s performance was vital, Auburn’s head coach noted.
“I have never seen a punter change field position like that,” Auburn head coach Tuberville said. “He did just an unbelievable job.”
Bliss was beaming after the game and he should have been. “In warmups I was hitting the ball decent, but nothing like what happened out there. Once we got out there and got a couple real good punts under me they just rolled off.”
Bliss said he was his best performance ever. “That was the game of games for a punter,” he noted. “Every situation, every punt was exactly what you want.”
“The defense took advantage of that,” he added. “Holding such a good offense to just three points is a huge testament to our field position, our defense, our punt coverage, everything.
“This was definitely one of those old school defense vs. defense battles. Luckily our defense turned out a little stronger.”
Kody Bliss takes a break after booming a punter for the Tigers.
Bliss, who came to Auburn from Brentwood Academy with John Vaughn four years ago, said it was tough to watch the field goal kicker have another miss vs. LSU after missing five last season.
“You definitely wanted to see him make it,” Bliss said. “I am very glad we were able to still get to where it didn’t matter. I don’t think it was a pressure thing. I think he just mis-hit it.
“I think it was a sucky coincidence it happened against the same team. I told him in the locker room that we never have to play them again. You are done with them. Get over it.”
The Tigers will be back on the practice field on Sunday as a 3-0 team as they prepare for a non-conference game next Saturday vs. Buffalo.
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