Tuberville Talks About Disappointing Loss

Comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured.

Baton Rouge, La.--LSU came into its game with Auburn giving up just 69 rushing yards per game.

With tailback Kenny Irons leading the way, the Tigers rushed for 221, with junior Irons carrying the football 33 times for a career-high 218 yards.

"I thought if we would rush for 150, we would win the game," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We weren't in sync. We didn't play as well as we could. We made too many mistakes when it came down to putting points on the board. That is the bottom line."

AU had a chance to add 15 more points if the Tigers had made more than one of their six field goals

The head coach said he liked the effort from Irons and added, "We ran the ball well at times and they are a good defense. We had close to 450 (451) yards of offense. Normally you win when you do that. We bogged down and tried field goals at times. We just didn't make them."

Auburn fell to 3-1 in the SEC with the loss and must hope LSU loses again in the league to have a chance to defend its SEC title.

"That is the best defense we have played," Tuberville said. "We moved the ball and had some more opportunities."

Commenting on the way his defense played, the coach said the game plan was to hope LSU QB continued his pattern of making mistakes, but that didn't happen in a turnover-free game. "We were very conservative on defense. I thought we played well."

"Our guys hung in there and battled," Tuberville added. "That is all you can ask."

Auburn returns to action at 11:30 a.m. Saturday as Ole Miss comes to AU.


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