"This place is hard to play like our place is hard to play," the Auburn coach says. "We jumped on them pretty quick, but we just ran out of juice. From the middle of the second quarter until the middle of the fourth quarter, we just didn't make the plays. They made the plays and we didn't."
The result was a 30-24 LSU victory that came after a 22-yard pass from Matt Flynn with one second left put the home team ahead for good as LSU won 30-24.
"That was a great throw and catch," Tuberville says of the catch by wideout Demetrius Byrd. "We made a great throw and catch on our touchdown before that.
"This is a tough assignment to play three road games like this in the last four weeks," Tuberville adds. "We drew a tough bull this year in the schedule. I am really proud of the coaches and players with the way they fought. We came so close to doing something special tonight. We just didn't do good enough to close it out."
News and Notes: Senior Quentin Groves returned to action for the first time since injuring his foot in the Florida game. He made his 26th career sack to tie the Auburn record, but says that doesn't mean much coming in a losing effort. "I was more interested in winning the game," the defensive end says...Offensive coordinator Al Borges says he did not see any negative effect from playing without slot receiver Robert Dunn, who was not allowed to make the trip due to a discipline issue.
The Auburn-LSU series continues to be dominated by the home teams which have won the last eight matchups...The last four Auburn-LSU games have been decided by a total of 14 points...Auburn had won eight straight road games prior to losing in Tiger Stadium where the last AU lost game in 2005 in overtime...Auburn is now 4-1 under Tuberville in games against teams ranked in the top five of the Associated Press poll...With 199 yards passing, Brandon Cox moved past Dameyune Craig into fourth in Auburn history in career passing yardage. Cox has 6,142 yards...Senior Eric Brock led the Tigers with nine solo tackles and two assists...Senior noseguard Josh Thompson finished with a career-high 10 tackles with six being solo...Montez Billings had a career-high 78 receiving yards...Ali Highsmith led LSU in tackles with seven solos and four assists.