Auburn Football: Players of the Game vs Kansas State

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Sep 18, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn questions a call during a 20-14 win against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Frost

Frost’s season did not get off to a great start. He failed to record a tackle against Arkansas in the season opener, and just didn’t look comfortable early against the Razorbacks. However, since then, he has been the best Auburn linebacker and the team’s best pass rusher.

Against Kansas State, Kris Frost had six total tackles, five of which were solo, two sacks and a forced fumble. The sacks were especially timely for the Auburn defense.

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  • The first occurred late in the second quarter. With 0:22 left in the half and the Wildcats at the 13-yard line, the Wildcats were easily within field goal range and had designs of scoring a touchdown to retake the lead. Instead, Frost hit Jake Waters and forced a fumble that pushed the offense back 12 yards. The Tigers couldn’t recover, but Jack Cantele was forced to attempt a 42-yard field goal, which he promptly missed.

    Then, in the fourth quarter, Frost sacked Waters again. It was a 1st-and-10 play with 13:09 left in the game and Auburn clinging to a 17-7 lead. The Wildcats lost five yards and decided to go to the air on second down. Trovon Reed made an acrobatic interception on the very next snap, which set up Auburn’s final score of the game: a Daniel Carlson 25-yard field goal.

    Frost, like the rest of the Tigers’ defense, also played well against the run. K-State had only 40 rushing yards on 30 carries Thursday night.

    “Our defense really just did a super job,” Gus Malzahn said following the game. “I think we held them to 40 yards rushing, that was big. Forcing some turnovers in the red zone, I thought that was huge… Our guys found a way to win.”