For LSU fans, Saturday night’s 18-13 loss to Auburn was one they can’t wait to forget. But for Auburn fans, the game was simply unforgettable.
After the game, Auburn’s players and head coach Gus Malzahn answered questions ranging from what was going through their heads during the final official review to how they feel they corralled Leonard Fournette.
Here’s a list of some of the best and most interesting quotes from the Auburn side postgame:
- “I was heartbroken at first,” senior wide receiver Tony Stevens said of the game’s ending. “I was thinking we can’t lose like this! Then I heard people saying, ‘He didn’t snap the ball fast enough.’ (When) they called it back, I was (excited). It made me happy.”
- “There was only one second on the clock and I knew they were going to wind it,” Malzahn added about the ending. “When he did and the clock hit zero, I was pretty confident that time had already expired. … I knew that the clock went to zero. It was just a matter of going up to the booth and confirming.”
- “(Defensive coordinator Kevin) Steele stressed playing lights out, stopping the run and just pulling the pin,” junior safety Tray Matthews said about Auburn’s defensive showing. “He kept saying all week, ‘Pull the trigger. Don’t hesitate, don’t shuffle feet. Just go. If you miss them, you miss them. You’ll slow them down.’ That’s what we did.”
- “We worked on it all week, and we knew we had to respect our opponent and so we just met the challenge,” sophomore linebacker Darrell Williams said of not letting LSU running back Leonard Fournette beat them.
- “It’s very frustrating. What’s most important is we got the win, but we are going to have to correct our issues in the red zone,” sophomore quarterback Sean White said of LSU’s red-zone defense. “We need to turn some of those field goals into touchdowns, there’s no doubt. We were very close with a lot of fourth-and-1s, but we have to score touchdowns. Like I said, we won the game and that’s what matters.”
- “Playing against a defense like that in the fourth quarter means getting bruised and banged up. However, we wanted this. I wanted this so if I had to go 15 more, I had to run it because I wanted to win that badly,” sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson said of the nature of LSU’s defense. “It didn’t matter to me if I got beat up or bruised because we had to go out there and win.
- “LSU is a good energy football team,” sophomore linebacker Deshaun Davis said of Fournette and the LSU offense. “They have probably one of the best running backs in college football. They were very physical. However, we accepted the challenge. We put out our defensive line, which created a line of scrimmage there to snap.”