Senior Sweats Out Another Close Victory

Senior running back Mario Fannin discusses his team's exciting victory over Kentucky.

Lexington, Ky.--Mario Fannin's senior football season remains unbeaten, but it wasn't easy.

Fannin carried the ball eight times for 50 yards, caught two passes for seven yards and had another good night blocking. However, he credits the big guys up front with being the difference in Auburn's 37-34 victory over Kentucky.

"Before the final drive, Lee Ziemba called all of the offensive linemen up and told us they we were going to drive the ball all the way down the field and win the game," Fannin said.

Mario Fannin

"It was one of those games where you are nervous, but at the end of it you really enjoyed it," Fannin said. "The defense made a stop for us when we needed it and then we were able to drive it the length of the field and win the game. Cam (Cameron Newton) did a great job of managing the drive and managing the clock."

Auburn held the ball for 19 plays and drove 86 yards before Wes Byrum kicked the winning field goal as time expired.

It was the fourth down-to-the-wire win for the Tigers as they improved to 6-0. "That game shows what type of team we are," Fannin said. "Some games the offense steps up to win the game and sometimes it is the defense that steps up to win," he said. "What is important to us is that we stick together as a team and find a way to get the job done.

"That last drive was really big," said Fannin, who noted that the game would have been a tough pill to swallow after the offense scored 31 points in the first half and never punted. However, UK rallied to tie the game at 31-31 in the third quarter and 34-34 in the final period.

"Give Kentucky credit because they played tough," Fannin said.

The senior, who has been bothered by a shoulder injury he suffered earlier this season, said he is healing. "I felt good out there and I feel like I played pretty well," he said.

Next up for Fannin and the Tigers is a 2:30 CDT home game on Saturday vs. the 4-1 and 13th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks.


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