Auburn Game Notes & Quotes
vs. LSU --October 26, 2002
Team: Auburn recovered a fumble for the first time since the Mississippi State game. The Tigers have forced 14 fumbles this season.
DB Travaris Robinson
Auburn has intercepted 15 passes this season and has had at least one pick in seven of eight games.
Auburn’s four interceptions were the most since the Tigers picked off five against Louisiana Tech in 2001.
Auburn has scored 90 of its 240 points off turnovers this season.
With Ronnie Brown’s 5-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Auburn extended its streak of games with a rushing touchdown to 19. It marks the longest consecutive rushing TD streak since having a TD on the ground in 28 straight games from 1984-87.
Auburn has scored 22 rushing touchdowns this season, which is the most in a season since the 1996 team scored 24 rushing touchdowns.
Auburn rushed for 216 yards today, eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark for the ninth consecutive regular season game.
Auburn’s four forced turnovers in the first half are the most in a half since 1999 when the Tigers forced five turnovers (4 interceptions, 1 fumble) in the first half against LSU in Baton Rouge. Interestingly, Auburn only scored three points off those five turnovers in that game. Auburn forced three turnovers in both the first and second half at Mississippi State this season.
Auburn’s 17 first-half points were the most yielded by LSU in a half this season.
The only other time that LSU has been shut out in the first half this season was in its opening season loss to Virginia Tech.
Auburn’s interception returns of 60 and 64 yards were the14th and 15th longest in Auburn history.
Tommy Tuberville coached teams have defeated LSU five times (5-3), which is tied for the second most wins for Tuberville against an SEC opponent. Tuberville’s teams have won seven times against Vanderbilt and five times versus Georgia.
The win marked the second consecutive season Auburn has defeated a top 10 opponent. The Tigers beat No.1 Florida 23-20 last season.
Auburn’s 135 interception return yards were the most since 158 in Auburn’s 30-26 come-from-behind win against LSU in 1994. In that game, Auburn returned three interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Auburn’s average starting field postion was the LSU 49-yard line while LSU’s average starting field position for the game was the LSU 22-yard line.
Individual: Dontarrious Thomas’ fumble recovery in the first quarter was the first of his career.
Jay Ratliff’s forced fumble in the first quarter was his second of the season. He also forced a fumble against Florida.
Travaris Robinson’s interception in the first quarter was his second of the season and third of his career. He also intercepted a pass against Vanderbilt this season.
Robinson’s 64-yard interception return was the longest by an Auburn player since Larry Casher returned an interception 65 yards against Florida in 1999.
Ronnie Brown scored his fifth and sixth rushing touchdowns and his sixth and seventh TDs of the season. In his career, Brown has scored eight rushing touchdowns and nine total TDs.
Karlos Dansby intercepted his second and third passes of the season, the seventh and eighth of his career. It marked the first time in his career that he intercepted two passes in a game. His second interception return of 60 yards was the longest of his career. His previous best was a 22-yarder against Vanderbilt last season.
In the first half, Damon Duval downed two punts inside the 10-yard line. His first was downed at the six-yard line, and LSU was penalized three yards to start its drive at the three. The second punt was downed on the one-yard line. Duval has downed 10 punts inside the 20 this season.
Donnay Young intercepted his first career pass in the second quarter.
Philip Yost kicked his first career field goal, a 19-yarder in the second quarter.
True freshman Tre Smith scored his second career touchdown on a 13-yard run in the second quarter. He scored his first touchdown on an eight-yard run against Western Carolina. He also ran for a career-high 80 yards.
Robert Johnson caught his first touchdown pass of the season and the seventh of his career with a three-yard catch in the third quarter.
QB Jason Campbell
Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
“Today was just a tremendous effort by the whole team. We played great all four quarters, made the big plays and got some key turnovers. Our kicking game looked good, which was also key for us today. I just want to say congratulations to the coaches. They really got the job done. They worked hard to get the players ready for this game and it showed here today. Our players definitely came to play. That was definitely Auburn football that I saw out there today.”
On Jason Campbell’s performance…
“Jason Campbell did an excellent job. He moved around in the pocket and made some good runs. This was his first start of the season and he didn’t have any turnovers or interceptions, which is a good start for any quarterback. Jason has definitely earned the right to be our starter, but today’s game was really an o-line and running back’s game.”
On the defense…
“We forced them to throw the football and we knew we needed to take No. 31 out of the game and we did. We held them to 42 yards and I would have never believed that would happen going into today.”
On special teams…
“I was most excited about our special teams. We had struggled a little bit, but we punted well, covered well and, with the exception of the two missed field goals, looked good overall today.”
Auburn Linebacker Karlos Dansby
“This was a great win for us. We really needed it because it was a must-win situation. We played hard. The coaches just asked us to come out and play and we got off to a fast start and ran with it.”
Auburn Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas
“It was a good game for us. We had good execution and we knew we had to get some turnovers. We usually start off slow, but it didn’t happen this time. The coaches prepared us well for this week. We were really able to stop the run and the game was a good confidence builder.”
Auburn Free Safety Travaris Robinson
“It was an excellent day for the team. We had a complete effort from both offense and defense. The defense really came out strong and we got the turnovers we needed. We just have to keep on with this effort and build on this momentum for the rest of the season.”
Auburn Defensive Tackle Reggie Torbor
“We came out working hard today. We felt that we had our backs up against the wall because with three losses we would have been out of it. We play hard when the odds are against us. Last year the LSU fans and players were talking about us and our game at LSU and this is payback for us.”
Auburn Quarterback Jason Campbell
“I think the team responded well to a tough loss last week. We played as one and played as a team today. On offense, we made a lot of plays and our defense did a good job forcing turnovers and leaving us with good field position.”
On defeating LSU…
“It feels good to come out and win this year after we took such a hard loss from them last year.”
Auburn Tailback Tre Smith
“We knew we needed to come out here and give a total team effort today. The coaches did a good job preparing us this week. We came out here and played well in all phases of the game. We need to get back to practice, though, and get ready for next week’s game against Ole Miss.”
On his touchdown run…
“I thought it was a great call by the coaches. When we broke the huddle, I could see that it (the hole) was going to be open. I took it and just went though the hole and got into the endzone. I am really glad the coaches gave me that opportunity to score.”
Auburn Tailback Ronnie Brown
“We came in with a lot of confidence and we knew we had to put in a full game to win. We came out and played well on offense and the defense did a great job. This is a great win, but we can’t stop at LSU. We have some games left that we need to win so we can get back to Atlanta.”
On defeating LSU…
“They took it to us last year on their home field and it feels good to come out here in front of our home crowd and win like this.”
Auburn Offensive Lineman Danny Lindsey
“We wanted to come out here and start quick and we did. Coach Yoxall kept reminding us before the game that we needed to play all four quarters. We came out and played four quarters and played well on offense, defense and special teams. Last year we went down there (to Baton Rouge) and lost in front of a tough crowd, so this year we just wanted to win in front of our crowd like they did over us last year.”
QUOTING LSU PLAYERS
Randall Gay, CB
“The whole game we were out there and never gave up. All we needed was a couple of turnovers and we were in this game. We felt we could swap them turnover for score like they did us. Today, we just got beat in all phases. All of the losses are disappointing, but we have to move on. We still have five games left.”
Domanick Davis, RB
“It is tough. It is bad when you lose a game like that. I guess this is just our wakeup call.
(On his fumble on the first play of the game)—“Fumbles happen. I was upset to have a nice return then come back and make a good move, and then fumble and give them the football. It’s really frustrating.”
Rodney Reed, OT
“They just dominated us in this game. Their offensive line dominated us, and their defensive line dominated us. It is hard to win football games when that happens. Our first six games, we controlled the line of scrimmage, which we didn’t do today.”
Michael Clayton, WR
“I think we came in and tried to pound the ball. We got a few turnovers early and lost our confidence. A loss is a loss. We just didn’t come out and dominate.”
Marcus Randall, QB
“I felt confident going in. We struggled early and had too many turnovers. I knew mistakes were going to come with my first start. We just tried to move on to the next play. Now, we just have to move on to the next game.”
QUOTING LSU HEAD COACH NICK SABAN
“We always talk about turnovers and field position and on a day like today, it became very important. We turned the ball over too many times to be successful. We never had good field position and that really hurt us. When you give that many points away and that much field position, it makes it difficult to win ballgames. We wanted to stop the run, and we didn’t get it done defensively. I think it is obvious what happened when you give up four turnovers in the first half. It puts you behind the eight ball, and it was tough to get back.
“There is no excuse. It is as much the coaching staff’s fault as it is mine. We didn’t execute the game plan that we had in mind. I don’t think we played like the LSU Tigers today. We missed a lot of tackles on defense, but you have to give Auburn credit.”
(On Marcus Randall)
“Marcus had a tough day. I think it was a combination of things. It was his first road game as a starter, and that had a lot to do with it, but also the conditions outside. He had trouble throwing a wet ball.”