Bynes, Tigers Look to Force More Turnovers

The numbers indicate that Auburn is not doing a good job in taking the football away from their opponents as the football Tigers head into game five.

Auburn, Ala.--Going into game four vs. South Carolina, the Auburn defense had only come up with two turnovers.

Both of those happened in the Mississippi State game. The first was an intercepted pass by defensive tackle Nick Fairley and the second was a fumble recovery by Fairley.

In a battle of nationally ranked teams at Jordan-Hare Stadium in game three, Auburn's defense forced two fumbles in the second half and intercepted two passes in a 35-27 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Senior linebacker Josh Bynes says that defensive coordinator Ted Roof has been working with the Tiger defense to make more big plays happen.

"We knew we had to create turnovers and that's what we did," Bynes says. "We did a good job getting hits on the quarterback. We are going to be aggressive going after the quarterback and every moment we can we're going to hit him.

"I think we are doing a great job defensively, we've just got to get the little mistakes taken care of and that will make us even better," Bynes says. "We made some mistakes in the first half. Our mindset was how we were going to come out and play in the second half. We wanted to come out just like we did the last week (Clemson). We've been there before and understand what was going on.

"We knew what adjustments we needed to make," Bynes says. "Coaches didn't have to say anything. We knew what we had to do to win the game. We went out and did it."

Although the Tigers finished plus two in the South Carolina game, turnover margin is still a big issue for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. Auburn is ranked 11th in the SEC and 105th nationally in turnover margin at minus 1.33 per contest. Florida leads the SEC and is second nationally at plus 2.33

Bynes personally had a hand in helping the Tigers improve their turnover margin numbers with an interception in the fourth quarter.

"I saw out of the corner of my eye what play was coming," he says. "I just kept dropping back into coverage. I knew the ball was coming my way. I was thinking just keep getting back. It came right to me. I wanted to run, but the guy tackled me as soon as I got the ball. It doesn't matter if I picked up some yardage because our offense got the ball."

Bynes was a big part of helping hold South Carolina freshman star tailback Marcus Lattimore to just 33 yards vs. the Tigers. "We knew Lattimore is a good running back," he says. "We stopped him and they had to go one dimensional passing the ball."

The next chance for Bynes and his teammates to come up with more turnovers is Saturday morning when the Tigers take on the Warhawks of Louisiana-Monroe at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CDT with TV coverage on ESPNU.



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