Malzahn, Moseley Discuss AU's Loss to LSU

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and quarterback Clint Moseley discuss the QB's first college start.

Baton Rouge, La.--With first-time starter Clint Moseley under relentless pressure from the LSU defense, the Auburn offense never got cranked up Saturday as the No. 1 Bayou Bengals handed the Tigers a 45–10 whooping.

Moseley, who was sacked six times in the game for a loss of 56 yards, completed 12 of his 20 passes for 145 yards, but also threw one interception, a pass which was returned 28 yards for a touchdown by LSU cornerback Ron Brooks to give the Bayou Bengals a 42–3 lead late in the third quarter.

"They harassed him pretty good," said offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. "I know he'd like to have that one back--you know, the pick six. He did some good things, but he was under some pressure a lot of the times.

"You've got to protect the football--that's the bottom line--and throw the ball away, but at times he couldn't do either," added the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

The sacks by the LSU defense were costly for the Auburn Tigers, who had a second and goal from the Bayou Bengals' nine-yard line turn into a fourth-and-goal from the 26 after Moseley was sacked on second and third down for losses of 15 and seven yards, respectively.

Moseley said he had never been under that much pressure before, but he wasn't making any excuses for his play or the pick six he threw.

"I will never blame it on the pressure," Moseley said. "That's just something that you have to handle playing quarterback. But at the same, the hits, they do add up, but there's no one to blame but myself on that one.

"I'm going to do the best I can to get that corrected," he added. "It's a first start--you can use that excuse if you want to, but that doesn't work with me. That doesn't make me feel any better."

Moseley said that he didn't see anything positive that the Tigers can bring from what he called a tough loss.

"Losing is just not acceptable here, it's just not an option," said the redshirt sophomore from Leroy, Ala. "To lose that bad, it's embarrassing. We let ourselves down, we let the fans down. It was just an overall team loss. We've just got to get better."

Auburn once again rotated quarterback Kiehl Frazier into the game in an attempt to spark the running attack, but the true freshman was stymied for most of the night, finishing with 31 yards on nine carries.

"I didn't really break free," Frazier said of his performance. "There were probably some holes there that I missed. I was kind of bottled up today, but hopefully we can get that fixed in practice this week."

The Tigers rushed the ball 34 times, but only managed 87 yards on the ground. Onterio McCalebb averaged 10.7 yards a carry, but managed only 32 yards rushing with only three carries for the game.

"You have to give LSU credit," Malzahn said. "They're one of the best defenses in America. They made us look very bad at times, but the bottom line is we've got to improve, and we will do that next week."

Frazier, who was 2-4 passing for 16 yards, said there are lessons to learn from the loss to LSU. "You see where you need to be because they're at the top right now," he said. "That's where we want to be, that's where we need to be. So we see how far we've got to go."

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