【AL】 T.J. Finley’s not-so-subtle retweet offers explanation into Auburn’s passing-game woes – Alabama News

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There’s plenty to be critical of and unpack from Auburn’s 41-12 loss to Penn State on Saturday.

Auburn quarterback T.J. Finley was 11 of 19 passing for 152 passing yards, an interception and a lost fumble before being replaced in the second half by Robby Ashford.

The benching certainly was a main topic of conversation in the aftermath of the loss.

On Tuesday, Finley retweeted the CFB Film Room’s interesting statistic.

“Auburn QBs were pressured on 61.8 percent of their dropbacks vs. Penn State, the 4th highest pressure rate allowed by an SEC team over the last five season,” the tweet reads.

T.J. Finley tweet

Auburn’s T.J. Finely retweeted some numbers that show quarterback play against Penn State wasn’t just impacted by the quarterback. (Twitter)

You can’t help but think Finley’s retweet was a not-so-subtle attempt at an explanation that the passing woes are not solely on him. In fact, the insinuation is he is calling out the offensive line.

“We went three-and-out on that (first) drive (of the second half) there, and that was one that hurt us, just from a momentum standpoint,” Auburn coach Bryan Harsin told reporters after the game. “But even at that point, the score (14-6) is not out of hand. It comes back to us executing, but the decision for that was not necessarily off of, you know, him not being able to go. T.J.’s a tough guy. He showed toughness tonight, too, and we felt like Robby had some plays in there and that he could get some things going, and he did.”

Ashford, from a statistical standpoint, didn’t fare much better, though, he did have the touchdown pass. Ashford finished the game 10-of-19 for 144 yards, the score and an interception.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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