Nightmare Performance For Auburn Defense

Auburn junior Nosa Eguae talks about the loss to Texas A&M.

Auburn, Ala.—This wasn't how it was supposed to be for Texas native Nosa Eguae. Earning the starting role against the home state Texas A&M Aggies, Eguae was hoping to see the defense continue to show improvements under first-year coordinator Brian VanGorder. Instead he and his teammates got a preview of Halloween four days early.

Getting pummeled 63-21, Auburn's defense allowed a school record 671 yards on 81 plays to the Aggies and redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel. Playing just one series in the second half he still managed to complete 16-23 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns while adding 90 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

By the time his night was done Auburn was down 49-7 and the route was long since ongoing. Eguae said it was a disappointing night for the defense after they felt like they had been showing improvement in recent games.

"It has been tough," Eguae said. "This one was tough. We just have to keep fighting. That's all I know how to do. It hurts because we work so hard to get wins. I'm just going to keep working and do what I have to do to help my team get a victory."

Allowing the most points for an Auburn defense since allowing 68 points to North Carolina in 1917, the Tigers couldn't get off the field as the Aggies scored touchdowns on six consecutive first half possessions to put the game away early.

"You've got to give credit to those guys," Eguae said. "They had a great gameplan and they executed. We definitely have to watch the film and see what we can correct from this and get better next week.

"They executed and we didn't," he added. "That's about it. Now we have to go back and watch the film and correct it."

Running the football 48 times for 352 yards, Texas A&M scored six rushing touchdowns with Trey Williams, Christine Michael and Ben Malena joining in the scoring parade. It wasn't just Manziel through the air either as backup Jameill Showers completed 8-8 passes for 59 yards in the hurry up offense that kept Auburn guessing all night long.

"They executed at a high level," Eguae said. "They did the type of things that give defenses trouble. They were fast tempo. They did those things and they did them well. Give credit to those guys. We just have to focus in and realize it's too late to correct anything. We have to get it fixed for next week."

Now knocked out of any chance for a bowl game in 2012, Auburn must dig deep to try to salvage something out of the season. Eguae said it's frustrating to put in so much work each week only to see the losses continue to pile up.

"It hurts a lot because we've got a bunch of guys that are getting better," Eguae said. "We've got a bunch of guys that are working their butts off every single day, and to give up a performance like this is tough. What are we going to learn from it and what are we going to do to make sure it doesn't happen again?"


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