AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers were one play away from completing a sweep of three tough Southeastern Conference road games, but coach Tommy Tuberville didn't want his players fretting too much over the one that got away.
Tuberville says Auburn "didn't lose that game."
He's talking about Saturday night's 30-24 loss at No. 3 LSU.
"They won it," says Tuberville. He says that's how he addressed it with the players.
The loss pushed No. 23 Auburn (5-3, 3-2 SEC) back into the pack in the Western Division race and ended a four-game winning streak that included road wins over No. 9 Florida and Arkansas, a surge that began after back-to-back losses.
Auburn, which hosts Mississippi on Saturday, was still a little shocked by LSU's final play a day later.
The players were expecting a run to set up a field goal attempt by Colt David, not a downfield pass by Matt Flynn where even an incompletion might have run the clock down all the way.
Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox says he "saw the guy running down the field, and I couldn't believe he was about to throw it. I was shocked, like most people were. But it was a gutsy call."
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