Defensive Coordinator Irked By AU's Play

David Gibbs gives his thoughts on Auburn's defensive play in a 49-27 victory for his team.

Lexington, Ky.--Week after week in reviewing the defensive team's play, David Gibbs has always said he likes the group's effort.

On Saturday, following Auburn's 49-27 victory at Commonwealth Stadium, AU's first-year defensive coordinator had a different opinion.

"I didn't think we lost our intensity until today," Gibbs said. "It showed up today. I don't know why."

Gibbs said there were so many situations he was unhappy with on Saturday that he can't even remember them all. "I am glad our offense scored a lot of points. The game is a blur to me. They were down there so much I can't remember one from the other. We have got to play better."

Stanley McClover sacks Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson.

Head coach Tommy Tuberville said he thought the defense did a good job in the first half when the Tigers built a 28-10 halftime lead and allowed the home team 135 yards. The only UK touchdown in the first half was set up by a fumbled punt return by Tre Smith.

Gibbs didn't agree with Tuberville on the first half defensive performance. "I didn't see much good defense in the first half," he said. "We didn't play very well. Kentucky played good and controlled the football the whole game. We have our work cut out for us. We have a lot of work to do between now and Georgia."

Gibbs did agree with Tuberville that the focus wasn't what it could have been. "Hopefully, that is what is was," Gibbs said. "If that is not what it was, it could be ugly next Saturday. We have got good kids, good leadership. I would expect that they will rebound and be just fine."

After giving up 135 yards in the first half, the Wildcats gained 315 in the final two quarters vs. the Tigers. Gibbs said he didn't see that coming.

"Anytime you don't play up to your expectations, you are caught off guard," he noted. "It was a snowball effect once they got a little confidence they started making plays that they hadn't made all year. In retrospect, we weren't making the plays we had made all year, but give them credit. They moved up and down the field on us.

Gibbs said he is taking the blame for the way the Tigers performed defensively. "At the end of the day, that is my responsibility."


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