Exceptional Play Of Coleman A Moot Point

Antonio Coleman had a strong performance against the Bulldogs, but it matters about as much as a cow's opinion after giving up 45 points.

Athens, Ga.--Auburn sophomore Antonio Coleman continued his disruptive play from the defensive end position, but didn't have much help as Georgia throttled Auburn 45-20.

"We lost the game," Coleman says. "If we would have won the game I would have been happy. I'm at Auburn to get a win. Unfortunately we came up with the L and it really hurts in a really big game for us."

Coleman led Auburn with eight tackles, all solo, had four tackles in the backfield and sacked Bulldog quarterback Matthew Stafford. He also batted down a screen pass. However, it's tough for anybody on the Auburn defense right now to have a positive outlook on any aspect of the game.

"I don't know after a day like today," defensive coordinator Will Muschamp says. "There aren't a lot of bright spots. We've got to do a better job of coaching and getting them in the right spots. That's two years in a row we have not played well and we are certainly capable of playing better."

Auburn had held four of its last five opponents to seven points or less, but the points came easy for the Bulldogs as they scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions in the second half.

"They kept us off balance with the play-action passing and getting the deep balls down field," Coleman explains. "I want to say they completed eight deep balls down field for 30 or 40 yards. If any team does that, you're going to get an L. We just didn't stop it.

"We were going out and stopping them, then they hit us with the big play," he continues. "The big plays are going to hurt you. They give them momentum and they'll go down and stick it in. It was just too many big plays in the passing game and a couple in the running game."

Among the big plays were a 58-yard touchdown reception by Mohomed Massaquoi on a blown coverage, a 45-yard grab by Sean Bailey, a 26-yard middle screen reception by Tripp Chandler, a 53-yard run by Thomas Brown and a 24-yard TD run by Knowshon Moreno.

The Bulldogs scored more points on the Tigers than any other team in the Tommy Tuberville Era. It was the most points Auburn has allowed since a 56-49 four-overtime loss to Georgia in 1996 and the most points in regulation since Florida beat the Tigers 51-10 during its 1996 national championship season.

"Our defense is too good for that," Coleman says. "We've got to go back this off week, work to get better and get ready for Bama."


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