Powers: "I didn't make the play"

Auburn sophomore cornerback Jerraud Powers talks about the disappointing last play and the loss to LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--With the clock running down, facing a third-down and seven at the Auburn 32-yard line, and needing just a field goal to win the game, very few people in attendance at Tiger Stadium or watching anywhere around the country thought LSU would throw a pass into the end zone and put everything on one play.

That's exactly what LSU did though as Les Miles gambled and once again it paid off as Matt Flynn hit wide receiver Demetrius Byrd for a touchdown with just one second remaining on the clock to give LSU the 30-24 victory. Defending on the play for Auburn was sophomore cornerback Jerraud Powers, who says sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the opposition for making a play.

"We were thinking they were going to run the ball," Powers says. "When they lined up I was like ‘ya'll are going deep' or whatever. I had him covered, but he made a great play on a great throw. Those guys are D1 athletes like we are and he made a great play at the right time. I didn't make the play."

Perhaps the toughest part of the game for Powers was following the game, when in the locker room he realized that if he had only knocked the ball away the time very well could have run off the clock giving Auburn the win. The Decatur native says that's football as a cornerback though, sometimes you get beat. Unfortunately for Powers it came on the biggest play of the game.

"I was just thinking that if I break it up time would run out and we would win," Powers says. "It just shows you the guts and the confidence that Coach (Les) Miles has in his team to try something like that late in the game with the time running out. It just shows their confidence in their offense.

"They're a great football team," Powers adds. "We had a great gameplan against them. We had our chances to win the game, but we just didn't capitalize at the end. They made plays and we didn't."

Powers played a big part in one of Auburn's biggest plays earlier in the night though as his fumble return to the three-yard line set up Auburn's second touchdown of the night in the second quarter. At the end of the game he says he was in perfect position, but just didn't make the play.

"He ran just a fade route," Powers says. "I read it and was all over him. As soon as I read back Flynn put the ball in perfectly. I had my hand on it and tried to rip it out, but they made a great play."

Despite the last-second loss, Saturday's game was another solid performance by an Auburn team that gave everything it had in a loss. Powers says it was just a classic Auburn-LSU game like they all seem to be if only the outcome were different.

"I wish them luck from here on out," Powers says. "It was a hell of a ballgame. It was fun to play in. It was a great atmosphere. Those are the types of games that you come to play D1 football for. The game came down to the final seconds. They made a play and I didn't.

"I'm not holding my head down for anything," Powers adds. "We played a great ball game. He just made a play."


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