Auburn’s defense was torched for a season-worst 558 yards in a 27-19 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. Defensive lineman Carl Lawson took the brunt of the blame.
Lawson apologized for failing to make a difference during the game, according to The Opelika-Auburn News’ Tom Green. The sophomore tallied one tackle and three quarterback hits in his first game back from a hip injury that he sustained in the first half against Louisville in Week 1.
Week 1 might feel like eons ago for Auburn. The Tigers had SEC championship and national title aspirations entering the season. Those dreams came crashing to a halt after Auburn lost by 24 against LSU and then by eight to Mississippi State in consecutive weeks.
Auburn switched quarterbacks after three games and has struggled to find continuity with the running game. Disastrous defensive performances like the one on Saturday have not been uncommon this season. Despite all of these problems, Lawson said his team will find a way to recover.
“We will bounce back because this is Auburn and that’s what we do,” Lawson said according to Bryan Matthews.
Auburn fell to 4-4 after the loss. The Tigers will have to win two of its next four games just to become bowl eligible. Auburn will travel to Texas A&M next weekend before hosting Georgia, Idaho and Alabama. Few expected Auburn’s season to sink so rapidly, but coach Gus Malzahn echoed Lawson’s confidence during his post-game press conference.
Confidence will need to be abundant for the Tigers if they hope to wrap up a difficult season in a respectable manner.