Auburn Has Two Weeks to Get it Together

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers have two weeks to fix all the problems Georgia helped expose.

The Tigers are taking two days off from practicing after that 45-to-20 loss at the eighth-ranked Bulldogs. When they resume, coach Tommy Tuberville says the talk will be about Alabama not about that game.

Auburn has an open date before the Iron Bowl after playing 11 consecutive games. Both the Tigers and the Crimson Tide fell out of
the rankings with tough road losses over the weekend.

Alabama has a game against Louisiana-Monroe to recover from that 17-12 loss to Mississippi State before the regular-season finale at Auburn.

Tuberville said recovery should come quickly even after a lopsided defeat against the Tigers' second-biggest rival. He says "This is the one that counts for Auburn."

Against Georgia, Auburn allowed touchdowns on four consecutive possessions over the final 20 minutes after taking a 20-17 lead. No Auburn defense had allowed 45 points in a game during Tuberville's nine seasons with the Tigers.

Offensively, Brandon Cox threw four interceptions, running backs Brad Lester and Ben Tate couldn't really get going and Tuberville said the offensive line's performance had something to do with both problems.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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