Monday’s Sugar Bowl got off to a hot start for the Auburn Tigers.

Coach Gus Malzahn’s squad held an early lead and only trailed 14-13 at halftime. However, the Oklahoma Sooners dominated the second half and pulled away for a 35-19 victory.

After the game, Malzahn said his team was disappointed, but he was proud of the season overall.

Here’s what the Auburn coach had to say early Tuesday morning after the game:

On QB Sean White’s arm injury:

On deciding to punt on a key fourth-down play:

On overcoming adversity in 2016, according to

“We played a very tough schedule. We had some tough injuries,” Malzahn said. “I guess probably the best way (to describe the season) is we overcame a lot of obstacles to get here. We are disappointed we didn’t win.

“We’re losing some great leadership, but we have got a bunch of talented young guys.”

On having a bright future in 2017:

Auburn will open the 2017 season against Georgia Southern on Sept. 2.