Fourth quarter another charm for Auburn?

October, 23, 2010
10/23/10
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AUBURN, Ala. -- We'll find out if Auburn can work its fourth-quarter magic ... again.

Is there anybody who doesn't believe Saturday's game between Auburn and LSU won't come down to the final quarter?

Auburn has outscored opponents 72-21 in the fourth quarter/overtime of games this season. In the Tigers' past two games against nationally ranked teams, they've forced seven turnovers in the fourth quarter.

Watching his defense give up the yardage it's given up in games this season has been difficult for Auburn coach Gene Chizik, but it's hard for him to argue with the way his defense has played when it's counted.

"Would we like to have less yards against us? Yes. Would we like to have less first downs against us? Yes. Who wouldn’t?" Chizik said. "But I give our guys a lot of credit, and I told them this: We can be happy about the result of our season right now, but we don’t have to be one bit satisfied with the way we’ve played.

"I think that’s kind of the mantra of our defense. However, when plays have to be made, we tell our guys all the time, 'When the game is on the line, we need your best. When your best is needed, you've got to give it to us. You've got to respond and you've got to produce.'

"I have to say there have been many times this season when we've needed their best shot and have gotten it."

Chris Low | email

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