Auburn’s post-game elation as Tigers win 18-13

Junior safety Tray Matthews

On what this does for the team’s confidence…

“It’s great confidence, especially with losing last week, and the Clemson game, a game that we could’ve won. This is just great momentum, and we can just keep going on and keep getting better.”

 

On defense as a whole…

“Coach Steele stressed playing lights out, stopping the run and just pulling the pin. He kept saying all week ‘pull the trigger. Don’t hesitate, don’t shuffle feet. Just go. If you miss them, you miss them. You’ll slow them down.’ That’s what we did.”

 

Senior wide receiver Tony Stevens

On having fun in such a close game…

“Games like this really make you enjoy the process and trust the process. It really makes you appreciate everything.”

 

On what was going through his mind on during the last play of the game…

“I was heartbroken at first. I was thinking we can’t lose like this! Then I heard people saying, ‘He didn’t snap the ball fast enough.’ We they called it back, I was turnt. It made me happy.”

 

On how much this win meant to the team…

“This win was pretty good, we needed this win. The team has always been together; but now, everyone’s confidence is up to a new level.”

 

On Sean White’s performance…

“Sean played phenomenally. He used good judgement when deciding where to throw the ball.”

 

On how the team has responded to all the negativity…

“We don’t listen to any of that. That’s outside noise. We stay together as one.”

 

Sophomore kicker Daniel Carlson

On being called on…

“I’ve done it a hundred times, thousands of times in practice, so for me that’s kind of the mentality I take. The snapper, the holder, the line protecting me – everyone does such a great job in practice and it’s just about carrying over. Obviously a lot of opportunities today, and when coach calls on me I have to deliver. I’m happy this team could come out with a victory, and our defense played great. A lot of those kicks were a lot shorter, so they’re a lot easier, and that’s good field position, nice punts, or just big defensive stops. That was big for us.”

 

On scoring all of the points…

“I was definitely busy today, but it was a lot of fun. The most important thing is that we come out with a win. If we don’t come out with a win, it doesn’t mean anything. I’m glad we were able to hang on. Defense really stepped up that last drive. It was close but moving forward this will be huge for us.”

 

On the win propelling them…

“We lost two games we were definitely in, and it could’ve gone either way I feel like, so I think this is big for our confidence. We’ve just been sticking together and leadership has been stepping up in the locker room just to keep motivation and confidence going forward.”

 

 

Sophomore linebacker Darrell Williams

On his mindset in the fourth quarter…

“We practice those type of situations every day at practice, so when we get in that situation we know we have to pull up our pants and play like a man.”

 

On his reaction on the last play…

“I just knew it couldn’t be true because we worked too hard. I knew we had to win, so I was just waiting on something to happen.”

 

On defense’s performance against Fournette…

“We worked on it all week, and we knew we had to respect our opponent and so we just met the challenge.”

 

On Tre’ Williams…

“He didn’t really say anything because he was disappointed. We knew after he left he was hurt, but you could see at that series right there how we stopped them and that just showed what we had inside for them taking him away.”

 

On the younger guys stepping up…

“We got depth, so any guy behind us, they can play. We weren’t nervous about putting them in, they weren’t nervous, we knew their ability, so it wasn’t nothing.”

 

 

Senior defensive end Carl Lawson

On getting that SEC win …

“Its’ awesome, we’ve been going through some down times, but we’ve all stayed together, stuck together, worked out, had energy, no fighting, no internal things going on, so I knew eventually it was going happen.  It was just special when it did.  To just get a win for this team, and to get a win for Auburn.”

 

On the emotions at the end of the game …

“Like I said, God delivers on time.  We’ve been praying for this.  That’s why I was so emotional.  You know, Auburn is such a special place, and coming from me having injuries, and last season, just to get a win for these fans.  To get a win at home, it’s just a great feeling.  A beautiful moment. “

 

On if this was the defense’s best game of the season …

Not necessarily.  We’ve still got a lot of things we need to clean up, especially myself.  I had a long run.  That was my fault, I’ve got to step it up and be more physical in the run game.  So, as a team, we still have a lot of things to improve on.”

 

Senior offensive lineman Robert Leff

On the emotions at the end of the game…

“I think you could see that it really pulled on our emotions. I had so many text messages when I got off the field. People were saying they had heart attacks and a bunch of other things. Then, all of a sudden, we won the game. Obviously, an amazing win for us.”

 

On Sean White’s performance…

“I felt like Sean played very well. I don’t see exactly how he does when he plays, but I thought he played well.”

 

On Daniel Carlson’s performance…

“It’s always frustrating when we can’t quite get in the end zone, but knowing that we have a kicker like Daniel – who can make it from 60 yards, I think past 60 – really gives you a lot of confidence. I know it gives the play callers a lot of confidence when deciding on what risks to take.”

 

On the offensive line’s performance…

“I felt like we played extremely well. There’s always areas for improvement, but I came away from this feeling like we played a very good game.”

 

Sophomore quarterback Sean White

On Rhett Lashlee’s play calling…

“He did a great job. I’m comfortable with whoever calls the plays. They are both, in my opinion, very good coaches. It doesn’t matter to me. I think they’re both really talented play callers. I’m comfortable with either one.”

 

On the offense’s struggles in the red zone…

“It’s very frustrating. What’s most important is we got the win, but we are going to have to correct our issues in the red zone. We need to turn some of those field goals into touchdowns, there’s no doubt. We were very close with a lot of fourth and one’s, but we have to score touchdowns. Like I said, we won the game and that’s what matters.”

 

On the impact of the win on the team…

“It’s huge. It gives us all confidence. Like Malzahn told us, if the game is close, we’re going to win this game. That’s what he kept saying. We believed it. We knew that down the stretch. It’s huge to get us on a roll for the rest of the season. It finally feels like we’re getting the monkey off our backs.”

 

On whether the win relieves some pressure…

“Definitely – not that we were playing tight before, but I think it shuts down sum of the negativity. Understandably, no one thought we were awesome because we were one and two. It just helps to get a win. We’re a good team. We just lost a couple of close games to really good teams. Once we get rolling, we’ll be tough to beat.”

 

Sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson

 

On how confident he is when Carlson gets out there to line up for a field goal…

“It’s automatic. It’s funny to say, but when you think about it from offensive standpoint, all we have to do is just get on our side of the field and we know we’ll at least make a field goal. However, obviously we want seven points, but when you have that kind of a kicker, you know you literally have three points every time. It is very relieving.”

 

On what he saw in Sean White tonight

“I saw Sean being Sean. He’s competitive. He got hit multiple times. One time I missed a block and he got hit, but he got up and kept going. That makes a great leader and that is what I saw in him tonight.

 

On how he felt he did in this game, especially in the 4th quarter …

“I felt prepared. Playing against a defense like that in the fourth quarter means getting bruised and banged up, however, we wanted this; I wanted this so if I had to go 15 more, I had to run it because I wanted to win that badly. It didn’t matter to me if I got beat up or bruised because we had to go out there and win.

 

Sophomore linebacker Deshaun Davis

On how it was stepping up to that physical challenge of this tough game …

LSU is a good energy football team. They are probably one of the best running backs in college football. They were very physical, however, we accepted the challenge. We put out our defensive line, which created a line of scrimmage there to snap.

 

On if this is a game the linebackers can be proud of …

Yes of course. We had a good running team. Defensive line created a great push. We set it really well and tackled really well.

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