October 23, 2008

Auburn frustrated and disappointed

The frustration and disappointment was obvious on the faces of Auburn's coaches and players as they left the field Thursday night following a 34-17 loss to West Virginia.

Auburn's third straight loss was even harder for the team to take after jumping out to a 17-3 first-half lead only to see the Mountaineers pour on 31 unanswered points.

"I'm obviously disappointed," AU head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We played with a lot of emotion in the first half but we didn't have answers for their quarterback and their fast running back.

"We looked like we ran out of gas about the end of the third quarter. The effort was good. We just didn't win the game."

Cornerback Jerraud Powers, who played the entire game with a sore hamstring, said the team began the game with a lot of confidence.

"Coming in here to Morgantown, we really thought we had a chance to get a big victory on the road and boost that confidence by getting back in the win column," Powers said. "To come in here and get a loss is real tough."

Tight end Tommy Trott, who led Auburn with four catches for 34 yards, was obviously disappointed in the loss, which dropped the Tigers to 4-4 on the season.

"It's definitely tough," Trott said. "There's nothing you can do but bounce back. The good thing about this team is we have a lot of pride. To be 4-4, we're ashamed of it. We're going to come back. We've got heart and we're going to battle the rest of the season."

Trott said Auburn still has an opportunity to salvage some good out of the 2008 season that began with the Tigers ranked in the Top 10.

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