Auburn vs. USF Postgame Notes

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's loss to the South Florida Bulls include a coach saying the Tigers need to "stay the course."

Auburn, Ala.--Despite gaining just 290 yards of offense and converting just 2-13 third downs, Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges says it is not time to redo the offense.

"We just have to get better at what we do," the coach says. "If you throw out the playbook and start from scratch, that is panicking."

Auburn fell 26-23 in overtime to South Florida on the heels of another sub-par performance in game one in a victory over Kansas State.

"We just have to find a way to generate a little more firepower," the coach says. "We have to be more efficient with the things we do and we have to stay the course. And that's how you get good.

You starting panicking and do a bunch of stuff you don't do, you are going to run into problems. You are never going to get any good at anything.

"As a football coach, you have to be a little dogmatic sometimes," he adds. "You have got to say we are going to do this, we are going to get better at this. I have found when I have talent that philosophy, particularly at times like this when we are not playing well, it usually pays off."

News and Notes: South Florida struggled on third down, too, making just 4-17 conversions...Auburn's Chris Evans had a busy night. He was in on 14 tackles with five solo stops filling in for middle linebacker Tray Blackmon who dressed but did not play (ankle injury)...Eric Brock and Sen'Derrick Marks were in on 10 tackles apiece for the Tigers...Bro Mompremier led the Bulls in tackles with six solos and three assists...Quentin Groves was a busy defensive end for the Tigers. He was in on nine tackles, including two for lost yardage. He also was credited with 10 quarterback pressures.

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