Sept. 14, 2008
The No. 10 Auburn football team began preparing for Saturday's showdown with No. 6 LSU with a brief practice in shells Sunday afternoon at the practice fields behind the Athletics Complex.
After a physical 3-2 victory at Mississippi State Saturday night, the Tigers limited contact during Sunday's practice to help the team refresh before Saturday's game. The workout opened with special teams and also included work against the scout team.
Following practice, defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said he was pleased with the performance of his defensive group against Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs were limited to just six first downs and 115 yards of offense, including 38 on the ground.
"We played extremely hard," said Rhoads. "We executed well. We knew we had to maintain our gaps if we wanted to be successful stopping the run, and we did that."
Meanwhile, the offense struggled to put points on the scoreboard despite totaling 315 yards of offense. The Tigers were hampered by 12 penalties and three turnovers.
"It was hard to overcome the penalties and three fumbles," said offensive coordinator Tony Franklin. "Every time we seemed to get something going, we'd shoot ourselves in the foot. But the main thing is, I thought the players played hard and gave good effort."
The victory over Mississippi State improved Auburn's record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference. On Saturday, the Tigers will face sixth-ranked LSU, which improved to 2-0 with a 41-3 victory over North Texas. Saturday will mark the first SEC game of the season for LSU.
Saturday's game will kick off at 6:45 p.m. CT and will be nationally televised by ESPN.