Gus Malzahn says Auburn will keep its high expectations
Nov. 15, 2014

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By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

ATHENS, Ga.  Coach Gus Malzahn didn't have time for excuses. He left Sanford Stadium already looking for answers to cure what ailed Auburn on Saturday night in a 34-7 loss to Georgia. 

"All you can do is control what you have moving forward," Malzahn said. "We're disappointed we got beat. We expect to play better. We didn't. 

"College football is you go on to next week. The thing about Auburn is we're going to have high expectations and that's just the way it's going to go. You're disappointed when you don't reach some of your goals. That's part of it."

That's the disappointment of a team that fell to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the SEC.

"Anytime you get beat convincingly, as a coach you're going to try to solve the issues you need to move forward. We have to be big boys," he said. "We got it handed to us tonight. That's uncharacteristic. We've got to bounce back."

Auburn looked good in the beginning, scoring on its first drive. But Georgia finished with 412 yards and Auburn finished 292. And the Auburn comeback that had seemed to materialize every week last year, and even this year, didn't Saturday.

"I'd say this is the first time it didn't happen," Malzahn said. Even the previous week, in a loss to Texas A&M, Auburn came storming back. "We responded last week. It just didn't happen. 

"We've got to take responsibility. We've got to learn from it and bounce back."

Malzahn said Georgia beat Auburn in "all three phases," and that an early fumbled punt hurt, and roughing a kicker didn't help.

"Offensively, we would have first downs, we would have holding penalties. The start of the third quarter I think we had two drops back to back. That hurt momentum," Malzahn said. "Defensively, we had trouble stopping their run. We knew they would be a strong running team. They wore us down in the third and fourth quarter.


"I think it's fair to say they won the line of scrimmage, and that's disappointing."


Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Folow him on Twitter:

 

 

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