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Challenge accepted: Auburn looks to finish strong
Nov. 18, 2014

C.J. Uzomah has the catch, now looking for a 10-win season for Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says his Tigers need to be "big boys," to be men in the face of disappointment.

Defensive back Jonathan Jones says the Tigers plan to be just that.

"He's just being honest with you," Jones said. "You can take it two ways: You can take it as a challenge, or pity yourself and put your head down and give up on the rest of the season. Or you can be a big boy and become a man and face the season with your head up and keep working. We just really took it as a challenge. You have to."

Auburn is looking to rebound from its loss to Georgia with regular-season-ending wins over Samford, this Saturday at 6 p.m. in Jordan-Hare Stadium, then again at Alabama at 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 29.

"Coach said the season isn't over," Jones said. "We still have two more games. We have to block that out of our minds, which is hard to do, but we have to block it out of our minds and continue on."

Auburn is 7-3 and now will try to position itself for a big finish and a good bowl game. The Tigers, admittedly, were hoping for more.

"It's not what our goal was. That's not what our aspirations were," said receiver C.J. Uzomah. "But at the same time, we do that and we win our bowl game, that's another 10-win season. We win this week and that's 20 wins in two seasons after going 3-9 (in 2012). I think that's a huge accomplishment. I don't think that's been done in the history of college football. Going forward, we're looking for three more wins."

 It starts with Samford, and Jones said a win would help "get our momentum back. Even though we're playing Samford, you do the little things and get your confidence back as a team, and that's very important heading into the last two games."

 Jones said the Georgia game, a 34-7 loss, was "really, missed assignments and missed tackles. We gave great effort. We just have to do the little things.

"The game was nothing like the score showed. We were in the game, we were making plays on defense. A few mishaps cost us the game."

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



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