A whipping at the hands of LSU was tough to take, but Auburn exited that game still having a shot at the conference championship.
Then came Saturday, and a dropped touchdown by wide receiver Ben
Obumanu on the way to a bitter 24-20 home loss to Ole Miss. Now it's all
The Tigers entered the season ranked No. 1 in a pair of polls. The best
Auburn (6-4, 4-2 SEC) can hope for now is to be crowned champions of the
Capital One Bowl or maybe the Cotton Bowl.
"They understand that the only thing that we can shoot for now is to
work our way up the bowl ladder," Tuberville said. "I want these
to go out on a good note and have an opportunity to play and have a good
time in one of the better bowl games. We'll go to one, just depending on
the what we do in the next two games
will decide where we go."
The first of those games is Saturday when the Tigers visit No. 7
Georgia (7-2, 4-2) at 3:30 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. Auburn has won five
straight games in Athens.
"The seniors deserve to win these next two, and we want to win them
them," said junior running back Carnell Williams, who is third in the
SEC in rushing (99 ypg) and fourth in all-purpose yards (122.8). "We
should be able to win our next two and go to a pretty good bowl."
The Tigers are on one of the most unusual streaks in college football.
Auburn has beaten five straight top 10 opponents when it has entered the
game unranked, as it will Saturday.
There are other good signs for the Tigers, mainly the play of
quarterback Jason Campbell, who was a liability the first half of the
season but has improved. He still doesn't make the conference's top 10
in yards per game, but he's fifth in pass efficiency and is completing a
higher percentage of throws than any quarterback in the league other
than LSU's Matt Mauck.
Against Ole Miss, Campbell was 14-of-26 for 231 yards and no
interceptions. It looked like he'd engineered a game-winning drive in
the final 2:39 until Obomanu dropped what would have been a 3-yard
touchdown with 37 seconds left.
"Our confidence in Jason rose tremendously," wide receiver Jeris McIntyre said. "I think his leadership rose, too. He was very vocal in
the huddle and did everything he could to give us a chance to win."
The last three games in this series have been decided in the final two
In 2000, Auburn quarterback Ben Leard scored on a 1-yard dive in
overtime to give the Tigers a 29-26 win. The next season, Georgia's
Jasper Sanks was stopped on the goal line as time ran out on a 24-17
Last season, Georgia clinched the SEC East championship when
David Greene threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Johnson on
fourth-and-15 with less than two minutes remaining.
"It seems like one team takes over and plays the best for the first
three quarters and then the other team wins," Tuberville said. "Last
year, we basically dominated for three quarters but in the fourth
quarter, they made the plays. It's like the last man standing -
everybody's going to throw their best punch. You're going to swing as hard as
you can swing, and then hope to have
something left in the fourth quarter."
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