Tuscaloosa, Ala.--The Auburn offense sputtered throughout the vast majority of the Iron Bowl causing the Tiger defense to stumble late in the contest as Coach Gus Malzahn and his team fell 30-12 to the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday.
Special teams, on the other hand, was in cruise control for most of the night for the Tigers due in large part to the well-oiled machine that is junior kicker Daniel Carlson.
Nicknamed “Legatron,” Carlson was 4-5 on field goal attempts for the night. He made kicks of 42, 52, 39 and 27 yards with his only miss coming on a second 52-yard try.
“It’s obviously real tough,” said Carlson after the loss. “When I do get called out (to kick) obviously I have to do my job.”
Carlson noted that he wishes his name wouldn’t be called as often to attempt field goals but that’s “just sometimes how it is,” he noted.
“Sometimes you get in a game like LSU and those points add up and you end up winning,” Carlson pointed out. “It’s tough on this team because we didn’t come out with a win. It’s frustrating when we can’t get in the end zone and we have opportunities. At the end of the day it’s a team game and those little things add up.”
On his miss Carlson explained that he simply “hooked that one a little left.”
This defeat to Alabama means that the Tigers have lost six straight times against their two biggest rivals in Georgia and the Crimson Tide. It’s a fact that stings Carlson and his teammates.
“It’s frustrating,” admitted Carlson. “Obviously, these games mean a lot to us. A lot of guys grew up watching SEC football from Georgia or Alabama. It’s tough because these are fun games to play in. They’re special and they’re emotional. To not win them is real tough, even more than other games sometimes.”
Carlson also said that he is “leaning towards staying” on the Plains for his senior season so that he can play one year with his little brother, Auburn commit Anders Carlson.
With his Iron Bowl performance Carlson broke his own record for field goals made in a season (23 in 2015). Carlson now sits at 26 made on 30 attempts for the year.
“It’s been a fun ride with this team,” Carlson expressed. “Even with days like today it’s been a fun journey.”