AUBURN, Ala. — Everyone in Jordan-Hare Stadium recognized Auburn as the far superior team Saturday — Louisiana-Monroe included.
Auburn scored a touchdown on its opening possession, and the Tigers built on that advantage throughout the non-conference contest. After the 58-7 defeat, Louisiana-Monroe players and coaches talked about the tough matchup with Auburn.
Here’s what they had to say:
ULM coach Matt Viator on how Auburn won: “I think it was a little bit of both (personnel and misdirection). They have some good schemes, No. 1. And No. 2, it had to do a lot with their personnel. They are a good team. We were out of position on that one play-action. I’m not sure what happened when the guy was wide open running down the field in the first half. Other than that, it seemed like we had guys there. We just couldn’t get them down when we needed to.”
Viator on first-half mistakes: “No question we had a few chances, but then we had a big turnover. I think we were down 7-0 at the time so we had a chance there, but then we fumbled the next play. When you have chances, you have to make the most of them, obviously, and we didn’t.”
Wide receiver Ajalen Holley on missed chances: “I know we left a lot out there today. It hurts, but it is over with now. I know a lot of plays that were meant to be made that we didn’t make.”
Linebacker Chase Day on Auburn’s run game: “Auburn used a lot of eye candy. They run a very complex offense. We all needed to be doing our jobs and look at their keys. Once people get away from the job they are supposed to be doing, then that is when they hit a big play.”
Day on challenging schedule so far (the Warhawks also played at Oklahoma and lost 59-17): “I think we have played the best teams we are going to play all year. I know that when we get ready to play Idaho next week that we will be ready.”