Auburn engineers escape vs. Utah State

AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 23 Auburn answered all the doubters Saturday. Anyone who doubted that the Tigers are as young and inexperienced as coach Gene Chizik has been saying since last spring saw for themselves at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"The guys got kind of wide-eyed," Auburn defensive end Nosa Eguae said.

But on a brilliant summer afternoon, against a Utah State team much better than anticipated, the Tigers also showed that they have absorbed one very important characteristic from the team that won a national championship last season. Auburn does not stop to lick its wounds, no matter how gaping, no matter how self-inflicted.

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