Not Enough Plays For Todd And AU Offense

Chris Todd

Auburn quarterback Chris Todd discusses Saturday's loss to LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--For Auburn junior quarterback Chris Todd it was a night of highs and lows. While Todd threw for 250 yards and the go-ahead touchdown to Robert Dunn with just 6:40 remaining in the game, Auburn came up just short as a late drive came up just short in a 26-21 loss.

"I thought we did some good things tonight especially in this atmosphere and type of game," Todd said. "We're getting better and I think we'll continue to do that. I think every game we'll continue to get better. We just didn't make quite enough plays to win it."

Auburn got the ball back at its own 24-yard line with the lead in the fourth quarter and only 5:32 left in the game needing to make first downs and eat up the clock. Instead the Tigers ran the ball on first down for no gain. A deep ball on second down intended for Tim Hawthorne was incomplete and with LSU expecting the pass Auburn ran again on third down for a five-yard gain. Ryan Shoemaker followed with a 25-yard punt to set LSU up in good field position for the eventual game-winning drive.

"It's obviously tough, especially a big game like this," Todd said. "I thought we had enough to be able to run out the clock. They are a heck of a team. It's a tough loss but we'll learn from it and hopefully come back strong next week.

"We needed to get a first down and we didn't," Todd added. "The biggest thing was trying to be smart with it and not turn it over in their territory. The defense has played great all year. Hopefully we could take care of the ball and run the clock out but they did a great job."

Even though Auburn didn't pull out the victory there were some positives on offense with Todd at the head of the list. Despite throwing two interceptions, Todd stayed strong in the face of a steady pass rush from LSU all night long. He also made several big runs to at least keep the defense somewhat honest. Throw in some timely catches down the field from his receivers and Todd said the game gave them something to build on.

"I think we did some good things," Todd said. "There is obviously some stuff we can still improve on. I think we'll see those when we go back and watch film. There were a lot of guys that made plays tonight. That's promising going into the rest of the season. I think we'll continue to get better and improve."

If Saturday night is any indication that improvement will come at the arm of Todd. Getting every rep for the second straight game, Todd displayed some character in the loss and it didn't go unnoticed by his offensive teammates.

"I thought Chris played well," senior tackle Jason Bosley said. "He made some plays when it really counted. Anytime a quarterback leads you down with seven minutes left and gives you the lead with a great pass, what more can you ask of him. He pulled the ball and really stuck his nose in there and made some plays. I was really impressed.

"It makes you believe in him," Bosley added. "You know he's in it and he's ready to go. It shows he's not soft. He's hard-nosed and ready to play."

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