Not Enough Carries for AU Backs

Auburn, Ala.--If there was any bright spot for the Auburn Tigers in their 37-15 pounding by the Bulldogs, then perhaps it was in the running game. Unfortunately for Kenny Irons and Brad Lester, they only got to touch the ball 15 times all game.

Irons ran 10 times for 49 yards and Lester had five carries for 40 and a 21-yard touchdown run.

"I came out and executed like the coaches told us to do, and that's it," Lester notes. "I didn't do anything special. The line opened up a whole for me and I just hit it like I'm supposed to."

Lester ran tough against his home-state team, but didn't get his hands on the football enough.

With Georgia chewing up the clock for 38:12 and gaining 20 first downs, the Auburn offense didn't spend a whole lot of time on the field establishing itself. Al Borges called 16 pass plays and just 21 runs.

As ugly as it was, Lester notes that a win next Saturday could go a long ways to salvaging the season.

"We've got to recover and come back next week and play against Alabama," Lester says. "That's going to be one of our biggest games this year. We've got to forget about that, come out and play hard against Alabama and remember this game for next year. You can't worry about this loss. Of course it's going to bother you, but you've got to focus for the next game.

"Everybody was real disappointed and hurt," he adds. "All of us have to bounce back. Everybody goes through stuff in life and we'll probably go through worse things than this. You've just got to recover. We just had a bad day."

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