AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Today's come-from-behind win led the Auburn Tigers to a 42-38 win over Utah State. Here's what some of the players had to say about the game and their performances:
Quarterback Barrett Trotter on driving late in the game: "We practice it all the time. We just needed to be smart and protect the ball. We couldn't get nervous. We practice this all the time at the end of practice. I can't tell you how many times we have done it, but we stayed calm and poised. That is what our coaches stressed." On his first comeback win: "It hasn't really hit me yet. I'm sure once I get home and really think about it, it will. We hurt ourselves getting behind. If we had played like we did at the end of the game all game long, it really shouldn't have been close. That is something we will fix throughout the week in practice."
Wide Receiver Emory Blake on today's game: "It was a great win. There is a lot of work to be done. I'm ready to get back to practice." On his 54-yard touchdown reception: "It was a man defense. I ran a simple route, turned around and the safety was there. I made a little move on him and I picked up some great blocks downfield." On recovering the onside kick: "That's something we've worked on every week, Chris Brooks and I. Our guys picked up the people they needed to and I came down with the ball."
Running Back Tre Mason on his debut as an Auburn Tiger: "I'm just happy we came out with this win. I told coach I was going to give it my all in special teams. I've been returning kicks since the seventh grade and I told my mom I would keep the tradition running." On his kickoff return for a touchdown: "We did it as one unit. It wasn't just me that took it to the house. Everyone did their assignment and it was wide open. The hole took me to the prairie land and I was gone."
Kicker Chris Brooks on ever having to kick an onside kick in a situation like today's: "I haven't been in a situation like that since high school, but obviously it wasn't this type of deal. This was big. I have been preparing for this for three years. We have worked on it and we executed." On emotions leading up to the onside kick: "I really didn't have any time to think about it. I had been warming up on the bench and I was told we were going for an onside kick. It is hard to explain. I didn't have anything going through my head. I don't even remember kicking the ball. I just remember Emory coming down with the ball. I was the first one to find Emory down the field. I knew he couldn't advance it. I just took off with him. It was awesome."
Wide Receiver Travante Stallworth on his performance today: "First off, I would just like to thank God. He did it all for me. He is the one that had me healthy and the coaches prepared me the right way, so I just thank the Lord for everything." On his 39-yard touchdown catch: "Coach Malzahn knew what they were in and called the right play. I just put my abilities to the play and made somebody miss and scored. I was really excited after that. On coming back off of an injury: "My knee felt great, everybody was coming up to me on the sideline and we were talking about how I looked like the old Stallworth, which gave me even more confidence." On how this game will prepare them for the rest of the season: "Everything I did today wasn't perfect. I'm just going to get back into the film room and let the coaches coach us up because we have a big game next week."
The Tigers will take on Mississippi State next Saturday in Auburn at 11:21 a.m. CST.