September 12, 2008

Tuberville remembers loss to MSU

Auburn's Tommy Tuberville has not forgotten what happened Sept. 15, 2007 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Tuberville, along with over 82,000 fans, watched in near disbelief as the Tigers turned the ball over five times in a 19-14 shocker to Mississippi State on the plains. The loss put Auburn behind the 8-ball in the Southeastern Conference Western Division and never fully recovered.

"To get to Atlanta, you've got to start out well," Tuberville said. "Last year we didn't do it. We didn't play very well. Mississippi State beat us. I'm not taking anything away from them but we just turned the ball over. This week we want to understand who we are playing, where we are playing and we can only control what we do and how we practice."

The Bulldogs turned the opening drive into a field goal last year and Derek Pegues intercepted Brandon Cox's first pass of the game and returned it for a 20-yard touchdown for a quick 10-0 lead.

"Last year opening the game I can remember with Mississippi State, we threw the interception for the touchdown," Tuberville said. "It's just hard to overcome something like that type of mistake."

Pegues still weighs heavy on Tuberville's mind entering Saturday's match-up.

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