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Auburn's determination: 'We'll come together from here...'
Oct. 12, 2014

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Duke Williams and Auburn fought on against Mississippi State


By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com
 
STARKVILLE, Miss.  Auburn woke up on the wrong side of a 38-23 score Sunday, but Sammie Coates says it's not the end of the football world.
 
He speaks from experience.
 
"Last year, we lost to LSU and ended up playing for the national championship. You never know what's going to happen. We'll keep playing and keep getting better," the Auburn receiver said after his Tigers lost to Mississippi State on a sometimes-rainy, most-definitely dreary Saturday for Auburn at Scott Field.
 
Three Tigers' turnovers led to three short Mississippi State touchdown drives, and while the Bulldogs tried to be generous with their own turnovers, Auburn had trouble cashing in. The Tigers trailed 21-0 before slowing coming back, closing to within eight points in the second quarter and again in the third quarter. Auburn fell to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. Mississippi State improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC.
 
Two players who made big plays said the comeback from such a big deficit showed the Tigers will play on. Jonathan Jones, who had two interceptions, and Duke Williams, who had six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, said Auburn tried its best to stay in the game.
 
"We never felt out of it," Jones said. "Coach always tells us to be focused. We might face adversity, and we did face adversity, and we tried our best to fight out of it. 
 
"One loss doesn't put you out."
 
Williams said the Tigers "gelled together. It was a little bit too late. We'll come together from here and take nothing for granted."

"Nobody likes to lose, but we have to accept that fact. Last year, we did lose and still made it to the national championship" game.
 
No. 3 Mississippi State won and will move up in the polls. No. 2 Auburn lost and will regroup during a bye week. It's not the end, especially in the SEC West, and because the Top 4 teams in the country will qualify for the new national playoffs.
 
Auburn can look forward to that, to playing South Carolina in its next game, and to put the two quick turnovers that led to two quick Mississippi State touchdowns Saturday in the history books.
 
"You've got to learn from this," said coach Gus Malzahn. "We've had a setback, similar to this last year. There are a lot of champions in that locker room. They're disappointed. They're great competitors. They'll be committed to getting better."
 
Center Reese Dismukes said the turnovers didn't single the end, even against Mississippi State.
 
"Our guys fought hard," he said. "We didn't come out with a win, but we never had our heads down. There were some things that didn't go our way, and that happens sometimes. You've just got to keep your head up and try to move forward, and I think we did that tonight, even though we didn't come out on top.
 
"We've been in that situation before. We had no doubt in our mind we could put up a fight."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:

 

 

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