"We beat ourselves," Cox said. "We had five turnovers.You can't win games like that. I just want to apologize to our defense. They did their part. Offensively, we didn't. When we weren't turning the ball over, we were putting together some pretty good drives.
"I think we got better in some parts of our offense," Cox said. "Turning the ball over like that, you can't win games."
Cox completed 16-35 passes and was intercepted twice. He consistently missed open receivers vs. the USF defense Saturday night.
News and notes:
*After no eagle flight the previous week due to bad weather, Spirit made the pre-game flight.
*Auburn allowed 14 first quarter points for the first time since the 2003 season when LSU racked up 21 in the first quarter of a game in Baton Rouge. LSU won that game 31-7.
*The last time the Tigers allowed 14 first quarter points vs. Louisiana Tech in 2001. The Tigers won that game 38-28.
*Walk-on freshman punter Patrick Tatum's debut was impressive with a 36-yard punt that was downed at the USF one-yard line in the second quarter. Ryan Shoemaker, who was injured trying to make a tackle, had two punts for a 52.5 average. Tatum averaged 38.3 yards on three punts.
*Freshman wide receiver Chris Slaughter made his Auburn debut and caught his first pass, a four-yarder in the first quarter.
*Jonathan Wilhite, who left game one with a hamstring injury, started for the Tigers, but did not finish the game.