Carlton Davis (above) makes a tackle vs. Arkansas.
“It is a bad feeling, something you never want to experience,” Davis says about the loss that dropped his team’s record to 4-3 for the season and 1-3 in the SEC. “It is something that we have to get past.”
The 54-46 game matched a 56-49 four overtime loss to Georgia in 1996 as the longest game in Auburn football history.
With the contest tied at 46 apiece, Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan broke free of Davis on a short pass to the sideline and scored on a 25-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth overtime. The Razorbacks would then convert the two-point conversion attempt and take the lead for good.
Davis notes that he should have reacted differently on the play, saying, “It was a three-deep coverage and I should have backed off and I didn’t make the play.”
However, the freshman from Miami played well throughout the game. He set two new career highs for total tackles at eight and passes deflected at three. He also leads the team in interceptions with two.
Carlton Davis has started three games this season, including the past two.
After watching the game video, Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp stressed that Davis has big things ahead of him and that the one play in the fourth overtime vs. Arkansas wouldn’t define his season.
“No one play loses a game,” says Muschamp. “No one play wins a game. That’s just not the way it is. A lot of people want to point at one or two plays, but it’s a collection of plays that causes the difference in a game and whether it’s won or lost.”
Muschamp points out that he likes how Davis and his teammates have responded to the tough loss, saying that he saw an “extremely hurt and disappointed group, which is good.
“I have been in some other situations before in my coaching career and you walked in Sunday and you wondered whether you won or lost,” Muschamp says. “The group was a dejected bunch, and to me that is a positive because it’s important to them. All the signs for this football team (show) it is going to continue to fight.”
On the subject of Davis, Muschamp praised the freshman’s fight and passion, saying, “I wish we had a lot more like Carlton. Tough, competitive, football instincts, football IQ, and that guy has got (those things). You know what, it is important to him. Wish we had more like him, but I’m just complimenting a player that obviously it’s really, really, really important to him to be very successful and it starts with winning and it starts with his football team and how we perform.”
The Tigers take the field again on Saturday with their first home game since Oct. 3rd as they face the Ole Miss Rebels. Kickoff is set for shortly after 11 a.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN.