Freeman "Disappointed"... Plus Notes

Eltoro Freeman talks about the crushing loss to Georgia, plus notes from the Auburn versus Georgia game are featured.

Athens, Ga. – It's hard to find words to fully explain the beat down that Georgia handed Auburn in Sanford Stadium on Saturday. One word to sum it up mildly for Eltoro Freeman and the Auburn defense would be "disappointed."

"Everybody is disappointed right now," Freeman said after the 45-7 loss. "Everybody is disappointed, but we definitely will bounce back. For right now we're disappointed."

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray carved up the Auburn defense in the first half as the Bulldogs claimed a 35-7 halftime lead. In the second half Isaiah Crowell and Carlton Thomas gashed the Tigers on ground to run out the clock and to further dominate the Auburn defense.

Asked what head coach Gene Chizik's words for the team were following the game, Freeman responded, "He was disappointed. He thought we were ready to place. We all thought we were ready to play, and we were ready to play. We've got to eliminate the big plays. They keep biting us, especially on the road. And in any game they keep biting us in third down situations. I thought we were prepared as a defense, and to see what we put out today is very disappointing."

Murray finished 14-18 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns. He only threw twice in the second half. Georgia had 304 yards rushing, 194 of which came after halftime.

"We weren't necessarily off balance," Freeman said. "We just have to make plays. When they throw a deep ball we've got to make a pick. When they run the ball we've got to make the tackle. It's as simple as that."

If there was a bright spot for Auburn, perhaps it was Freeman or at time Corey Lemonier. Freeman finished with five solo tackles, three assists, 1.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, had a pair of fumble recoveries and was credited with a forced fumble. However, it's common to rack up lots of defensive numbers when the unit is on the field for more than 40 minutes in the ball game.

Freeman played most of the game at middle linebacker with Jake Holland still battling multiple injuries and not playing until late in the contest.

"I feel like I was productive, but I don't know," Freeman noted. "It's frustrating to see us go out like that, but we'll bounce back. We'll get it fixed."

The Auburn defense was coming off a bye week, and prior to that a solid 2nd half of football against Ole Miss.

"Preparation was great," Freeman said. "I was overdosed. I was confident coming into this game. I think we all were, but to see the outcome is really disappointing."

Auburn will play Samford for Homecoming next Saturday at Noon.

"You don't sit back and let the loss beat you the next game," Freeman said. "That's what we definitely don't want us to let happen. We'll come together as a team, get things fixed and play better."

News and Notes…

* The loss to Georgia was Auburn's worst loss since a 51-10 defeat to Florida in 1996. Florida won the national championship that season. The Gators had Heisman Trophy quarterback Danny Wuerffel along with receivers Ike Hilliard and Reidel Anthony, who were chosen seventh and 16th overall respectively in the next year's draft.

* Isaiah Crowell ran for 132 yards on 24 carries and Carlton Thomas ran for 127 yards on 15 carries. It was the second time this season Auburn has allowed two runners to top the 100-yard barrier. Vick Ballard and Chris Relf also did it for Mississippi State in game two of the season.

* Michael Dyer had six carries for four yards by halftime. However, on the first play of the second half he went off right tackle for 17 yards to go over 1,000 yards. He finished the game with 13 carries for 48 yards, and now has 1,037 yards in his sophomore campaign. Last season he ran for an Auburn freshman record of 1,093.

* Sophomore Corey Lemonier forced a pair of sack-fumbles on Aaron Murray. He now has 12.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and four forced fumble after a slow start to the season.

* The last time an Auburn player forced two fumbles in a game prior to Lemonier was Quentin Groves at Alabama on John Parker Wilson in 2006. The last time an Auburn player recovered two fumbles in a game prior to Eltoro Freeman against Georgia was Sen'Derrick Marks, also versus Alabama in 2006.

* Auburn captains for the game were Brandon Mosley, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Nosa Eguae and Josh Harris. Onterio McCalebb and Neiko Thorpe were also out for the coin toss, a step back from the other four.

* Safety Ryan Smith, linebacker Jawara White and defensive tackle Gabe Wright got the start on defense for the Tigers.

* Clint Moseley threw his second pick-six of the year in the second quarter to give Georgia a 28-7 lead. The pass was intended for Jay Wisner on a curl route, but picked off by Bacarri Rambo and returned 24 yards for the score. Moseley's other pick-six was against LSU, returned 28 yards by Ron Brooks.

* Auburn head coach Gene Chizik did not give any noteworthy comment on T'Sharvan Bell's leg injury. Bell limped off the field after the game on crutches.

* Auburn hasn't lost back-to-back games since Georgia and Alabama in 2009. The Tigers have won all three contests this year coming off a loss.

* Gene Chizik is 1-2 coming off a bye week at Auburn. The Tigers lost 26-21 to Alabama in 2009, beat Alabama 28-27 in 2010 and lost to Georgia 45-7 in 2011.

* Attrition from prior signing classes, youth and injuries have obviously been plaguing Auburn. Here's a count of scholarship players by class who weren't former walk-ons who played against Georgia…
Seniors – 5
Juniors – 10
Sophomores – 15
Freshmen - 21

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