Vaughn Takes Blame For Tiger Setback

Comments from Auburn kicker John Vaughn are featured after his team's overtime loss to LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--John Vaughn was the first player out of the Auburn locker room Saturday night following his team's overtime loss. The junior kicker wanted to take the blame for Auburn's 20-17 setback on a night he made just one of six field goal tries.

"It doesn't get much worse than that," the preseason All-SEC field goal kicker said. "The offense and defense played really hard.

"The field goal team did a really good job. There were good snaps, good holds. I have to go out there and...that's not good enough."

Vaughn said a crosswind out of the northwest was a factor in the field goals, but not enough to make him miss kicks he thought he should have made. "I just missed them," he said. "There is really no excuse for it. They had to kick in the wind, too. I just have got to work harder."

Vaughn had a chance to make a last second field goal from 54 yards into the wind that would have given the Tigers a victory. He had enough leg, but the ball sailed left to the relief of a record crowd at Tiger Stadium.

"I hit it hard, I was just trying to get it there because I didn't hit one that long in warmups," Vaughn said. "The one in overtime, I just yanked it a bit."

Vaughn said as a kicker, it is important to be able to bounce back. "I didn't do it in the game. Now I have to do it next week."

Next week his Tigers play at home vs. Ole Miss. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. from Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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