The real world is an ugly place that's difficult to understand.
So we construct narratives to help us. We create good guys and bad guys. The white hats and the black hats. One side is virtuous, the other deplorable. It helps us move through the gritty, difficult reality we face every day. Truth is less clear based on our preconceived notions, which we abandon but reluctantly.
So when I talk about how K-State played in this game, don't equate it with looking for a moral victory. It's not looking for a win that the final score doesn't justify. It's pointing out the reality of the game played on the field.
Auburn won the game last night, and deservedly so. Gus Malzahn is a fantastic coach, with good players at the skill positions and a solid offensive line. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has a fantastic defensive line, along with size and speed at every other position. Auburn plays aggressively, betting they can make a play before you beat their aggression for a big play of your own.
Last year, Auburn finished 8-1 against SEC competition and played Florida State for the national title. In those 10 games, here were Auburn's offensive statistics:
- Average Passing Yards: 174.9
- Average Rushing Yards: 306.7
- Average Total Yards: 481.6
In case you had forgotten, here are Auburn's stats against K-State last night:
- Passing Yards: 231
- Rushing Yards: 128
- Total Yards: 359