Malzahn happy with Tigers' play under pressure

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wanted to see how his team handled tough times.

In that regard, especially, Malzahn says his debut as the Tigers' coach was a success. They trailed three times before beating Washington State 31-24 on Saturday night. Malzahn says he "saw our guys hustling on and off the field no matter what the score was. "

That was a big deal for a team trying to rebound from a 3-9 season.

The game also marked the Auburn debut for quarterback Nick Marshall. The Tigers mostly relied on a running game that produced 297 yards, but Marshall didn't turn the ball over.

Malzahn says he "liked the way he handled himself."

Next up is a visit from the coach's former team, Arkansas State.