Herring: SEC Road Games Always Tough

Will Herring offers his thoughts on Auburn's narrow victory over South Carolina.

Auburn, Ala.--Thursday night was a perfect example of why the SEC is the toughest conference in America. The second/third-ranked team in the country, Auburn, went on the road against an unranked SEC opponent in South Carolina and escaped by the thinnest of margins.

"Even the year we went undefeated and had an outstanding season, there was the Ole Miss game that was a struggle, a knock down slug out," Auburn linebacker Will Herring says. "It was the same way (against South Carolina). When you're in a conference like we're in you're going to face talent that is comparable to yours.

"In my opinion there aren't a whole lot of upsets in the SEC. Week in and week out, both teams are very talented."

While the 24-17 victory won't earn many "style points" in the minds of voters, it was one more win that is part of the big picture for the Tigers.

"We're not going to be down on ourselves too hard," Herring notes. "We're going to cherish the win. Any time you go in the SEC on the road and get a win it's always a positive. At the same time, we know defensively we didn't play our best game. We're going to come back and get better on Sunday.

"We're taking it one game at a time and we're not looking at (No. 1) Ohio State," he continues. "As far as I'm concerned we're not playing them."

Herring had one of the biggest plays of the game with an interception on a jump ball thrown for Sidney Rice in the first half.

Looking back on the victory, the Auburn defense struggled, to say the least, but luckily it was only on the field for two series the entire second half. After South Carolina ran zero plays offensively in the third quarter, the Auburn defense was on the field for all but three plays in the fourth quarter. The Tigers looked helpless at times trying to stop the five-wide attack or the tuck and run by Syvelle Newton.

"They just came out giving us a lot of different looks and spreading us out," Herring says. "We lost containment on the quarterback. He's an athletic quarterback. Any time you have him running around back there it's going to give you problems. They are correctable.

"The guys have been getting at it in practice and the effort is great. It's not a lack of effort or a lack of want to," Herring adds. "It's just some miscues. I had my share of miscues as well, and we're going to get it straightened out. We've got a long season ahead of us."

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