"It was a good challenge," sophomore linebacker Josh Bynes says. "That's the type of challenge you want for a defense, a good quarterback and a good running back, that's a good tandem. You have a running back that's not going to give up. I'm proud of the defense and how we held together at the end. We came out striking and made sure the offense had a chance to win the game for us."
The key moment for the defense came on Georgia's last drive. With Auburn coming up short on a fourth-down attempt with just over four minutes left in the game, the defense had to step up to give the team a shot to win the game late. That's exactly what happened as the Bulldogs managed just one first down before having to punt the ball back to the Tigers. Bynes says even though the team came up short he liked what the defense did late in the game.
"The effort was great," Bynes says. "Especially down the line when we really needed the effort. We came out strong in the second half. We were trying to hold them and not give up the big plays. Unfortunately they got a touchdown. Things happen during football. When the offense needed us to make plays, we made plays.
"No matter what the offense does, on defense we're fired up for every play," Bynes adds. "It doesn't matter if they're three and out or punt the ball or fumble the ball, we go out there head first and try to knock somebody out. We just go out there and try to play our game. Regardless of what happens on offense we just try to play our game."
After playing behind the chains for so much this season with an offense that misfired more than it hit, Bynes says he was glad to see the guys come out fighting on Saturday.
"We thought the offense was going to punch it in and get a touchdown so we could go on the field for a celebration," Bynes says. "Unfortunately they didn't, but I'm very proud of our offense. They moved the football. I don't know what to say about them. They did their job and I'm very proud of them."
With one game left in the season to become bowl eligible, the Tigers' biggest focus isn't on that, but on beating arch rival Alabama. Bynes says he senses a different feeling with the team in recent weeks and he hopes that adds up to a victory in the Iron Bowl a week from Saturday.
"It feels a lot different," Bynes says. "This team is coming together through all the things that happened in the beginning of the year. We're going to make the next games lead us positively going into next season."
Kickoiff for Auburn's game at Alabama is 2:30 p.m. CST and it will be televised nationally on CBS.