Tigers tie season-high with four sacks

first_imgAUBURN – Call off the search party, Auburn found pass rush.After failing to register a sack against South Carolina and with just 12 in its first seven games, Auburn finally got pass from its defensive line in Saturday’s win at Ole Miss.The Tigers tied a season-high with four sacks of Bo Wallace, with three coming from the defensive line.“In some ways it was just individuals stepping up their game a little bit,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said. “Other things it was working some personnel in there and trying to get the right combination of guys that can get that speed for a pass rush situation.”Auburn sacked Wallace twice during one three-and-out series late in the first half, the first coming from Angelo Blackson on first down, and linebackers Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost combined for a sack on third-and-11.“Coming into the game our big focus was to get Bo on the ground, to make Bo uncomfortable and I feel like we really succeeded with that,” McKinzy said. “We knew if Bo could stand back there eating a sandwich, we knew we were going to have a bad game. It wasn’t going to be the game that we wanted.”Gimel President brought Wallace down for a loss of nine yards later in the first half for his first career sack.Montravius Adams registered a sack midway through the third quarter.Elijah Daniel and LaDarius Owens were each originally credited with a sack but it was later amended to a rush by Wallace.“We moved Elijah inside and we’ve got (DaVonte Lambert) outside,” Johnson said. “I thought that Gabe (Wright) got better. We rotated him in a little bit and I thought that he was more productive.“We’ve tried to get the best ones with the skill set and the speed to get it done. At times it was hard to sub because of their pace, but when we were able to get them in the game it certainly helped.”To be sure, some of Auburn’s production was due to Ole Miss being without top offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. The Rebels are also 12th in the SEC and 103rd nationally with 23 sacks allowed this season.But for an Auburn defense with just 16 sacks all season, including just 9 1/2 from the defensive line, it was a marked improvement for a group Johnson said looked like a pass skeleton earlier this season.“I’d say we’ve gotten better,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “We felt like we needed to put some pressure on the quarterback to have a chance.”last_img read more

New year brings bone-chilling cold for much of US with no reprieve in sight

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — 2018 has arrived and is off to a bone-chilling start.Just ask the more than 200 million people in the U.S. currently in the grips of a New Year’s Day deep freeze encompassing almost the entire eastern two-thirds of the country. The extreme cold was responsible for at least five deaths, as records fell from the Midwest to the Northeast. In St. Paul, Minnesota, 10 people were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities said a faulty boiler was likely to blame. All 10 were hospitalized in stable condition, according to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV. There were wind-chill alerts in effect from Texas to Maine today, with life-threatening wind chills felt from the upper Midwest to northern New England. Firefighters battled a house fire in Lincoln, Nebraska, in minus 10 degrees as their hoses sprayed water that quickly turned to ice. And in Washington, D.C., firefighters had to use flares to thaw frozen ladders as they tried to tame a two-alarm blaze. In Chicago, today felt like it was below zero throughout the day and wind chills stuck in the single digits in New York City. In New York City, the air temperature was 9 degrees at midnight for the ball drop — making it the second-coldest on record and the coldest New Year’s celebration in a century. Wind chills dipped below zero much of the night. The Deep South has not been spared from the freezing conditions. Temperatures dropped into the teens this morning, making cities like Jackson, Mississippi, feel like they were in the single digits around sunrise. There were also icy roads in Dallas, Texas, in the last 24 hours and this morning it felt like the temperatures were in the teens in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will be another frigid morning across much of the country Tuesday, with temperatures feeling like it’s below zero once again from the Midwest to New England. There will be single-digit wind chills from Denver, Colorado, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and New York City. And the Southern states will be the same — from Dallas, Texas, and New Orleans to Tallahassee, Florida, residents will also feel like temperatures are in the teens early Tuesday morning. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more