Auburn, Ala.--It’s hard to find a more disappointing team than the one walking off the field at Sanford Stadium on Saturday. For the Auburn Tigers however, Saturday’s loss to Georgia is one that veteran defenders Carl Lawson and Tre Williams say can’t keep this team from moving forward.
Despite falling 13-7 in a game when the defense only allowed a pair of field goals, Lawson said it was a team loss and that’s the only way this group will look at things.
“We came in and we came together and tried to fight, and we lost as a team,” Lawson said. “It’s a very disappointing loss, but we’ve got to put it in our past and rebound.
“I think as a team we needed to do more.”
Asking more of the defense would be a tall order considering Georgia’s lack of offensive production overall with only six points scored by the Bulldogs on that side of the ball, but Williams said it was far from a perfect day for the Tigers.
Allowing 343 total yards and 21 first downs, Auburn was the beneficiary of an interception in the first quarter in the red zone on a trick play and also another missed field goal. Despite the final line the junior linebacker said the defense has plenty to work on itself.
“We played well,” Williams said. “There is a lot of yardage out there and we left, but we played well and kept them out of the end zone. If we would have stopped the run even more they wouldn’t have had the field goals. We’ve still got to pick it up and do better.”
Giving up just 135 yards on the ground on 43 carries (3.1 yards per carry), Auburn’s defensive front was able to keep the Tigers in the game despite getting very little help from their offensive teammates. Williams said in his eyes that doesn’t matter because it’s all about the team.
“It’s just effort, tremendous effort and getting to the ball,” Williams said. “Not letting them in the end zone was our key and we did that.
“It happens sometimes,” he added. “The whole Auburn Tigers took an L today. We’re not separated. The offense is playing well, the defense is playing well, we just didn’t pull it out.”
Adding to his season sack total, now up to nine and a half on the year, Lawson and fellow Georgia natives Montravius Adams and Dontavius Russell along with freshman Marlon Davidson had perhaps their most complete game of the season.
The starting front four for the Tigers were in on 22 tackles with five of those behind the line of scrimmage. That’s a game that Lawson and his teammates will one day be able to look back on and appreciate the way they performed, but not at the moment.
“At this point I’m bothered by the loss and I’m not feeling any type of happiness,” Lawson said. “I’m happy that I got a chance to glorify God and got a chance to go out and play with my teammates. I have so many blessings and I’m happy about that, but I’m not happy about the loss.”