Muschamp Excited About Defensive Effort

Comments from Auburn's defensive coordinator are featured after a strong performance in a victory at Arkansas.

Fayetteville, Ark.--Will Muschamp said after last year's disappointing Auburn defensive performance in a 27-10 loss to Arkansas, the Tigers were ready to redeem themselves on Saturday night at Razorback Stadium.

When the final whistle blew, the defense was the star of the show for the Tigers who won 9-7 as the AU defense did a terrific job keeping Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden in check. He was limited to just 43 yards on 17 carries.

McFadden's talented sidekick, Felix Jones, gained 42 yards on six carries. As a team the Razorbacks rushed for just 67 yards on 25 carries and finished the night with just 193 yards.

"The kids played their hearts out and I am just happy for them," Muschamp said. "People really questioned their manhood after last year's game, giving up 279 yards. There was a lot of negativity.

"I am just so happy for them," Muschamp said of his players. "Regardless of who is out there, our guys were playing their hearts out there tonight and they have been all year. It has been so fun to coach these guys."

Muschamp said it took a group effort to keep the Arkansas offense in check. The Razorbacks were averaging 42 points per game coming into the contest.

"It's just a credit to all 11 guys on the field because that is what it takes against an offense like that," Muschamp said.

Auburn improved to 5-2 overall with the win and 3-1 into the SEC going into another road game at LSU. "We have a great challenge next week."

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