Option Causes Tigers Major Problems

Comments from Tommy Tuberville and defensive coordinator are featured from Fayetteville.

Fayetteville, Ark.--"You have got to make the plays when they are there. They made them and we didn't. That is the reason they won the ball game and by that score."

Head coach Tommy Tuberville made that statement following Auburn's 42-17 loss at Arkansas on Saturday. The irritated head coach was particularly unhappy with the lack of plays his team made defensively trying to stop the option.

"Every game is frustrating if you loose," Tuberville added. "We just didn't play well today. That is all there is to it and I didn't do a very good job of making adjustments when they were moving the football. I will take the blame on that option. I know how to play that option a lot better. We obviously had our guys in the wrong position."

Karlos Dansby tackles Fred Talley.

Defensive coordinator John Lovett said, "There a lot of little things that are going wrong. We just have got to get it fixed. I will take the blame on that...I am going to go back and watch the film and see where we are."

Lovett said that he was unhappy that the defense couldn't keep the Razorbacks out of the end zone following turnovers by the Tiger offense. "We talked to them about this all week," Lovett said. "We talked to them that with their defense, some bad things might happen to us offensively. We had to go in and put out the fire. That is our job. We spoke to them about that Thursday, Friday and again today, but we just didn't do a very good job."

Commenting on the option, Lovett said, "The last option play they ran is something we hadn't seen, but other than that everything else we had worked on in practice this past week. We have to do a better job of tackling. When we have guys there, we have got to make a play. Their kid made plays, we didn't"

Free safety Stanford Simmons said the game was a frustrating one, particularly trying to contain the option. "We are going to have to prepare in practice this week to stop the option because I am quite sure we will see it again."


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