Staff revisits new clock rules

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson have revisted the new clock rules in place this season. (Todd Van Emst/Auburn University)

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson have revisted the new clock rules in place this season. (Todd Van Emst/Auburn University)

AUBURN — The new clock rules in college football have been revisited by Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and his staff since the start of the season. Coming off Saturday’s last-minute 24-20 win over Mississippi State, Auburn could have had its first experience with the new rules if Nick Marshall hadn’t found C.J. Uzomah for the game-winning touchdown with 10 seconds left.

The new rule forbids a team from spiking the ball with less than three seconds to play, allowing only for one offensive play with one or two seconds remaining on the clock. A controversial finish between Arizona State and Wisconsin on Saturday which the Pac-12 has already reprimanded its officials over, further underlines the importance of the end of game clock procedure for a team looking to setup a last-second play.

“We’ve addressed that numerous times in fall camp and periodically since the season started,” Malzahn said. “You’re always trying to play what if in the game situations, to have your guys prepared. We’ve worked extremely hard on those situations, and hopefully when one comes up, we’ll be prepared and it will work out.”