Football Game Notes & Quotes

Offensive and defensive players discuss Auburn's performance vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior offensive tackle Mark Pera says he doesn't believe it will be difficult for his Tigers to get up off the mat after being steamrollered by a pack of hard-running Razorbacks on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I am ready to play another game right now," Pera said after watching his Tigers fall 38-17 to Arkansas. "That was not us out there. We are going to practice hard and come back ready to play next week."

Auburn's next assignment is on the road. The Tigers will travel to Gainesville to play the Florida Gators in a game being televised by ESPN at 5:45 p.m. Central time from Florida Field.

Pera said that Auburn was able to move the ball reasonably well against the Razorbacks most of the game despite netting just 17 points. "They play a lot of different fronts and stand defensive ends off the line like Mississippi State does. We just have to finish off drives against them. It is about finishing right now because we are going with the right people."

Pera said that he could hear the fans booing quarterback Daniel Cobb, who played the first three quarters before giving way to Jason Campbell in the fourth period. "They were cheering pretty loud against him," Pera noted. "You could definitely hear it. That is kind of unnerving as far as he is concerned, I am sure. That is the way things are some time. I really don't like that at all. It is sad that our students would do that, but that is the way it is. We just have to play through it with Jason or Daniel, whoever is in there."

Sophomore tailback Carnell Williams said that the Razorbacks played a good game and deserved to win. "They did everything physically, mentally, everything--they just outplayed us. They just kicked us all around the field."

Williams said the Tigers plan to get back to practice on Sunday and find a way to improve. "We are going to go out tomorrow and work and try to get better. We have got a young team. We will tell these guys don't give up. We can win out. We still control our own destiny. That is just one loss in the SEC. Our season ain't over."

Williams, who rushed for 99 yards on 24 carries, scored a TD for a sixth consecutive game, making him the first player in Tiger history to do that.

Jeris McIntyre had one of his better receiving performances.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Wide receiver Jeris McIntyre, who caught four passes for a team-high 67 yards, said he didn't notice the booing of Cobb. McIntyre said this year's loss to the Razorbacks feels even worse because it was at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "We usually don't lose in our house," he said...Linebacker Karlos Dansby said that Arkansas did a good job of executing its offense and Auburn didn't do a good job of tackling. "The biggest surprise is that some of our players, I believe, they lost confidence. Some of them lost confidence, some of them didn't. Everybody kept fighting. We just couldn't come out on top."...QB Daniel Cobb said, "I am pretty much speechless right now. It seems hard to see some kind of good out of this at this point--just getting beat at home like this against Arkansas a second year in a row. The season is not over. We still have a shot to win the West and the SEC. So that is what we have to look forward to."...Arkansas running back Fred Talley had a huge game against the Tigers with 21 carries for 241 yards, the most ever against an Auburn team. The old mark was 233 by Bobby Marlow of Alabama in 1951. Talley ran for 161 vs. the Tigers in his other appearance at Jordan-Hare Stadium two years ago. It was the second highest total in Arkansas history behind 271 by Dickey Morton...Damon Duval ended the game with 239 career points, moving ahead of Al Del Greco (1980-83) on the all-time Auburn scoring list.


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