On a day when Georgia intercepted four of his passes, the same number he completed to teammates, the left-hander knew it was a really rough performance.
Cox said "everything" seemed to go wrong for the Tigers. "They just out-played us," he said after Georgia stunned the Tigers 37-15 on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "We played hard. They just seemed to have answer for everything we did. They just out-played us."
Cox finished the game with 35 passing yards on 12 attempts. His offense was 0-7 on third down conversions.
The first play of the game set the tone when he was sacked on a three-step drop play and came away limping. "My right knee, every time I get hit on it, it swells back up," he noted. "I was hoping not to get hit on it today. The first play it got hit and it stiffened up a little bit, but it didn't hurt me any."
His QB coach, Al Borges, agreed and said that Cox's poor passing day didn't have anything to do with the knee problem.
Auburn, which lost for just the second time this year, was also dominated in its other loss, a home setback to Arkansas. Cox admitted the two games were similar. "It reminded us a lot of it," he said. "All three phases--offense, defense and special teams all struggled today. It is the same thing we did against Arkansas."
The quarterback said the Bulldogs didn't do anything to confuse the Auburn offense. "They were playing a little more zone than we expected, but they just out-played us," he noted.
Cox is pressured by Georgia defensive end Quentin Moses.
After his fourth interception, Cox was involved in a scuffle after what he felt was a cheap shot. "I know it is always the second person who throws a punch who gets a flag," he said. "The play was already over and I was slowing down and he basically tackled me from behind. It was just frustration. It is not who I am."
Auburn has a week to regroup before closing the regular season at Auburn. He said he expects the Tigers to bounce back.
"It just being Alabama you don't have to say too much," he said. "We are going to play for the seniors. This is their last game in Jordan-Hare and unfortunately we went out like that. We are not going to let them go out with two losses. We are going to win it and go out on a good note."