“The effort was there, we were flying around and we had really good energy,” said Frost, who admitted his team gave up too many big plays to the Crimson Tide to win the game, even on a night the offense put up 44 points.
“The deal all year is giving up big-time plays in big-time situations,” he noted. “That really was the story of the game.”
Asked why the defense has regressed since earlier in the season, Frost said, “For one thing we have played better teams. That is going to happen a little bit. We had a few mess-ups in the back end and with the linebackers as well. Over the course of the year sometimes things don’t work out.
“We mis-fitted some running plays and they gashed us,” he added. “They really did a good job of dialing up some plays that hurt us.”
In other news and notes:
*Jermaine Whitehead’s interception of Blake Sims was his fourth of the season and seventh of his career. Ford’s interception was his third of the season and career. Jones’s third quarter interception was his sixth of the season, tied for fifth most in a season in Auburn history and the most since Walter McFadden had six in 2009.
*Coates’ two touchdown catches give him four for the year and 13 career touchdown catches, which is 10th in Auburn history. He passed Freddie Hyatt (1965-67), Tyrone Goodson (1993-97) and Ronney Daniels (1999-2000), all with 12 career TD catches.
*Coates had his second career two-touchdown game. He also had two scores against Florida Atlantic in 2013. This is Coates’ seventh career 100-yard receiving game. His 153 yards receiving in the first half on four catches topped his previous high of 144 yards earlier this year, also on four catches. He finished the night with five catches for 206 yards.
*Coates is Auburn’s all-time receiving leader in the Iron Bowl. The previous best was 141 yards by Alexander Wright in 1989.
*Duke Williams’ 42-yard reception in the first quarter was his first catch since the first quarter of the Texas A&M game when he suffered a knee injury early in that contest and missed Auburn’s next two games. Williams had seven receptions for 121 yards against the Tide.
Anthony Swain’s second-quarter sack was the first of his career.
*With five field goals and three extra points against Alabama, Carlson is third in Auburn single-season scoring with 106 points, passing Wes Byrum (99 points in 2009). Byrum scored 123 points in 2010 and Cody Parkey 111 in 2013. Five field goals made is a career high for Carlson and the most by an Auburn kicker since Jared Holmes against UAB in 1996. Carlson’s 18 points kicking ties the Auburn single game kicking record with Al Del Greco vs. Kentucky in 1982.
*Auburn still leads the Iron Bowl 15-7 in games played on campus, including a 7-3 record in Tuscaloosa dating back to 1895.