Powers, AU Defense Moving On

Jerraud Powers and Will Muschamp discuss the LSU loss and look ahead to the Ole Miss game on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--Just like the last three years between the two Tigers from the West, the battle on Saturday ended in epic fashion as Les Miles pulled a rabbit out of his hat, took a chance at the end zone in the final seconds and came out victorious.

In 2006 it was Eric Brock who made a play on LSU's Craig Davis for an Auburn win. In 2007 it was Demetrius Byrd who made a play on Jerraud Powers for an LSU win.

And now for Powers, it's time to move on as Ole Miss travels to Auburn on Saturday for another SEC contest.

"We're all competitors, and when you're a competitor you're going to feel bad after a loss like that," Powers explains. "You go into Death Valley playing the No. 4 team in nation, LSU, and two good teams are going at it in the rivalry that has been taking place between us in the past decade, you're going to feel bad when it comes down to the last play of the game and they make a play and we didn't. The attitude in the locker room, everybody feels bad, but we know that game could have gone our way just as easily as it went theirs.

"Everybody's head is up and we were all joking about what went on during the game at (Sunday) practice and everybody is trying to stay positive and confident," he continues. "We've still got a few weeks left to play football and we're still improving each week. Everybody is still down a little bit that we lost. It's not like we're about to throw it in the tank because we know we could have easily won that game also. We believe that we should have won that game, but a lot of calls didn't go our way or whatnot. We just didn't make the plays in the second half."

Powers was in position to bat the ball away, but it snuck by him and Byrd was able to make a tremendous catch.

"The call that we called was to stop the run," Powers explains. "We all thought they were going to run the ball. When they were running the ball, the receiver split had been a little wider--almost to the sideline--just so we wouldn't be in the run game. When I saw his split go down and so he had a little green on the outside I figured they were going to try something. I had a feeling they were going to try something, and that's what they did.

"It was covered," he adds, "but those guys are D-I athletes just like we are. They're going to make plays, and it happens with the type of defense we play. People are going to make plays, and they made a play."

As Auburn returned to practice this week to prepare for the Rebels, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says that Powers' attitude has been "great."

"He's a competitor," Muschamp notes. "He's down. He's hurt. But he'll bounce back. He's a good football player and he's played outstanding football for Auburn. He had outstanding coverage on the play and their kid made a really good play."

Powers has been one of the top players on the Auburn defense all season, and he'll have a chance again on Saturday to prove it as the Ole Miss offense likes to take chances down field, says Muschamp.

"They're very explosive offensively and they're making plays down the field with their wideouts," Muschamp notes. "The quarterback (Seth Adams) has really thrown the ball well, but in the last ball game they got down 21 to nothing in the first quarter and kind of changed the complexion of the game with what they were doing. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is an excellent back and they've always done a great job of running the football. They've added the complement of throwing really well in some games this year."

Kickoff from Jordan-Hare is scheduled for 5 p.m. CDT with television on pay per view.

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