Tuberville: "We Need To Make Some Changes"

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville talks to the media following his team's 26-23 overtime loss to South Florida.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming into Saturday night's contest against South Florida, Auburn had won 34 of its last 39 games. Tommy Tuberville has the program competing for the SEC West on a yearly basis and the Tigers have played in the Sugar, Capital One and Cotton Bowl in the last three years.

So after almost losing to Kansas State on opening night then falling victim to a program that's only in its 11th year of existence, something has to be done in order for 2007 to not be a belly flop off the high dive.

"Obviously we need to make some changes, and we will do that," Tuberville said following the game. "That's what we need to do as coaches."

Where will those changes come from? Brandon Cox followed his two-interception performance against Kansas State with two more picks and a lost fumble. Offensive coordinator Al Borges said after the game, "We're going to stick with Cox. Cox is our quarterback."

Auburn's offense had five turnovers for the night.

"They took advantage of opportunities and had good team speed," Tuberville noted. "We just need to move the ball better than that and score more points. We figured we needed to score 30 points to win."

The offense found the end zone twice and also got field goals of 49, 46 and 39-yard field goals from Wes Byrum.

Injuries to key players were noted as the reason for an underachieving offense last season as the defense and special teams carried the team to an 11-2 record. So far in 2007 it's been the defense that been beat up, but that side of the ball is still holding up its end of the deal.

"The toughest thing about this is we got so beat up," Tuberville noted. "We lost another linebacker and another safety. We were so beat up and we played our second team linebackers and secondary in the second half. There are no excuses. Our defense fought hard. We can win the way we are playing defensively."

Because of the turnovers, South Florida's average starting field position over the last six possessions was the Auburn 28-yard line. The defense, with all of its injuries, still held strong while the offense continued to sputter.

"It was a good effort," said Tuberville. "We made a little improvement. We played a good football team and I thought our guys hung in there well. We just didn't execute well enough to win tonight."


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