Cox, Tigers Looking for 4th Straight Win

Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox discusses his team's upcoming road trip to Arkansas.

Auburn, Ala.--Brandon Cox remembers in detail his last visit to Fayetteville, Ark., and he has a good reasons for that.

The Auburn senior quarterback made his first Southeastern Conference road start on Oct. 15th, 2005 at Razorback Stadium. He helped his team rally from a 10-6 halftime deficit to win going away as the Tigers posted a 34-17 victory.

Cox contributed to the victory by passing for 203 yards. He hooked up on touchdown passes to wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, tailback Tre Smith and tight end Cooper Wallace and directed an offense that racked up 436 yards that night.

"It was a tough crowd," Cox remembers. "In the SEC, all of the road games are tough. I think that was the turning point of our season that year. We got off to a slow start in the first half and came out and put together a great second half and just went on from there and built on that.

"Hopefully, we will just go in there and do like we did at Florida and get off to a good start so we won't have to play from behind," adds Cox, who led the Tigers on back-to-back touchdown drives to start the Florida game and three straight touchdown drives last week to open the Vandy game.

After starting the season 1-2, Auburn will be going for its fourth straight win on Saturday. The Razorbacks, who bring a 3-2 overall record into the game. are 0-2 in the SEC while Auburn is 2-1 in the league and 4-2 overall.

Brandon Cox has completed better than 70 percent of his passes the last three games vs. New Mexico State, Florida and Vanderbilt.

Despite Auburn's next opponent dropping SEC games to Alabama and Kentucky, Cox says the Razorbacks will offer a major challenge. He says he expects to see an aggressive style of play on defense Saturday night.

"They do the same thing they have been doing," Cox notes. "They never really change anything." The Auburn senior says he expects to see the safeties and linebackers close to the line of scrimmage to make it difficult for the Tigers to run the football.

"They do some things differently from other teams we have seen, moving linebackers around and bringing them up to the line of scrimmage and things like that," Cox says. "They are a typical SEC defense--big, strong, fast and physical so that is the thing the coaches are telling us. They are really physical and you just have to come and be more physical."

Kickoff time is set for shortly after 6:45 p.m. CDT, which is air time for the contest that will be televised by ESPN.

The Tigers are coming off their best offensive performance of the season vs. Vanderbilt after struggling with turnovers and consistency earlier this year.

"Our offense is really coming together," Cox says. "Hopefully, we will get off to another good start like we have the past two weeks."

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