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Gus Malzahn says Auburn refocused after emotional wins

Dec. 4, 2013

Auburn fans celebrate the dramatic win over Alabama last Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium (AP photo) 

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Davis went from beating Alabama on Saturday to the cover of Sports Illustrated on Wednesday. But he's also been to class, been to practice, been doing college things since returning a missed field goal 100 yards in the Iron Bowl. 

"Chris has put that behind him," says Gus Malzahn. "He's focused on the Missouri Tigers." 

The Auburn coach has ordered the rest of his team to follow suit for Saturday's Southeastern Conference Championship Game after dramatic, emotional wins over rivals Georgia and Alabama. Davis delivered one of those when he scored on the game's still-talked-about final play in a 34-28 win last Saturday. That came after Nick Marshall's pinball pass to Ricardo Louis that beat Georgia with 25 seconds left the game two weeks earlier.

Malzahn has been guarding against a letdown. 

"We're worried about Missouri, and we should be," he said after Wednesday's practice. 

Much is on the line in Saturday's 3 p.m. game in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Auburn and Missouri are both 11-1, are within a win of the SEC title and have a shot at playing for the BCS national title. 

Malzahn found comfort Wednesday, calling the Tigers' work a "solid practice." 

"As a matter of fact, we've had a good week of practice," Malzahn said. 

"We're playing one of the Top 5 teams in the country. We're going to have to improve from last week's game to have a chance to win." 

Malzahn said his players responded. 

"I knew our guys would flip the switch," he said. "We're playing the SEC Championship. They've been extremely focused. It's been a business-like approach."

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



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