Thompson Praises Dawgs, Looks to Bama

Comments from Auburn defensive lineman Josh Thompson are featured.

Athens, Ga.--Nobody on the Auburn football team wanted to beat Georgia more than Josh Thompson did.

The senior noseguard from Statesboro, Ga., got up in front of his teammates last Sunday and talked about the importance of finishing the regular season with wins over rivals Georgia and Alabama.

On Saturday night in Athens, in his last game vs. the Georgia Bulldogs, Thompson contributed four solo tackles, but it wasn't enough to stop the men in black who rallied with four uncontested second half touchdowns to knock off Auburn 45-20 at Sanford Stadium.

"That was pretty tough, especially being from Georgia," Thompson said. "They just came out and played hard and made big plays when they needed to and we didn't make big plays when we needed to.

"You have to hand it to them," Thompson said. "They played well and we didn't."

Thompson said the Tigers will look at game video on Monday "to see what went wrong." With their first off-week coming up after 11 straight games without a break, the Tigers won't have their regular practice on Sunday.

"They were making plays in the running game when they needed to and in the throwing game when they needed to," said Thompson, who added, "I don't think we executed third down very well tonight."

The numbers back up the senior's theory. The Bulldogs converted 8-13 third downs and were one of one on fourth down. UGA moved into the red zone five times and scoreD on each trip.

Thompson said as disappointing as the loss is to the Bulldogs, it won't affect Auburn's performance in the upcoming regular season finale vs. Alabama a week from Saturday.

"It won't be hard," he said. "We will just pick our hats and start back at it. Alabama is the biggest game of the year for us. We will come back at it hard this week."

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