Tuberville Says He Didn't Have Tigers Ready

Postgame comments from Auburn's head football coach are featured.

Orlando, Fla.--Tommy Tuberville said the Auburn Tigers weren't ready to play good football on Monday and he said the blame should be put on his shoulders.

The Badgers racked up 548 yards while the Tigers netted just 236 yards in Wisconsin's 24-10 Capital One Bowl victory over Auburn.

"I thought their quarterback did a great job of getting the ball down the field," said Tuberville, who also had praise for game MVP tailback Brian Calhoun and receiver Brandon Williams in addition to QB John Stocco.

"We didn't have the answer to their running back nor No. 1 (Williams) running the football," said Tuberville, who added, "I will take the blame. We weren't ready to play. We weren't in sync. We never got anything going.

"We can look at our defense in the first half, but offensively we couldn't make a first down. That's not like us. We didn't execute. That's because I didn't have the guys mentally ready to go.

"In a game like that, we knew we were going to get a very emotional start. We turned the ball over, what, two of the first three, maybe two of the first two times we had the ball and got ourselves in a hole," Tuberville added. "It's just one of those games where we had no consistency. We just couldn't get it going. I thought we had a little life there in the second half and brought it to seven points. Then it took four or five plays for them to score.

"It's been a good year for us," Tuberville said of his 9-3 Tigers. "We've over-achieved. We knew that. We knew coming in here we were going to have to play our tails off and play probably better than what we have played. That's the best offense we've seen. They took advantage of their speed against some things we do on defense."

Tuberville said his team didn't tackle well on defense and didn't do anything well on offense.

"We weren't as physical as we probably needed to be running the football," Tuberville said. "You have to throw the ball when they put nine on the line of scrimmage and we didn't get the job done."


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