Tuberville's Take On Wild Win

Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville discusses Auburn's 37-34 triple overtime victory over Syracuse.

Auburn, Ala.--After an ugly start, the second half of Auburn's 37-34 victory over Syracuse wasn't a thing of beauty, but it was a heck of a lot prettier than the first 30 minutes of football, noted AU Coach Tommy Tuberville.

"That right there was nothing but a character builder," Tuberville said. "We didn't play very well the first half, obviously. We got 17 points down and came back and our guys did a great job. Second half, all three phases of our team--kicking game, offense and defense--came to play.

"We got several guys beat up, but I thought we just outlasted them. We are in pretty good physical condition to play five games in the month of September and to go 4-1 is a tribute to this football team right here. We are not right where we want to be yet, but we have a chance to be pretty good if we keep working hard."

Tuberville has consistently said he and offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino were not going to have a quick hook if starting QB Daniel Cobb got off to a slow start. "Daniel turned his ankle the first half," the coach explained. "They fell on it on a sack. They thought he could go at halftime, but he said, ‘Coach, I just can't scramble at all.' So we decided to go with Jason (Campbell)."

Tuberville said the Tigers prevailed on a night when they made too many mistakes. "Down the road, this game will pay off for us. I wish we didn't have to go through this, but it was a hard-fought game and we had to overcome a lot of obstacles. It is good to come back and win a ball game like this--just to come back and show the fans and the other team that we are a better football team than what we played. It built a lot of character."


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