"It was very frustrating to get those penalties on third down, or whatever down they were, that allowed Kentucky's offense to stay out on the field," Etheridge said following his team's 37-34 victory over Kentucky.
"When you get a call against you that is iffy, there is nothing you can do about it," he said. "You just have to go back out there and try to make the next play."
Etheridge said it was a disappointing night for the defense, which struggled to defend Kentucky's quick passing game. He said the Tigers will have to get back to work and prepare to play better in game seven with talented QB Ryan Mallett coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium with his Arkansas team next Saturday.
However, the senior was smiling when he talked about his team staying unbeaten. Etheridge said he particularly enjoyed watching the offense take care of business with the 19-play drive to win the game. "Give a lot of credit to Cam (Cameron Newton) and a lot of credit to the offensive line," Etheridge said. "Those guys did a great job."
In other news and notes:
*Newton had his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and the junior tied Phil Gargis (1976 vs. FSU) for the most touchdowns in a game by an Auburn quarterback with his scoring runs of 16, eight, five and three yards.
*Newton has been involved with 21 touchdowns in six games, which ranks eighth in single-season Auburn history. He has rushed for 12 scores and passed for nine.
"I was just trying to do my part to get a win on the road in the SEC whether it was throwing a pass or handing the football off," Newton said. "That's my job to be dominant and I gave it my all every single play."
*UK coach Joker Phillips said he never considered letting Auburn score on its final drive as Auburn was chewing up the clock holding the ball for the game's final seven minutes of 22 seconds before winning on a Wes Byrum field goal.
"No, no," Phillips said. "Anything can happen. I mean we were playing for the turnover. That is what we were playing for. We are not going to let them score."