AU Defensive Coordinator Likes Effort

Comments from Auburn's defensive coordinator are featured.

Baton Rouge, La.--David Gibbs said that all things considered, he liked what he saw on Saturday night other than the final score.

"There are no moral victories," Auburn's first year defensive coordinator said after his team's agonizing 20-17 overtime loss to LSU.

"We competed hard," he said. "We gave up some plays, but you are going to do that against a good team and LSU has a good team.

"We kept fighting and we gave ourselves a chance to win at the end," Gibbs added. "Unfortunately, we didn't get it done."

Auburn crunches a LSU runner.

The defense, which was to put extra emphasis on covering the LSU receivers in hopes of having QB Jamarcus Russell, who has been turnover-prone, to throw interceptions. However, the game was played without a turnover on either side.

"We didn't create any turnovers, which is something they had been doing," Gibbs said. "When they don't do that they are a hard football team to stop."

LSU gained 339 yards in four periods plus overtime and converted just 4-15 third downs. Auburn had 451 total yards, but mistakes in the kicking game were the difference.

"We made some mistakes, but we did some good things," Gibbs added. "We will pick up the pieces and get back to work."

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