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Sept. 20, 2008

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Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
"It was a heck of a football game as it always is. It is always decided by a few points and there was no difference tonight. They made a few more plays than we did. Their receivers outran us on some crossing routes that got us into trouble a little bit. We just didn't close on them quick enough in the second half. The trick play got us on the one touchdown.

"I was proud of our offense fighting back and getting the lead for us and then our punting let us down. We didn't kick a very good punt. In a game like this, it is about everybody and everybody doing their share. Some areas didn"t do as well as we hoped to. In the first half on defense we played awesome. In the second half, they got something going in the passing game. They stayed with it and it opened up their running game and kept us off balance a little bit. They had a good game plan. They have an excellent football team.

"We took a major step forward. We played much better than we did last week. I was proud of the offense. At times, we started executing and we didn't have the crazy penalties that we had last week or the turnovers. We are not satisfied obviously with losing the game. That's hard fought. We had the lead, lost it, had the lead again, lost it and we have a disappointed bunch of guys in that locker room because we thought with the way we played at times, we should have won. Again, when you play good football teams you have to play every play. They made a few more plays than we did."

On Punter Clinton Durst not playing...
"Durst got the flu on Tuesday and his fever didn't break until this morning. We were fortunate he was able to come out and warm up just in case we needed him. Obviously, you can"t average 37 yards a punt against these guys. You look at their side, they averaged 48 yards a punt. Special teams was a major factor and field position, especially on a couple of crucial drives."

On Gabe McKenzie's interception return for a touchdown
"He made a big play. Our defense has been making big plays all year. It's good to see him have some success. We fought hard on defense. I thought we got tired a little bit. When they started going what we call trips with three receivers on one side and one receiver to the other they just outran us on some speed routes and the quarterback made the throw. In a couple of games, even the games that they had won, they hadn"t thrown those passes very well. He got the hot hand there in the third quarter and kept us off balance and that was pretty much a part of it."

On Auburn's second-to-last possession...
"We weren't trying to run the air out of the ball. It was just doing what they were giving us and of course, the thing that they were giving us at the time was forcing us to try to run the ball to see if they could make the tackles. I thought Tony (Franklin) called a good game. I thought it was a game where we found out a lot about ourselves. We made some big plays, made some big throws and had some runs. I would hope we would have 125 yards rushing this game and we had 70, but some of that is taken away with a couple of sacks. For us to win in this offense or any offense, you have to get the ball down the field on the ground some, but we won"t play many defenses like that. That was about as strong as we will see. They have speed. They cover a lot of ground and we still executed. We still had a few yards and a few big plays, some consistent drives and a little bit better than we have had in the past."

On LSU"s game winning drive...
"Yes, but the way it worked out, we were going to need those if we didn"t get the sack. We had the ball at the 50 yard line with 3 time outs left. I was watching the clock, but I didn"t want to waste them."

Did you think about playing Kodi Burns?...
"Chris (Todd) was doing pretty good throwing the ball. They were forcing us to throw the ball. They had eight men on the line of scrimmage and they were going to see if we could get the ball down the field and we did. Heck, we threw the ball for 250 yards and made some plays and made some good throws. In a game like that, it is just hard. We felt like at times we would need Kodi to run the football, but we felt like we kept them off balance pretty good with Chris. It is just hard to imagine going into the game and you get the game going and we have a 14-3 lead, that you are moving the football and don"t just change it to change it."

On Brad Lester...
"Brad Lester is fine. He is just a little sore. Dr. (James) Andrews evaluated him. He could have come back into the game. It was a twisted ankle-knee."

On not kicking a 50 yard and 48 yard field goal in the third quarter...
"It was into the wind. We charted it during warmup and it was less than 50 percent from that distance. Of course, we had one decent drive (to open the second half) where we got the ball down to somewhere around the 20 yard line and we took a couple loss downs, had a run loss for about 6 yards and had a sack that knocked us out of field goal range. Those are things that we have to correct. That is game management and we didn"t do a very good job there to get at least 3 points back."

LSU Head Coach Les Miles
Opening statement...
"I give great credit to the Auburn team. I thought they played really well. They came up with a great plan, they were smart and they played hard. We expected a battle. For my team, I thought they showed great poise. We gave up seven points early and as a team we improved. We knew we had receivers and quarterbacks that could do that. To be tested away and by a very capable opponent and answering that test is just what this team needed. We did not play great football. We are much more capable than how we played tonight. We, like Auburn, can improve.

"This victory over Auburn will be a great game to teach from. Our coaches and players will have the resolve to eliminate those penalties and not turn the ball over; continue to run the football like Charles Scott, a 100-yard back here at Auburn; continue to throw the football like Jarrett Lee. It was a good start to conference play but there are a lot of games left."

On the maturity of Jarrett Lee... "We have all seen Jarrett throw and play and just getting him comfortable on the field and with the calls, that was really the issue. You watch him out there today and you could see that he was having a lot of fun. He certainly plays and enjoyed the competitive times."

On the halfback pass for a touchdown...
"It's something that we do. It happened to be the right time for that play. We needed a fast score. We didn't really plan for it until this week."

On what he said to Jarrett Lee after Auburn returned an interception for a touchdown
"He's done that before because we throw the football a lot; in scrimmages and practices, and frankly against all of our opponents. Auburn made a great call, he needs to just throw that one into the seats. He understood that. The great thing about competitive people is that it's not the last play, it's the next play, and he went on to make a bunch of more plays."

On the onside kick...
"We felt like we had a decent call there. Our guys really pursue excellence in those types of plays, so when I have someone who has skill, it wouldn"t be right for me not to call those types of plays."

On the LSU running game...
"We played real physical. Our tight ends are real physical and our offensive line is really big and powerful. The fullback pounds it in real good. When you try to make a tackle on a 220-pound back, it's really hard, so there's a physicality that we take a lot of pride in."

Auburn Player Quotes
Auburn Defensive Back Jerraud Powers
On LSU's offensive success in second half...
"It was our fault, we should have won that game. We did not stop the run and you are not going to win a game like this if you do not stop the run. We are going to have to go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes."

On LSU's big plays in the second half...
"They had a couple big plays, the second was busted coverage. That is a bunch of great receivers - big, strong and fast."

On where the team goes from here...
"This was not game 12. Of course we are going to be down after losing the game, but we are just going to learn from our mistakes and get better each week."

Auburn Defensive End Gabe McKenzie
On the game and LSU"s offensive line...
"Every year this game depends on a few points. Some of us were not lining up right and we had a couple of busted plays. They have a big line and a talented backfield."

On his second-quarter interception return for touchdown...
"The quarterback double-pumped, I saw the ball coming in over my head and I went up and caught it. It was a blessing, I just wanted to get to the sidelines and celebrate with the team."

Auburn Defensive Lineman Sen Derrick
Marks On the LSU offense...
"We knew coming into the game they had a big offensive line and a strong running back. We did a good job at first, but when they got loose they were all over us. In the second half, they came out and we had our guard down."

On the LSU offensive line...
"It is a big, physical line. Every one of those guys is a NFL prospect. They play on a whole other level than most offensive lines you go against."

On LSU"s second-half offense...
"They were not doing too many different things from the first half. But, once they started getting the run going, we could not stop them and they kept rolling. First things first, you have to stop the run and we did not do that."

Auburn Quarterback Chris Todd
Thought's on the offense's performance...
"I have to watch the film before I say anything. There are a lot of things that I can improve on. There were some key parts of the game where we needed to take the ball down the field and score. I thought everyone battled their butts off all game. We left it all out on the field."

Thoughts on the LSU defense...
"LSU has a heck of a defense. They are all fast and they are big and physical on their defensive line. They can all run. Our guys did a good job. We did some good things, it just wasn"t enough."

On the loss...
"It's obviously tough, especially a big game like this. I thought we did enough. They are a heck of a team. You have to expect that. It was a tough loss and hopefully we will learn from it and come back next week."

On the offense's play...
"I thought we did some good things tonight, especially in this atmosphere and this type of game. We are still getting better and I think we will continue to do that. Every game we should get better."

On the last play...
"We actually had something coming from the left side but it ended up getting flushed out. I tried to make a play and it just wasn"t quite enough."

Auburn Wide Receiver Robert Dunn
Thought's on the offense's performance...
"We were a lot better than we did last week. The quarterbacks put a lot more trust in the receivers to make plays. We made some plays, but unfortunately we didn"t make enough plays and we are just going to come out tomorrow and work harder in practice. We have another big game coming up next week (Tennessee)."

On improvements for next week...
"We need to work on just finishing. We need to capitalize on all the little things. We had too many third-and-twos that we didn"t convert. I felt like that hurt us at the beginning of the game. We had a good drive going and ended up getting a third and two, and we didn"t convert it. I think we need to work on converting third downs a lot more."

Auburn Running Back Ben Tate
On his touchdown...

"It was just a regular zone to the right. The lineman came out good and Eric Smith had a good block; it was basically just a walk in."

On LSU being able to stop the run...
"LSU has a great defense. They are one of the best defenses we will face all year. We just have to finish games, that"s all it comes down to."

On what he needs to work on this week...
"I just need to work on getting better, doing the little things and learning how to finish."

LSU Player Quotes
Running Back Charles Scott
On being the first LSU player get 100 yards against Auburn this season...
"Right now I am thinking it was the hardest 100 yards of my life. They have a great defense, but I know our defense played hard and we wanted to win.

On encouraging quarterback Jarrett Lee after his interception in the second quarter...
"I just kept telling him to stay focused. We are all going to make mistakes, but we are going to stay in it and fight together.

On recovering after starting quarterback Andrew Hatch's injury...
"It was good that we have been running two quarterbacks since camp. So, just because he went down does not mean we are going to miss a beat. When (Jarrett) Lee stepped in, we just kept rolling.

On getting the come-from-behind victory...
"It was a great comeback. We expected to have to come from behind. It does not matter if it is LSU vs. Auburn, LSU, vs. Georgia, or any SEC team, we expect to play a game like this. We prepared ourselves mentally, we knew we were going to be playing a four-quarter game. We went all-out tonight."

Quarterback Jarrett Lee
On coming in after starting quarterback Andrew Hatch's injury...
"It was unfortunate that he went down, but I knew I had to come in and make plays. In the first half, I made some poor decisions, but in the second half I knew I had to come back and make some plays for my team."

On the second half comeback...
"I knew the receivers were getting open and the offensive line was blocking, so I had to make the plays."

On the second-quarter interception...
"The defense was not even set, I tried to snap the ball fast and get it out to Keiland Williams, but the defense got to the right place at the right time and scored." On returning in the second half."

"I knew I would get back in. I just knew when the opportunity came to me, I had to make the right decisions. Unfortunately, I did not make the right decisions the first time, but when they called my name again, I came through."

Receiver Brandon LaFell
On winning after losing in Auburn in 2006...
"I was hoping that I would have a couple situations where I could make big plays. I was not happy when I turned the ball over and then when I saw (Andrew) Hatch go down, I knew I had to step up, stay focused and make the big plays when it was my time."

On Jarrett Lee's performance...
"Everybody was pretty down when we went into the lockerroom at halftime and he came in there and kept us motivated. He kept talking about how we have been there before and then when we got back on the field, he kept giving us opportunities to make big plays as receivers. I kept looking for the ball every time. As a receiver, you want the ball to come to you and you want to make the big plays."

Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean-Francois
On the second-half stop...
"Everybody was told to get the stop. Our offense was moving and we need to keep moving because we kind of struggled in the first half.

On 15-yard penalty...
"I just told everyone that we needed to calm down. We are a team that doesn't really get down. Other teams would, but we don't."

On how big of a win it was for LSU...
"It was a great big win. This game is based a lot on tradition with the home team and we broke that tonight."

Defensive End Tyson Jackson
On the defensive stop to start the second half...
"We had pretty much figured out their offense. They made a few big plays, but that was because of our missed assignments. We were able to come together as a team and make the big play."

On how big of a win it was for LSU...
"This is probably one of our biggest wins. We played great the whole game and we were able to move the ball down the field."

On covering the spread offense...
"We handled it pretty well. We were prepared for it and we were able to adjust on the run."