Auburn-Clemson Game Notes, Part 2

Comments from senior linebacker Daren Bates are featured with news and notes from the Georgia Dome following Auburn's 2012 football opener.

Atlanta, Ga.--Dee Ford helped the Auburn football team keep Clemson quarterback Tahj Boyd pressured most of the night, recording seven tackles, two sacks and two tackles for a loss. However, the Tigers were still unable to slow their opponent enough on third down as Clemson converted eight of 17 of those plays on the way to a 26-19 football victory.

"I don't think we got tired, I think communication became key and there were a few key moments that we needed to communicate in and we didn't execute like we should have," Ford said. "We've just got to keep working. That's the biggest thing. We said no matter what the result, just give it your all. You get what you earn."

Saying the defense, including himself, missed a lot of tackles, Ford found positives from the loss and said he's excited about the potential the line has for the remainder of the season.

"I'm loving what I'm seeing," he said. "We fought. Anytime you have guys that are willing to fight you can go on any day. We can fix the mistakes that we made, but we can't fix a team that doesn't fight. We fought tonight."

Ford's night appeared to have possibly ended early after he ran to the sideline for treatment during the first quarter. After being attended to by the training staff, Ford returned to the game and played the remainder of it. The defensive end said he landed awkwardly on his hip and he'll be fine in time for the Mississippi State game next week.

In other notes and news:

Daren Bates' interception in the third quarter was the third of his career and first since the 2010 SEC Championship Game, which was also played in the Georgia Dome.

Tre Mason recorded his first 100-yard rushing game in his Auburn career, carrying the ball 12 times for 100 yards.

Sophomore Tre Mason runs vs. Clemson.

Cody Parkey's four field goals broke his career-high for a single game, which was previously three, recorded vs. Florida Atlantic in 2011. The four field goals set a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic record.

Cam Newton, Charles Barkley, Tim Hudson, Jeff Fisher, Evander Holyfield, Ben Leard, Stan White and Quentin Riggins were all in attendance for Saturday's game.

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