Powers: Mistakes Costly For Auburn Defense

Auburn defensive back Jerraud Powers talks about the loss to LSU and what went wrong.

Defensive back Jerraud Powers said Auburn's defense didn't get tired Saturday night against LSU; it got confused.

"I don't think it was fatigue," he said. "It was a matter of us lining up and doing our assignments. There was some confusion going on tonight and we've got to watch film and figure that out. It was confusion and us making mistakes instead of LSU beating us. It was us. We weren't in our gaps and doing what we were supposed to do and they were getting six and seven yards a pop."

Auburn lost 26-21 to LSU after taking the lead twice in the game. In the first half, Auburn's defense held the Bengals to 89 rushing yards, a measly 16 passing yards and a field goal. LSU came out swinging in the second half, however, and finished the game with 178 rushing yards and 220 passing yards, including three touchdown catches that won the game.

Auburn had a 21-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, but LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee hit receiver Brandon LeFell for an 18-yard game-winning touchdown catch with just over a minute left in the game.

"It just came down to a matter of making plays," Powers said. "They had success against us running the ball. It was the first time that happened to us all season. (LSU running back Charles) Scott had a hell of a game. He ran hard tonight. We just couldn't stop the run. When they're making five, six yards a down, it's hard to stop a team."

LSU's Scott rushed 21 times for 132 yards.

"They are so talented," Powers said. "They've got running backs that run well, and if they want to air it out, they've got a group of receivers that's pretty darn good."

Powers did his part to help stop LSU. He had three solo tackles and assisted on a fourth. Losing to LSU in the final minute of the game, he said was tough, but now Auburn has to move on. The defense has to figure out why it was confused and fix the problem. It has to get better at stopping the run, he said.

Powers said Auburn hosts Tennessee next week in another big SEC match-up, and that's all the team will be thinking about this week.

"We're gonna be pumped up for it," he said. "It's huge. It's going to be another big game with the same intensity we had tonight. It will be another chance to prove ourselves."

After all, Powers said, the loss to LSU was only one game. The Auburn players aren't counting themselves out of anything yet.

"We've got to prepare for Tennessee," he said. "We're going to move on. In the SEC, anything can happen. LSU lost two games last year and went to the National Championship. We know we are still in this race until the end. We've got to learn from our mistakes and learn how to deal with adversity. Once Monday gets here, it's a new focus and a new attitude. "

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