Offense Doesn't Get The Job Done

Two TDs are too little for the Tigers to win in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge, La.--Tommy Tuberville said Auburn's inability to make plays in key situations on offense was a deciding factor in LSU's 27-14 victory over Auburn on Saturday night.

"It is always frustrating when you can't move the football," the head coach said. "We struggled offensively. We thought we would move it a little bit better than that. They lined up eight or nine in the box and were not going to let us run the ball and we didn't get the job done in the passing game. They did a good job. It was one of those where we should have made a few more plays."

One of the few big plays for the Tigers was a 72-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to Tim Carter on the opening Auburn possession of the game. The visitors didn't make any plays close to that one the rest of the night as they finished with just 293 yards on 57 plays, 20 fewer snaps than the home team.

"I got behind my man and then the safety made a play on the ball and missed," said Carter. "We just didn't make enough of those kind of plays to win in this type of environment. LSU played very well and you have to give them credit."

Carter added, "It was frustrating because we knew everytime we had the ball we had the potential to score and we didn't do it. The thing that I liked about my teammates is that we never gave up. It is disappointing we aren't going to Atlanta, but as a senior I feel we did a good job of getting the team to come together and play hard and give us a chance to go back to Atlanta."

Campbell said he wasn't nervous in his return to the starting lineup, but said he could have performed better. The redshirt freshman hit 13-24 passes for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

"If I could have hit some passes on third down here and there, it might have been a different outcome. Third down is what hurt us tonight. We had the opportunity to make some plays and it didn't happen.

"I felt loose out there," Campbell added. "I checked off and felt like I was in control and tried to make plays. Give LSU credit. They played hard and made some wonderful plays. Our guys played hard and I think we have some things to build on."

Tuberville said he wanted to experiment with backup quarterback Jeff Klein getting a shot to run the offense. Klein directed the team to a pair of first downs on the ground, but at midfield he tried to throw the ball three straight times and was sacked then threw two incompletions. "We wanted to get the ball downfield," Tuberville said. "Jeff looked a little bit nervous. He threw the ball out of bounds one time, but we wanted to get him in there and give him a try, but Jason is the quarterback of the future for us. After we didn't get anything done (with Jeff), we put him back in there."

Running backs coach Eddie Gran and Chris Butler at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

Running back Chris Butler said he was glad he was able to contribute with his touchdown and 68 rushing yards, but added, "The important thing is the team didn't win. Football has its up and downs. That is just the way it is, but this season has been a very positive road for me, even when I was just playing on special teams and waiting my turn."

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