Yes, it’s sad that such an ordinary happening is reason for celebration, especially for a team that won a national title three short years ago.
But giving up was a huge problem for Auburn a year ago. The Tigers knew the meaning of the word “quit” like they were the first ones to write it in the dictionary.
Auburn quit against Texas A&M. Auburn quit against Georgia. Auburn quit against Alabama … in the first quarter.
The Tigers quit on offense, and they quit on defense.
But on Saturday? That Auburn team didn’t quit. And it didn’t look like it wasn’t going to, even if the NCAA had ruled they had to line up and play four additional quarters.
For good teams, not quitting is second nature, just like remembering to buckle a chin strap. But bad teams know how to quit like nobody’s business, and for a bad team to turn into a good one, the first thing it has to do it forget about quitting. For a day, at least, Auburn forgot how to quit.
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