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Tigers report: Inside slant

 
Inside slant · Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel
 

Instead of being mad about LSU's last-minute 10-9 loss at Auburn, coach Nick Saban decided to view the game as an opportunity for teaching and growing.

"When we have an accident in the house," Saban said, "what do we do? You put their nose in it. You don't have to spank them or anything. You just put their nose in it and show them -- teach them and show them where they're supposed to go."

There was plenty of stinky stuff to go around on Saturday.

It's easy to focus on the frustrating play of quarterbacks Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Gaudet's missed extra-point kick, but LSU's problems against Auburn were bigger than one or two players or positions.

"After watching the game and evaluating and meeting with the players, I don't think there's any doubt that our players played hard in the game and competed," Saban said.

"It was a tough, physical game on both sides, and both teams really played their heart out. I think what it really came down to for our team was that we didn't play very smart in the game. You can talk about any position. I can go through 'em if you want to."

Instead, Saban would rather move forward and prepare his team for Saturday's home game against Mississippi State. The Tigers (2-1, 0-1 SEC) need to get back on the right track for consecutive road games at Georgia (Oct. 2) and Florida (Oct. 9).

"This is as important a game as every other SEC game that we play," Saban said.

"I made the statement that we would have never won the national championship, we would have never been in the Sugar Bowl, we would have won the SEC championship, we would have never won the western division if we would have never beaten Mississippi State. So, this is important."

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