Starkville, Miss.--According to Auburn freshman defensive end Marlon Davidson, junior Carl Lawson told him before Saturday’s game that he was going to get two sacks for the Tigers. In baseball lore what Lawson did Saturday against Mississippi State was akin to calling his shot as he racked up a pair of sacks and forced a fumble in the win.
“They pass the ball and anytime a team passes the ball you should have the opportunity to get a sack,” Lawson said. “That’s our job, to effect the quarterback as much as possible.”
Harassing Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald time and time again, Lawson sacked him twice and caused the fumble that senior Montravius Adams returned for a touchdown to put the icing on a dominant first half for the Tigers.
“I have been waiting for the opportunity to play with Montravius and make plays with Montravius for a while,” Lawson said. “It was just good to see my teammate go in there and get the score.”
Limiting the Bulldogs to just 289 yards of total offense, the Tigers controlled the line of scrimmage from start to finish despite backing off the pedal in the second half. Lawson said that’s the goal now for this team is to put it all together.
“I feel like we shouldn’t have given up any points,” he said. “We should have had a goose egg. Then again that’s a part of it. We’re going to watch the film tomorrow and see what we need to get done and we need to pick it up. But it was a great learning experience”