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'Keep pushing': Auburn's defense turns in solid effort
Nov. 14, 2015

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Auburn's Carlton Davis (18) and Stephen Roberts make the stop on Sony Mitchell

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― Linebacker Cassanova McKinzy and Auburn's defense could take a bow for holding Georgia in check, but he said nobody could feel good about the Bulldogs' 20-13 victory Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"We're a team. We're not going to point fingers at anybody. We take a win together, we take a loss together. We'll just come here next weekend and fix it," McKinzy said.

Auburn held Georgia to its second-lowest output of the season at 243 yards. And it was the fewest yards Auburn's defense has allowed for the second straight week, and the lowest in an SEC game since 2011. But the defense couldn't overcome three turnovers by the Auburn offense, or the fact Isaiah McKenzie returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said the defense "did some very good things. I thought the defense really played well."

Auburn's defense played behind the 8-ball down the stretch. Georgia started three of its final four drives on its own 45, the Auburn 17 and the Auburn 43.

Still, the defense allowed only one of Georgia's two touchdowns.

"I feel like everybody fought hard. We just came up on the short side," McKinzy said.

Auburn's defense is coming off its two best games: a 26-10 win over Texas A&M the week before, and now Georgia, which averaged 3.9 yards a snap.

"I definitely think we've made a whole lot of progress," said linebacker Kris Frost. "I think we've made progress as a team. One game does not reflect the progress that we've made. We've just got to keep pushing."

Georgia had the ball 12 minutes longer than Auburn.

"It's part of the game," Frost said. "We were on the sidelines the first half and had time to rest. That's the flow of the game."

Defensive back Blake Countess also said that's part of the game.

"We've got to get the ball back for our offense. We got the ball back last week and that made the difference," Countess said.

"Losing is frustrating, but we can't let Georgia beat us again. We'll look at the film, and correct things."

Defensive end Carl Lawson said the Tigers will press on.

"Together, always," he said.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer on Follow him on Twitter:



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