Sullen and O-Line Not Physical Enough

John Sullen talks about what went wrong for the Tigers offensively against Georgia.

Athens, Ga. – Auburn's not hiding from the facts following the 45-7 loss at Georgia. It was a physical mismatch against a team that hasn't exactly physically dominated its opponents this year.

"We got beat," junior offensive guard John Sullen said. "We got out-played. We got out-physicalled. They just completely beat us today. The offensive line did get out-played, but it was a team thing."

Auburn couldn't pass protect, run block, stop the run or get pressure on the quarterback. It was a game lost in the trenches.

On the rare occasions that Auburn won in the trenches, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray picked apart an Auburn secondary that had a hard time finding the football on third down. The Bulldogs converted 12 of 15 on third down while the Tigers were just 3 of 11.

"We just didn't come out and do the things that we were supposed to do," Sullen said. "The coaches did a great job of preparing them for us, but we just didn't execute like we were supposed to.

"They out-played us tonight," he added. "I can't deny that fact, but we still should have played better than we did."

Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley completed a first quarter pass to Emory Black for 45 yards, and a third quarter pass to Blake for 36 yards. Those two plays accounted for 41.5 percent of Auburn's offense all night as the Tigers had just 195 yards on 44 plays.

Moseley was sacked five times and completed just half of his 22 passes. Michael Dyer crossed the 1,000-yard rushing barrier for the season, but had just 48 yards against Georgia.

"It hurts a lot because most of that loss comes on us," Sullen said of the offensive line. "Clint didn't have time and Mike didn't have holes. As an offensive line they exploited us, and we have to come out and get ready for Samford."

Georgia blitzes from all over the place defensively, led by Jarvis Jones who is enjoying a sensational season at linebacker after transferring from USC. He had two more sacks against Auburn.

"They did blitz a lot," Sullen explained. "They did a lot of tricky things, but it all comes down to we weren't prepared for it. We didn't prepare like we should have, and we didn't play physical enough.

"It's just one of those things where it should only work once," the junior guard added. "You come to sideline, make a correction, and we should pick it up the next time. But we didn't do that either. We didn't play Auburn football today."


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