Lockett, Bolden Shine, But. . .

Brandon Bolden looked like the Brandon Bolden of old Saturday. So did senior DE Kentrell Lockett. But it wasn't enough, as the Rebels fell to Auburn, 41-23, inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Senior DE Kentrell Lockett seemed to have more spring in his step.

Running back Brandon Bolden was running over Auburn Tigers left and right.

But their heroics were not enough to pull the Rebels through and their team dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-5 in the SEC.

"Once again, we seemed to lose our intensity in the second half," said Lockett. "I don't know what it is, but we're losing it."

Lockett has struggled to regain his form this year, but coming of his fourth knee surgery, it's been tough going for one of the leaders of the team.

Against Auburn, however, he registered six tackles, had one tackle for loss and recovered two fumbles on the night.

"I felt real good tonight. All I wanted to do was get on the field and play. I've been talking to the coaches all week that I was ready to get into a groove," he said. "They let me give it a try and I responded. I didn't really feel that much more explosive, I just felt good being out there on a consistent basis.

Kentrell Lockett
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"I got into a groove and felt better and better."

In the first half, the Rebels held Auburn to 76 yards rushing and consequently, were able to take a 17-17 tie into the intermission.

Auburn turned up the heat in the second half, however, and the Rebels didn't match the Tigers' intensity.

"They didn't do anything differently. They just outmanned us. They executed better than we did and seemed to want it more than we did," Lockett said bluntly.

"We're not matching the intensity level that we have in the first half. I don't know why. We have tried everything to get it going, but after halftime, we seem like we can't get back to the level we had in the first half. We'll win if we can learn to match what we are bringing to the first half."

Bolden, who had a foot injury for the first few games, started looking like the Bolden Rebel fans are used to against Arkansas. But against Auburn, fans received a bigger dose – carrying the ball 13 times for 14 yards and two TDs.

"Our running game kind of showed its face again. The O-line was moving people and giving us more than one lane to run through. They were hitting guys," said Bolden. "It was a lot of fun out there tonight for a while. That's what we have to do, but we have to do it for a whole game."

Bolden is not sure what is going on in the third quarter, but he's tired of it.

"I can't put my finger on it, but I don't like it. We start clicking at the end of the game, but that's too late," he noted. "We have to start getting something going out of the halftime locker room. I don't think it's a mental thing. We just have to execute. We're getting sloppy with our execution after halftime."

Bolden was asked about the mood around the program.

"Nobody wants to lose, man," he closed. "Even when we were down early, we weren't worried. We knew we could come back. We knew we could move the ball and score points, but we have to learn to do it for four quarters.

"Everybody is talking the talk. Now we have to walk the walk. I'm not singling out anyone out, we all want to win, but we aren't getting it done. We have to man up and do what we have to do. We have to take care of our responsibilities and take care of our assignments. We'll be fine if we do that."

Two stalwarts played like stalwarts against Auburn, but they didn't get enough help.

As the season winds down, the team needs to heed the advice of those two "oldtimers."

Man up.

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