"In practice we have had a whole different demeanor and it has carried over to the games," Lemonier said after his Tigers fell 38-14 to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night.
"We had two plays that we wish we could take back, but that happens,"?he said. "They made a good call."
One of those plays was a 92-yard run by Joe Adams that put the home team up 28-14 in the third quarter. "I will take the blame on that play because that was my gap and that is where he ran the ball," Lemonier said. "That was a play I should have made."
Lemonier said that play, the second longest run for a TD in Razorback history, didn't discourage the defense. "We just kept stopping them and stopping them," he said. The remaining 10 points the Razorbacks scored were set up by a pair of interceptions thrown by Kiehl Frazier.
Asked what the defense was doing well, Lemonier said, "We had great calls from Coach (Ted) Roof and we were executing them. He added, "We just have to keep building on this."
The sophomore, one of the more experienced players on the defense, said that he can see the freshmen on the team stepping up and playing better, a trend he predicts will continue as the Tigers now move into the second half of their season.
"We have got to go home, get our heads right and we want to go back and win for our home crowd," he said of the Tigers who will play Florida next at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
In other news and notes:
•The loss ended Auburn's 11-game winning streak vs. SEC teams. It also broke Auburn's five-game road winning streak.
•Arkansas improved its record to 3-1 in home games vs. defending national champions. The last such win was vs. Tennessee in 1999.
•Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson completed 19 consecutive passes during a stretch from the first quarter to the third quarter, the third longest such streak in SEC history.
•The crowd of 74,191 was the seventh largest in Reynolds-Razorback Stadium history. Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said he thought the fans played a major role in the game by energizing his football team.
•Auburn's record fell to 11-9-1 all-time vs. Arkansas with the loss. Auburn is 5-4 in games played in Fayetteville.
•Auburn rushed for 291 yards, including a first quarter season high of 141 yards, which is also the most yardage the Tigers have rushed for in any quarter this season.
•Michael Dyer's 55-yard TD run was a career longest and his third run of 50-yards or more this season. He topped the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season and eighth time of his college career.
• With 112 rushing yards, Dyer now has 1,772 for his career, moving him into 17th all-time at Auburn as he passed Tommie Agee (1,735), Jimmy Sidle (1,703), Brad Lester (1,689) and Joe Childress (1,667).
•Kiehl Frazier's seven-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his first as a collegian. He also had his first college pass completion, a 14-yarder to Onterio McCalebb.
•Travante Stallworth's 44-yard catch in the third quarter on a flea flicker play was his career longest.