Marks Says Defense Needs Better Finish

Auburn sophomore defensive end Sen'Derrick Marks talks about the loss to LSU and the struggles on defense in the second half.

Auburn, Ala.--This week has been perhaps the toughest of the year for the Auburn Tigers after losing on a late-second touchdown pass to LSU on the road. After pulling off road victories at Florida and Arkansas and almost getting the win last week, the Tigers now return home to face Ole Miss Saturday evening.

The hardest part of the loss to LSU is, for the third time this season, Auburn held the lead in the second half only to lose the football game. Sophomore defensive end Sen'Derrick Marks says that as a defense they haven't gotten the job done and it's something they'll continue to work to improve.

"For the last couple of big games that we've played it seems like we come back out in the second half and we don't do too good," Marks says. "Teams start driving on us and scoring on us in the second half. I'm not sure if everybody isn't as pumped up as we were in the beginning or if everybody is wore down or their offense went in and regrouped and is running better plays.

"I really don't know what it is. After the game that was brought up. It's just something we've got to work on, coming out in the third quarter strong like we do in the beginning."

Despite the loss to LSU, Auburn more than held its own against the team that many consider the most talented in the country. Improving weekly since starting the season 1-2, Marks says the team can take plenty of positives out of last week's game, but in the end it still comes down to winning and losing.

"It gives you a boost and it brings you down, especially when it comes down to the last play of the game," Marks says. "I look at it as two great teams playing. There are only two options you can have. You're either going to win or you're going to lose. We came out on the short end. We just have to get over that game and get on to the next one."

Getting on to the next game means getting ready for an Ole Miss team featuring power back Benjarvus Green-Ellis and one of the top offensive lines in the league. Quarterback Seth Adams has been very good at times this season and the Rebels feature a very underrated receiving corps. Still, Marks says it begins and ends with the running game for Ole Miss.

"What I see personally and what we got from a scouting report is that they are downhill running and physical," Marks says. "It seems like always play tough against tougher teams. I saw the team against Alabama, how they came out and played tough. You just have to get ready for downhill power running. That's how they have been since I have been here."

Auburn now finds itself on the outside looking in as the race for Atlanta draws to a close. Essentially two games behind LSU and needing to win out to even have a chance, Marks says more than that it comes down to pride. In 2007 this Auburn team has already played through plenty of adversity and Marks says all they can do to handle Saturday's tough loss is to get back on the winning track.

"Just like when we lost the first two, the only way to get rid of a sour taste is to go out and win the next couple of games," Marks says. "That's what we're going to try to do."

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