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A Tale of Two Turnovers

By on September 22nd, 2013 in Member Post 10 Comments »

It was the wettest of times, it was the worst field at times. (Okay, enough of that. But thank you, Boz.)

Prior to the Auburn -LSU game, one of the announcers made an offhand comment. Just recently before the game, Les Miles had his quarterback practice for about an hour throwing a wet football. The last time Nick Marshall handled a wet ball was in summer camp. No one said when or if Codey Parkey ever handled a wet football.

The margin of victory was two touchdowns. Auburn suffered from two catastrophic turnovers, both of which led to LSU touchdowns. I don’t want to get into the specifics. One or more of our esteemed writers at Track Em Tigers will do a terrific job of breaking down this game. And I don’t want to steal their thunder. I’m looking forward to Acid Reign’s review. But what I want to point out is that this team never quit. They fought until the end. In fact, Todd Blackledge said, with 1:45 left to go in the fourth quarter, that Auburn is playing with more energy on both offense and defense than LSU right now.

Another bright spot, I think LSU had more penalties than we did.

I’m glad Gus didn’t get cute with the two-point conversions this game. Also to his credit, that was an appropriate time for an on-side kick. Too bad it was overturned upon further review. It was a close call as to whether Parkey touched the ball prior to ten yards. A very close call.

The Marshall to Coates long ball worked well twice. LSU was ready for the end zone corner shot  to Uzomah. In fact they double teamed him just to make sure. Apparently they watch game film. Who knew?

Nick Marshall will learn to throw the ball away sometimes. And that it is not a good idea to throw across the middle after the play has broken down in the blind hope that something good will happen. But the rain was pouring down at the time he made that throw. It’s weird how being in a torrential downpour can affect your perception, awareness, and judgement. In fact one of the announcers even said that some guys will just shut down when the weather gets this bad.

So, on to greener pastures. It looks like we can take Tennessee and Arkansas. And the way Georgia played against North Texas, and based on how we played against LSU, I think we have a shot with the Dawgs. In fact, I’m not counting us out against anybody after this game. The team showed me they have what it takes to play with anybody.


  1. mikeautiger says:

    Short and sweet I think you are right. The way we came back played hard till the end we have a legit ament shot to win the rest of our games. Did we make mistakes last night sure, but the attitude and the fight are right. We will have a chance to win all the games and I think we can wi all the rest. If we had not started in the hole last night we could have won this one.
    War Eagle, bring on Ole Miss!

  2. War_Eagle_2010 War_Eagle_2010 says:

    We spotted them 21 and almost came back. This team made some crucial errors but they never quit. They might not have one but they played like champions. If Les Miles had any moral code whatsoever that RB Hill would be in prison l and not on the sidelines. Its hard to play against teams that condone absolutely anything in order to win football games. Id rather lose than stoop to that grimey level.

  3. BeachTiger BeachTiger says:

    The one thing I seemed to notice is that we never gave up. Last year the team would have folded half way through the 1st quarter. Like WE2010 said, we almost came back. Very proud of our team.

  4. AubieCE AubieCE says:

    AU got knocked down, but got back up and keep punching
    Despite those back breaking TOs, AU never quit….
    The ’81 Tigers under CPD had that same attitude and heart….
    Pardon me while I look for my sunglasses, I am going to need them…

  5. sparkey sparkey says:

    That’s why you don’t practice indoor when it’s raining. We should’ve practiced more in the rain. It was obvious that Nick Marshall couldn’t handle a wet ball and nor could Parkey. I blame that on practicing too much in the indoor facility. After the rain stopped, Auburn started. When it started back at the end of the game, Auburn stopped again. I don’t think that’s a coincidence either.

  6. spanky says:

    If Marshall can ever start a game like he finishes, winning would be so much easier.

  7. rn4au rn4au says:

    I was really proud of the way we hung in there with LSU. I expected it to be a lot worse frankly. I think that we have some things that we need to work on but our heart is the heart of a champion and we will get further than I think most people are going to give us credit for.

  8. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Good write up Panda. I agree the Tigers ought to be able to compete with anybody on the schedule.