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Oct. 4, 2008

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Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
Opening statement...
"I want to congratulate Vanderbilt, they played hard, they played well, they made plays in the second half when we didn't make any. I want to thank our players for how they played, in terms of their effort. We played hard. I thought that they figured out a few things defensively on our offense in the second half. We weren't able to run the ball; I think maybe we had four yards in the second half. You can't beat anybody doing four yards. I apologize to the players for not giving them a chance in that second half. We didn't make very good adjustments. You can't take anything away from Vanderbilt. I'm not going to make a bunch of excuses. They played well all year long. They made plays. In the first half we had one penalty and in the second half we had ten penalties and you're not going to beat anybody doing that. This one is my fault and we're going to go back to work tomorrow."

On Vanderbilt's defensive adjustments...
"They put eight or nine people up there and forced us to throw it and we came out and threw it and scored the touchdown on the second drive. We didn't have any rhythm from then on. We couldn't run it. We tried both quarterbacks and they played us a little in the second half, got in our face, gave us bad plays, got in long yard situations. We're not making any excuses. We lost this game; I did. Our players didn't lose it in terms of their effort. Vanderbilt played with enthusiasm the whole game and we kept reaching for something but could never find anything.

On Auburn's passing game...
"You got to start with what they did on defense. We tried to attack them with crossing routes. We didn't have enough time to throw it at times. They did a good job of zone blitzing and bringing five guys and it seemed like we never picked a guy up. We tried to cut the screens. It seemed like the only thing we could do to get going was to get a penalty."

On improving the offense...
"We've got to turn it around. We scored two touchdowns tonight. That's about half of what we scored the first three games. We'll go back and we'll look at it and see who's healthy. Our protection broke down when we were throwing the ball. When you can't run the ball, you can't slow them down. In the second half, they got us on our heels and started bring people and we didn't have time to get it off."

On preventing lapses...
"We'll have another game next week and then we'll have an open date. We need that; it's been a pretty long haul. Especially defensively, they played a lot of plays and had their backs against a wall. We just need to find some answers on offense and until we do that, it doesn't make a lot of difference. These kids will come back tomorrow and get after it again. They know it's a tough loss. We knew it was going to be a tough game coming in here. We didn't make any plays in the second half."

On the Auburn offensive line...
"The chemistry is there. We didn't create any running game. When we lost our running game they started bringing guys. You can't block them all. You have to find the open receiver really quick, and we're not good enough to do that right now."

On Mackenzi Adams...
"He did good. That's the third backup quarterback a team has brought in on us and done pretty well. He did well against us last year. He threw the ball well. They hit us on deep crossing routes. Him sprinting out was a big key to the game. He threw it on the money on the run. They made plays. It's not like we didn't give them anything."

Auburn Player Quotes
Kodi Burns
How are you feeling about the fourth quarter?...
We played terrible. It's just a bad deal overall... it's just a bad deal, it's not a good feeling.

What could you have done differently to win this game?...
We kind of got away from doing our bread and butter, which is running the ball.

How are you feeling about the pressure from this game?...
It's really hard to come into a game like this. We were picked to win, we were the higher ranking, and we just couldn't come away with a win.

What is the feeling in the locker room right now?...
A lot of guys are upset, a lot of them. We just have to pick up and move on. It's another game next week and then a bye week after that. We have to keep pushing.

Montez Billings
Was Vanderbilt better than advertised?...
I don't know about that. I think it's our fault. We couldn't make plays, we couldn't push the ball.

What was frustrating about the second half?...
Week after week, you come in and it's something about the offense. Yeah, it's really frustrating because it's always something and this time it was penalties. We just have to make progress.

Mario Fannin
Opening Statement...
We gotta make some changes. We made too many errors today.

Do you have the players available to make the changes?...
That's the coaches' decision. It's our responsibility to go out there and win and we didn't do that today.

Is the two quarterback system frustrating or disruptive to the offense?...
Not at all, I think it's an asset. We just have to learn how to utilize it and make an advantage rather than a point of confusion. We have the ability to confuse other teams, but we weren't able to use Chris (Todd) and Kodi (Burns) to our advantage tonight.