Player and coach quotes

Following the Tide's disappointing defeat, Head Coach Dennis Franchione had praise for Auburn's effort. <br><br>"I thought that they played well," Franchione said. "They executed better than we did, and they got us out of sync."

"I thought we were very ready to play. The second half we played better; shut them down defensively, but we couldn't get the offense going."

"At this point in the season there's not much that should surprise a football team."

"This is a big game. To not win the last game at home for the seniors; it leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

"We didn't make plays when we needed to make plays. I think you have to give them credit for that. They turned the tables on us."

"Today was one of those days where we were a play behind."

"I told the team I was proud of them."

"I think penalties hurt us today. That's been something I haven't been able to get them to do at a lower rate. Some of the penalties seemed untimely today."

Alabama Player Quotes

WR, Dre Fulgham: "This is a tough loss. Any loss hurts but losing to a rival hurts even worse. I felt like we were ready to play before the game but they just lined up and they beat us. It's as simple as that."

"I beat the DB on the hook out route. We got a big play. We made the big play that we needed."

QB, Tyler Watts: "It was a tough game. You've got to tip your hat to Auburn. They played an outstanding game. They just got after us, and we had a couple of opportunities to cash in and we kept hurting ourselves and it came back to haunt us."

"You know you're going to be in a free for all by the time we walk out there. It's just a matter of them making plays when they had an opportunity and us not."

"It's always tough to go out losing. Every loss is tough. But we're just thankful for the things we have accomplished. We still have one more game. It's going to be tough, but we've got to shake this one off and move forward."

CB, Charlie Peprah: "They came out in the first quarter and physically beat us. On defense and offense we were kind of un- rhythmic and we were making too many penalties. We started getting stuff going for us in the second half defensive-wise. On offense the penalties were stopping the drive, but not to take anything away from them because they disrupted our offense a little bit. They just came ready to play and they beat us."

DE, Antwan Odom: "That was a good ballgame. They came out in the first half and capitalized and we couldn't. We got it started the second half but it was too late. We've got one more. We've got to win this one because we have to redeem ourselves and try to get ten wins."

AB, Shaud Williams: "They came in with a good game plan and beat us. There's not really a whole lot you can say. You've got to give them credit. They came in with a game plan, they executed and they flat out beat us. You've got to give them some credit. They came to our house and beat us. You've got to tip your hats to Auburn."

"This (Hawaii) trip is a redemption game. We need to go there to try and get our confidence back and end our season on a good note. We've got to go there and take care of business and get this team back on the right track heading into next season."

SS, Waine Bacon: "We can't let this affect us too much because we still have another game left next weekend. We can't let this get us down. It could possibly make us lose."

Auburn Player Quotes

TB, Tre Smith: "Nobody gave us a chance today. Only Auburn fans and those who knew the program gave us a chance. Everybody was talking so much junk, especially about me. We showed everybody we can do it."

"The offensive line blocked great. A running back is only as good as the offensive line. They didn't seem like the No. 1 defense to us."

"Every time we go into the locker room, we pretend that we are down. If we are up 17, we act as if we are down 17. We did everything we could to win."

QB, Jason Campbell: "We knew coming in we had to throw the football. We were willing to work hard. Coach Petrino had a good offensive game plan and we showed the strength of our team."

"I feel different from a year ago. I matured a lot and know the game better. I've got a ways to go to be the player I want to be. I've just got to keep working."

"We've got a great group of guys that work hard everyday. When one goes down, another comes in. We are deep at running back, and showed that today."

"They have a great defense. They came out in the second half and played hard as ever. They are a great team. With the sanctions they have against them, they have had a great effort this season."

TE, Robert Johnson: "We have had a great second half of the season this season. I told him (Campbell) I would get open. Just throw me the ball."

"I'm just blessed. It is something we have been working on. I happened to be open, and Jason found me."

"This is sweet as ever. I had the opportunity to play a big part and did that today. We just all played together. We came in as the underdog and came out on top."

Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville

"That's a classic case of guys not being denied. It took them 100 years to score on us there, but they did get seven points tonight."

"It was fun to watch us have fun. There haven't been a lot things going good for us lately. This group believes in what they're doing. It doesn't get any better than winning the Iron Bowl on the road."

On Jason Campbell: "We're excited about his future and how far he's come."

"We've got the championship we want and that's winning the Iron Bowl. That's a day's work."

"Our guys were going to go out and run the football first. I have to take my hat off to the offensive coaches. They had a great game plan."

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