Dorsey has breakout in Tiger loss

AUBURN, Ala. - Through the first three games of LSU's 2006 season, Glenn Dorsey has shown he is a force to be reckoned with for opposing offensive coordinators. That fact was made abundantly clear by Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges, who adjusted his scheme to stay clear of Dorsey during the second half of the Bayou Bengals' 7-3 loss.

By the time the first 30 minutes of play had passed, Dorsey had accumulated 1.5 sacks, including a solo hit when he was unblocked that dropped Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox for a seven-yard loss.          


"The best sack is a free sack," Dorsey said. "I'll take that any day. We had great schemes going on, and we kind of had them confused a little bit."


Dorsey credits his coaches with putting him in the right situations.


"My coaches just put me in the right situations to make the right plays," Dorsey said. "Coach (Bo) Pelini is a very intelligent guy, as is Coach (Earl) Lane. They just try to put us in the right situations. I just try to capitalize on great coaching."


Ultimately Dorsey ended the day with eight total tackles, three of which were of the solo variety and three of which went for losses. But after a first half in which Auburn netted a paltry 60 yards, Dorsey could do little more than watch as the Tigers of the Plains redirected their offensive attack.        


"You got to give credit where credit is due," Dorsey said. "They came out with the right mindset, and that one drive they just put it in the end zone. We messed up on a few things, but I'm still proud to be a Tiger. We're going to come out and give our best effort next week. We're still a great team."


Auburn's offense ate up more than half of the second quarter with a 16-play, 61-yard drive that took 8:31 off of the clock. But LSU got a bit of early fortune when the possession ended with a missed field goal by John Vaughn.


Despite Vaughn's miscue, that drive seemed to be the point where Auburn began countering Dorsey's side of the ball by moving quarterback Brandon Cox away from the pressure he and Chase Pittman were bringing.


"To tell you the truth, I was just happy to get off of the field," Dorsey said. "That was a long drive, man. As a defense we came together. That's what we're conditioned for, those long drives. We just have to leave it out there on the field. We were fortunate to come out with the upper hand on that particular situation."


Auburn's touchdown drive, which ended with 4:53 to go in the third quarter, consumed 6:43 off of the clock, lasted 12 plays and covered 75 yards. It was the Plains Tigers' second-longest drive of the season from a time perspective and ended with Cox diving across the goal line from one yard out.


Even Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville admitted it was difficult to find ways to move the ball against Dorsey and LSU's stifling defense.


"There weren't going to let Kenny (Irons) run the ball, and we weren't going to let them run the ball," Tuberville said. "I don't know what Kenny got, probably 70 yards. He earned every bit of it. That is like 150 against anybody else. Their defensive line was very active. They penetrated, and they keyed on Kenny."


On their only scoring drive Auburn picked up four first downs, including a 1-for-1 showing on third down. After converting on just 3-of-8 third down tries in the first half, Auburn was 3-of-4 in that category over the course of the final two quarters of the game.


"They have great coaches like we have great coaches," Dorsey said. "You go in at halftime, you adjust. We still did a good job getting pressure on him (Cox). They made big plays when they needed to."


As his offensive counterparts tried desperately to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the end, Dorsey admitted he was on his knees, willing the win to happen. But even Dorsey, with all of his strength, couldn't make it happen. Even so, the 6'2", 284-pound defensive tackle stated there is no where else he would rather have been.


"Another Auburn-LSU battle, man," Dorsey said. "This is the SEC right here, man. You've got to love it. I wouldn't want to be in another place other than Saturday, Auburn versus LSU."


LSU's loss, which effectively puts them two games behind Auburn in the race for the SEC Western Division title, is a hard pill for Dorsey to swallow, but anything can happen. And while he was admittedly bitter about the loss, by Sunday it would be time to move on.


"Tomorrow is a new day," Dorsey said. "That's the good thing about it. We get to come together, have a good practice, have a good week of practice and just play hard next weekend."

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