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From Auburn University media relations:

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik's opening statement following 31-28 overtime win over Louisiana-Monroe:

"That was a very good team. We watched tape on them, and we told our team that they were going to play down to the end. I'm proud of our football team. I'm very proud of our football team. It all came down to the end of the game. We came up with three very important stops. We are going to look back at this game and point to our corrections that were pretty glaring that we need to make, but there are some positives in the game, too. I feel like we ran the ball a little better today. We ran the ball for well over 200 yards which was a goal of ours. We have to be able to get off the field on third downs, and that is why they ran close to 90 plays. But, you know what? I am proud of the guys in the locker room. They fought together. They hung together. It wasn't always pretty, but we beat a good football team today so it is something to build on, and we will continue to do that tomorrow. Go back to work, and we have a great challenge next week, but we are going to enjoy this one today. Again, I am proud of those young men in the locker room because the bottom line is we got our first victory, and we got it at home. So, that was a good thing. Again, we have a lot of work to do, and we will learn a lot from this tape as we move forward."

On turning the ball over at the 5‐yard line when it looked like Auburn was about to take over the game...


"There were several things today in the game that I thought were turning points in the game. You go in and you punch that ball in at the 1‐yard line and now it is a three touchdown game, and I think it is a whole different ballgame. That definitely swung momentum in their direction. The interception that we threw at that one point late third or early fourth, not sure when that was, but the interception, that was a turning point as well. We had a chance to get off the field on third down, and we had a guy jump offsides so there are some turning points in the game right now that really are very disappointing. But, again, at the end of the day, we have to look at some of the positives that we did. Some guys came through, but those were a couple of the swinging points in the game."

On the decision to kick the field goal in the overtime on second down...


"We wanted to run it. We were going to run it a couple of times to see if we could get anywhere. Our landmark is anywhere from the 23‐yard line in, and we feel very confident with Cody (Parkey) being able to kick it from there. And so, the first one we gained enough yards to feel comfortable to just center the ball and end it. He's been perfect in practice. He's been perfect in the games. We feel very comfortable putting him in with the game on the line with our special teams and winning it."

Do you feel like you dodged an upset against ULM...


"You can view it any way you want to view it, but that is going to be up to you. I view it as a great win against a very good football team because every win in college football is a good win. That's how we see it."

On Kiehl Frazier's performance...


"I think he protected the ball better. Obviously, the one interception, we would like to have back but you look at the long throw to Sammie (Coates), and the touchdown early in the game, it's a great throw and catch. It got called back. Again, that is another sloppy penalty that we had, but he threw that ball really, really well. I think he played better. I think he managed the game for the most part doing what we needed him to do to manage the game, throwing the ball, getting rid of the ball when he had to, scrambling when he had to, making some big throws, one right before halftime when he had to. So again, there are going to be a lot of things that he could play better at, but he did some things tonight that can move him in the right direction."

On needing to have more confidence in Kiehl Frazier in the fourth quarter...

"I think we have to be able to get to that, and we know that. That's not always based on the quarterback. You have to see how your line is protecting. If you are going to throw the ball in the fourth quarter, you are going to be aggressive. It is about your receivers. It's about your protection with the O‐ line and your running backs as well as the quarterback. So, it is not that we have to get into the fourth quarter and Kiehl has to do X, Y and Z. It's we have to get better as an offense, and we have to be able to be comfortable enough in those situations to be able to open it up if that is what we need to do."

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