After his Tigers saw their SEC hopes crushed by the Georgia Bulldogs, a 34-7 winner on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium, the defensive captain was asked for an explanation of why his Tigers have struggled to stop opponents in the past month.
“I can’t say any one thing,” the disappointed defensive tackle said. “If anybody wants to blame anyone, make sure you blame all 11, all 22--all of us collectively. That goes for coaches, too.”
Wright said that despite Auburn losing to its oldest rival, it wasn’t because of a lack of preparation. “Coach gave us a plan, we executed the plan in practice and I say we had one of our best practices this week. I just give credit to Georgia for executing and playing better.”
Asked if the Tigers have the mental toughness to finish the season strongly after suffering their third loss of the season, Wright said, “I believe we are very strong in that area. Anytime after a loss, after losing like this, it is hard to talk about mental toughness, and it is hard to talk about the attributes and strengths of a team.”Saying he and the other seniors have been through numerous highs and lows, Wright said he will try to get the team turned back in a winning direction starting with Sunday’s practice. “We can’t let one loss turn into two, and we can’t let two turn into three so that’s the motto as of right now.”
In other news and notes:
*Auburn’s streak of being one of just four FBS teams to score at least 20 points in every game since the start of the 2013 season was snapped.
*Sammie Coates extended his streak to 16 games with a pass reception. The junior caught three passes for 31 yards. Coates passed Freddie Hyatt (1965-67) to move into 13th in Auburn career receiving yards with 1,405.
*Auburn gave up 100 rushing yards to two opponents for the first time since Georgia’s Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall did it two years ago in Athens. Gurley rushed for 138 on 29 carries on Saturday night while Nick Chubb led the Bulldogs with 144 yards on 19 carries. Auburn, the SEC’s top rushing team, was out-run 289-150 by UGA.*Georgia tied the all-time series at 55-55-8.
*Cameron Artis-Payne now has 1,600 career rushing, moving into 26th in Auburn history ahead of Terry Henley (1970-72) and Rudi Johnson (2000). Artis-Payne extended his streak to four games with a rushing touchdown.