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Auburn University media released these quotes from Alabama players on Saturday after their loss to Auburn, 34-28:


Linebacker C. J. Mosley
 
On the realization that there is no SEC Championship…
"That's the main reason I came back, but we have to stick together and move on."
 
On the finish…
"I just can't believe it happened. Nobody ever expected that. We gave it all we got, and we tried to go for the field goal."
 
On Auburn's running game…
"As far as getting our edges, that's mainly what hurt us. They did a good job with their run scheme and they ran the ball up the middle. When they started cutting out our edges was when they made big plays on us."
 
On Nick Marshall running…
"On some plays we messed up on our technique and he made us pay, and some plays he made on his own. He's a good player. They've been doing that all year."
 
 
Defensive Lineman Jeoffrey Pagan
 
On initial reaction…
"After a loss it's never good. A lot of guys are reflecting on how the game went. Guys feel like we could have done things differently, and the outcome could have been different."
 
On final play…
"I was just shocked. I didn't think that big of a play would have been caused by that, but everything happens for a reason."
 
On moment after Auburn scored final TD…
"I felt like we lost as a team, and we just have to continue to get better and learn from our mistakes and fix them."
 
On Auburn's running game…
"They run the ball well. They ran it up on us, and we really just have to continue to get better. We have to come back. They did a good job. We practiced everything that they did, and really they just stuffed it up in there. We tried to get the calls as quick as we could, but they did a really good job with play action and faking and things like that."
 
On failure to force passing situations…
"That just showed us where we were. We let our guard down. All the big plays they got were from mistakes we made, and we just have to fix them."
 
On confusion with the no huddle offense…
"They didn't have us confused. We knew exactly what they were going to do. It was just lining up and executing where we messed up."
 
On whether Auburn was more physical…
"I feel like we did a good job as far as the physicality. They just got the better of us. A couple of times we just beat ourselves."
 
On Auburn's final offensive touchdown…
"I wasn't thinking too much of it. I was thinking we have to come back out and stop it again."
 
On this game affecting national title hopes…
"Well, we still have hope. We've been in this situation twice before, and we have still gotten national championships out of it. Our hopes are still alive, and we will continue to get better."
 
Wide Receiver Kevin Norwood
 
On the game…
"Stuff happens. You have got to move on. Life moves on."
 
On the last play…
"The chances of that happening in college football are rare, and it happened tonight. We've got to move on to the next team."
 
Quarterback AJ McCarron:
 
On the game…
"It was going back and forth. It was a great game. We definitely didn't play our best game. But like I told our guys, hold your head high and be thankful for everything that you've got. Football is just a game. It's not life."
 
On the last play:
"It was emotional. It is one of those crazy plays. It is almost like a video game."

 

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