Kris Frost (above) was in on eight tackles vs. Jacksonville State.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn improved to 2-0 on Saturday with a 27-20 overtime victory over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. However, the win did not come as expected as the No. 6 (FBS) ranked Tigers needed a clutch performance from sophomore tailback Peyton Barber (23 carries, 125 yards, 1 TD) and timely stops by a defense that gave up 438 total yards to subdue the No. 5 ranked (FCS) football team.
Auburn senior linebacker Kris Frost ended the game with eight tackles, and the Matthews, N.C., native insisted the Tigers weren’t looking ahead to their SEC opener with LSU next weekend in Baton Rouge.
“Our coaches made sure that we were all focused on Jacksonville State,” said Frost. “Now it’s all about flipping the switch and getting focused on LSU knowing how good of a team they are and that we have to play better.”
Although Frost realized his team didn’t play its best, he was happy to get through the home opener with a victory, something that was in doubt to the final play of the game.
“It feels great,” he said. “One thing that I noticed is that I love the complete personality and attitude of the whole entire team throughout the game. I felt like we came together even more, and when the game went into overtime we just knew that it was time to go.”
Frost said he a series of tough, important practices this upcoming week before the LSU contest with the focus for the defense being on “making adjustments on-the-fly.”
“As a defense I knew for a fact what we had to do,” Frost said. “We came in and they threw a lot of different stuff at us that we hadn’t seen, but we have to be able to adjust. That’s all it’s about.”
A concern for the Auburn defense throughout the first two games has been stopping a running quarterback. Louisville’s freshman Lamar Jackson rushed for 106 yards last week. JSU’s Eli Jenkins rushed for 37 yards and made a number of scrambling passing plays Saturday.
“It’s not just the fact that (Jenkins) was so mobile,” said Frost, “but a lot of times he threw up 50-50 balls and they came down with them. That moved the chains. We need to be better on third down containing the quarterback. We have to do a better job with our spy that we have on the quarterback.”
When asked what the difference will be in the team when Auburn takes the field next Saturday in Death Valley, Frost’s response was clear and concise.
“We’ll be that same team that you saw in overtime,” he vowed. “We’ll be ready.”