Pruitt: Auburn win ‘speaks to how far we came in last 10 months’

Pruitt: Auburn win ‘speaks to how far we came in last 10 months’

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Pruitt: Auburn win ‘speaks to how far we came in last 10 months’

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AUBURN – Jeremy Pruitt secured his first big win at Tennessee by defeating No. 21 Auburn, 30-24.

Following the game, Pruitt met with media to discuss the SEC road victory.

“We beat a really good football team,” Pruitt said. “It’s like I told them in there, if we learn to execute and raise our level of fight, we’ve got a chance to have a really good football team.

“There were times in the game where things didn’t go our way. I didn’t think we played very well at certain times in the game, but our guys kind of kept their poise. Fought a little bit harder. They played with a little better technique. We got some turnovers and didn’t turn the ball over.”

The win over Auburn was the UT program’s first victory against an SEC West opponent since 2010. The win also ended an 11-game SEC losing streak.

“This is not an easy place to win,” Pruitt said regarding the Auburn win. “Nowhere is in the SEC. So to go on the road and win against a really good football team in the SEC, I think it speaks to how far we came as a program in the last 10 months.

“Things didn’t go our way today all the time, but we’re learning to kind of play the next play, not letting the last play have any effect on the next ones. We’re growing up. I think it’s good for our guys. I’m glad for them. It’s good to see the smiles on their face and I hope they get used to winning.”

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