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What They Said: The defense

AUBURN - Auburn's defense gave up 566 yards but scored one touchdown and set up two with turnovers in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 65-43 victory over Arkansas.

Zac Etheridge returns a fumble for a touchdown/ photo


Noteworthy: Tigers forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter.

On why defense has consistent success in fourth quarter

"I don’t know. I wish we could do the same thing in the first, the second and third. I think it’s the competitive will and the chemistry on this football team. I think they believe in one another and fight for one another."

On losing CB T'Sharvan Bell and S Aairon Savage to injuries during the game

"We had some depth concerns. We certainly did. Once again, whoever we’ve got, we’ve got. We are all in this together. It’s our responsibility as players and coaches to step up and do the right thing."


Noteworthy: Intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to set up touchdowns.

On his first interception

"All I had to do was catch the ball. I tried to find a way to the end zone, but I got caught from behind."


Noteworthy: Returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

On Aairon Savage's injury in fourth quarter

"It was hard to see a guy that put in so much. The guy has overcome a lot of adversity. To see him go down again just hurts. I’m praying for him. I hope everything goes well."

On touchdown fumble return

"I was running in to finish the play with the guys who forced the fumble. I saw the ball pop out. I just bent over, picked it up and ran with it.

On Tigers giving up 566 yards, 43 points

:It was very frustrating. Our offense fought so hard. That was our challenge going into the game, that we were going to stop them. We didn’t get the job done until the fourth quarter. That’s something we have to work on."


Noteworthy:Made the hit that knocked QB Ryan Mallett out of the game

On defense's fourth-quarter performance

"We just went out there and settled down. The offense put up enough points for us to win. We just had to go out there and stop them, and we did that."

On another come-from-behind victory

"This team has a huge heart. When we are together, no one can stop us. We played together tonight."

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