Tuberville Pleased With The Win And Strategy

Auburn's head coach says that playing conservative football in the second half was the best decision to win the Sugar Bowl.

New Orleans, La.--Auburn didn't earn many style points with its 16-14 Sugar Bowl victory over Virginia Tech. However, the Tigers did earn their 13th victory without a loss and that was the issue to head coach Tommy Tuberville.

With Auburn leading 16-0 in the third quarter, Tuberville told offensive coordinator Al Borges to run the football and run the clock. He figured the Tigers had enough points and might be able to add some more with the running game.

Tuberville was right that the Tigers had enough points, but just barely. He was wrong that the Tigers would be able to run the football with success into Virginia Tech's nine-man defensive fronts.

"We were just trying to win the game," Tuberville said. "All year long we didn't worry about beating people 30 or 40 points. We just wanted to win by one. You know, that's all that counts.

"If you have got to win by style points, we need to throw out all these systems and not worry about national champions because it's about winning a game, but we did get conservative. That was my call and it worked--obviously.

"It worked all year long," Tuberville added. "I wouldn't change a thing, but I thought we had them on their heels. We made that fumble in the fourth quarter (Carnell Williams fumbling on a third and one play), about with six minutes to go. That pretty much could have sealed it if we would have made that first down. But again, we seem to make things a little bit difficult, especially in tough games."

Virginia Tech, champions of the ACC, fell to 10-3 on the year. Tech coach Frank Beamer said after the game that he didn't believe the Tigers deserve to be voted No. 1 nationally.

"The BCS is what it is," he said. "I'm a company guy and believe the championship will be decided tomorrow night (in the Orange Bowl.)."

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