Auburn, Ala.--For Ricardo Louis it was a personal-record performance with 10 catches on Saturday vs. Jacksonville State, but for the Auburn football team as a whole it won’t be a game they will fondly remember.
The Tigers managed to defeat Jacksonville State, a team that came into the game ranked No. 5 nationally in the FCS (I-AA) poll, but it wasn’t easy.
The Tigers had to go overtime for the 27-20 victory, a struggle that caused Auburn to drop from sixth to 18th in this week’s AP Top 25 poll and from seventh to 15th in the coaches ranking.
“We didn’t play well the first three quarters,” said Louis. “We struggled on both sides of the ball. We have to go back and watch film and see what we need to work on for next week in Baton Rouge.
“We have to eliminate mistakes, especially playing against an SEC team that is going to be way more talented, with way more big guys on both sides of the ball and way more skill players who are fast and strong,” the receiver pointed out. “We just have to be prepared.”
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge with TV coverage on CBS. LSU is 1-0 after winning 21-19 at Mississippi State on Saturday. The Bayou Bengals are ranked 13th nationally in the AP poll and 14th in the coaches poll.
“I feel like we are going to come with a better attitude next week because we know what kind of opponent we are facing,” said Louis, who notes that he wants to help end Auburn’s losing streak in games at LSU, a place where the Tigers haven’t won since 1999.
“This is my last year facing LSU,” said Louis, whose team defeated LSU 41-7 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. “I?have got to make a statement against them before I?leave.”