Sept. 22, 2013
Auburn's Tre Mason has pushes LSU's Micah Eugene away (AP photo)
By Charles Goldberg
BATON ROUGE, La. — It's a bye week for Auburn after four weeks of preseason camp and four weeks of football games, and all that hard work has earned the Tigers...
...a practice today, the day after losing to LSU 35-21.
"Stay focused, stay in the film room," said running back Tre Mason of his week.
Auburn, losing for the first time this year, made a game of it Saturday night at LSU after falling behind 21-0. The Tigers closed the gap in the fourth quarter to 35-21, then took a shot an on-sides kick and later made it inside the LSU 10.
Mason helped get Auburn there with 132 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving. Last year's 1,000-yard rusher made it to 100 yards for the first time this season, and for the first time in his career against an SEC opponent.
He's the third Auburn running back to eclipse 100 yards this season, following Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne. The Tigers are fourth in the SEC in rushing offense.
Auburn struggled in the first half, and two early mistakes put the Tigers in a 14-0 hole in the first five minutes. But Auburn kept trying.
"That's what we preach every day: Plan on never quitting until the clock hits zero," Mason said. "We did all we could to fight back. Of course, we're not happy with the 'L', but I'm proud of my teammates for never quitting.
"We fought back like grown men. We're never going to quit. We're just looking forward to getting better."
Auburn left Tiger Stadium with a 3-1 overall record and a 1-1 SEC mark. The Tigers don't play this coming Saturday, a rest day before playing Ole Miss at home Oct. 5. Mason can circle that date, because, "we can't look at the past. We've got to continue to get better."
"I'm happy with where we're going. A lot of guys who were here last year know how it felt. We don't want to go through that again."
Instead, Mason will go "go back and correct those things," like the early mistakes against LSU.
"We're still going forward and upward trying to be one of the best teams in the nation," he said.
Auburn and LSU showed amazing offensive balance. LSU rushed for 228 yards and passed for 299. Auburn rushed for 213 and passed for 224.
Mason helped Auburn's stats by running and catching.
"I feel like our running game was the strong point of our team. We got to it. The O-Line did great. They did their job and I had to do mine, that's either finding a way over somebody, through somebody or around somebody," he said.
"Whatever it takes to win, whatever it takes to make the team better, that's what I'm for."
Video: Tre Mason says the Tigers are still fighting
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine