What Gus Malzahn said after Auburn's heartbreaking loss to LSU
The No. 7 Auburn Tigers suffered a 22-21 loss to No. 12 LSU on Saturday, thanks to a last-second field goal by Cole Tracy.
It was a neck-and-neck affair the whole way, after LSU jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, Auburn fought back to claim a four-point halftime lead. LSU scored nine unanswered points in the fourth quarter and Auburn struggled to stop Joe Burrow and the Tigers’ offense from moving the chains for the majority of the second half.
Coach Gus Malzahn addressed the media after the tough loss on Saturday, here’s what he said:
“Obviously a tough way to lose at home, we had a long winning streak here. Losing that way was extremely tough,” said Malzahn. “Give them (LSU) credit, they made plays at the end and we didn’t. It was a dogfight from the get-go. We had the turnover early and they got the score, we got behind, we dug ourselves out of the hole and took a halftime lead.”
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With a game as close as this one, turnovers are absolute back-breakers, and Malzahn made sure to point that out to everyone.
“The turnovers, we had two on offense and didn’t have any on defense.”
Jarrett Stidham struggled early in the game before he ultimately found his rhythm. He threw a first-quarter interception that allowed LSU to start its drive in field-goal range. When asked about that turnover, Malzahn didn’t want to blame the early mistake for how the game ultimately turned out.
He (Stidham) just threw it a little behind him … but with that being said, we still got the lead at halftime, you know, so you just got to overcome things like that, everything ain’t going to go perfect, you’re going to have things happen. I was proud of our team to fight back at halftime and take the lead. Like I said, it just kind of comes down to the fourth quarter, and not stopping them and us having third and long’s, getting behind the chains, and I think that’s what it comes down to.”
Auburn racked up over 100 yards in penalties on Saturday, when asked if he had ever seen this many flags thrown in a Week 3 game, Malzahn simply said, “there were some tough ones, there were some tough ones.”