Sean White delivers for Auburn against Arkansas
By Charles Goldberg
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Quarterback Sean White, team leader, didn't dwell on what could have been, wouldn't entertain talk of the catches that never were.
"They made a lot of great plays, too," White said of his receivers. "It's part of the game. I'm sure I made some bad throws. It was a team thing."
White, the redshirt freshman, had his best game as Auburn's starting quarterback in his fourth-ever college game, but not even that could prevent Arkansas from beating the Tigers 54-46 in a wild four-overtime game Saturday in Razorback Stadium.
It was White who marched Auburn down the field in the final minute of regulation to set up a tying field goal with four seconds left. And it was White who completed 19-of-32 passes for 254 yards.
"Sean," said offensive lineman Alex Kozan, "plays well beyond his years. He's better every game. I'm proud of Sean."
White said he thought he played "OK."
"But we didn't come out with the win. That is what is important," he said. "I'm disappointed about that. We'll learn from it, we'll get better from it.
"It was a good experience despite the loss."
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Coach Gus Malzahn said Auburn "had some drops early. We were hoping we could get a little bit faster start." Auburn struggled through the first quarter, but the Tigers found their rhythm late in the second quarter as White took charge.
"He battled. He took some shots," Malzahn said. "He's getting more comfortable each game. He really did a great job of leading us down the field for us to kick that field goal to get us to overtime."
Auburn was so close, forcing overtime on Daniel Carlson's 41-yard field goal as the clock wound down, scoring three times in overtime.
"I think it hurts even a little more because when you lose a tight game like this," White said. "It came down to a few plays -- you start thinking about 'if I made this play, maybe it could have made the difference.' I think that is how everybody feels."
Auburn feel to 4-3 overall. White says the Tigers will push forward.
"We definitely have something to play for," he said. "We have three losses. It's not the end of the world. Our goal now is to go 9-3. We have plenty of big games left. There's plenty to play for."
Tough loss but love my team #WarEagle
— Sean White (@SeanWhiteAU) October 24, 2015
White will be even more experienced when the Tigers play host to Ole Miss next Saturday.
"I feel more comfortable. That just comes from experience, and this is another experience I can learn from," he said.
He also said leading Auburn to the game-tying field goal was big as well.
"With no timeouts, we knew we needed a field goal. Daniel Carlson told me, 'Just get me close, I'll make the field goal.'"
White completed his three passes in the first three overtimes. He just missed on three in the fourth overtime.
"You've got to be ready to go for your teammates. You owe it to them with the game on the line," White said.
Jeremy Johnson, who started the first three games at quarterback, took one snap. He scored on a 1-yard run.
"He's really good at short-yardage situations," White said. "Coach thought it was the best, and it worked. I thought it was a great call."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine