Tre Williams (above) was a key defender for the Tigers on Saturday.
One of his favorite moments of the day was a scoop and score play when defensive end Carl Lawson hit MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, knocking the ball loose for a 13-yard return by tackle Montravius Adams.
“It was great,” said Williams, who led the Tigers in tackles with eight stops. “He (Adams) is always in the right spot at the right time. It is crazy.”
For the game the Tigers had three takeaways with two fumble recoveries, both by Adams, and a pass interception by Stephen Roberts. The defensive touchdown was the first one for the Tigers this season.
“It is about time,” Williams said. “Coach (Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele) has been preaching about that for a long time and we finally got one for him.”
Auburn’s defense won praise from Head Coach Gus Malzahn for its overall performance. He particularly liked the opening defensive stand when the Tigers lost the football on an interception, but did not let the Bulldogs move the football or score when a short field goal sailed wide.
Malzahn called that a momentum-building stand and Williams agreed. “It is a game of momentum,” the linebacker said. “We keep building our momentum each possession, which is something we have to do each week.”
Although Williams said he was happy about the road victory, he said the Tigers are still a work in progress, even after playing what he noted was their best first half of football this season. “We still have things we can improve,” he said. “We have still got to get better.”
Williams noted that was obvious in the second half. “We got a little complacent,” he said. “That is something we can’t do. We got it fixed and we can’t let it happen again.”
In other news and notes:
•A total of 21 Auburn players made at least one tackle.
*Freshman end Marlon Davidson got one quarterback sack, the first as a collegian, and junior end Lawson added two sacks to raise his Auburn total to 11 sacks.
*Daniel Carlson has converted 118 consecutive PAT kicks, the second longest streak in Auburn history. He is 13-14 on field goals this season.
*Carlson extended his streak of consecutive touchbacks to 30.
*Auburn held the football for 33 minutes and 22 seconds, almost seven more minutes than the Bulldogs.
*Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald termed the lopsided loss as “pretty depressing.” He added, “You have your pity party now and get back to work tomorrow.”
*Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he liked what he saw from his quarterback, Sean White. “He did a great job of managing the game again. I?think Coach Rhett Lashlee did a good job of putting him in some good situations, too.”