Seniors Step Up for Tigers

Kodi Burns and the seniors stepped up as Auburn defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Kodi Burns said when his Tigers fell behind 24-0 it wasn't time to panic. Instead, it was time for somebody to step up and make some momentum changing plays and that is exactly what the senior receiver did.

Burns made two key receptions on Auburn's only touchdown of the first half enabling the Tigers to stop the bleeding from a horrendous start on Saturday as Auburn rallied for a 28-27 victory over Alabama.

"A 24-0 deficit in the first half is nothing for this team to overcome," said Burns, who has helped his Tigers rally from behind in eight of the team's 12 victories this season.

"We know we can score back to back to back to back at any time with our offense," Burns said. "It is all about getting a few first downs and getting to a rhythm. Once we did that we were ready to go."

The victory sends the Tigers into the SEC Championship Game on Saturday in Atlanta with a 12-0 record and high hopes of playing for the national title if the Tigers can defeat South Carolina a rematch of a regular season game.

However, before the Tigers begin preparations for the Gamecocks they are going to take time to enjoy a victory over the Tide.

"It means a lot to get another win over Alabama for the seniors like we did as freshmen," Burns said. "Winning on the road, the way we did it, makes it even sweeter."

With the Tigers down 24-7 at halftime Burns and the rest of the seniors talked to their teammates about the importance of staying focused and not giving up.

"The seniors did a great job at halftime," Burns said. "We have a lot of senior leadership on this team. The young guys look up to us and we show them the right path."

The offense started the second half with a touchdown pass from Cameron Newton to Terrell Zachery on the second play of the period. After that the Auburn defense allowed the Tide just 67 total yards in the final two quarters.

Burns said he wasn't surprised that the defense stepped up, too, noting the group got a boost when Michael Goggans and Mike Blanc returned to action after being suspended in the first half from incidents in the Georgia game. "They helped us pick up some of the slack," Burns said.

Auburn's comeback from 24 points was the biggest in Auburn history and it was the largest lead ever blown by an Alabama football team as Auubrn improved to 12-0 while dropping the Tide to 9-3.

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