Iron Man Talks Iron Bowl Win

Auburn offensive tackle Lee Ziemba talks about win over Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--On Friday Auburn senior offensive tackle Lee Ziemba passed Will Herring with his 50th consecutive start for the Tigers in a dramatic 28-27 win over Alabama to keep alive hopes of a national title in 2010. The iron man of Auburn football, Ziemba has seen everything under the sun while wearing the orange and blue and he said for his money it doesn't get much better than Friday's win.

"It's a year of bragging rights," Ziemba said. "It's the biggest thing going on in this state. To come out of there with a win and come back from as many points as we did, it's just unbelievable."

It wasn't all perfect for Ziemba and the Auburn offense against the Crimson Tide as the first quarter and a half was something to forget. Falling behind 24-0 before finally getting on the board, Ziemba said Alabama just won the battles out of the gate but this Auburn team never panicked.

"I think sometimes when you have two weeks to talk about something you get so hyped up," Ziemba said. "We just needed to settle down and play our game….we have been down before and eventually we're going to get something going. The coaches just made sure we were staying focused about each series and not the scoreboard.

"There were some things that happened that were a little different than we had prepared for," he added. "All in all it just comes down to winning your block. Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some."

Now Ziemba and the Tigers must put the good feelings from the Iron Bowl behind them and get back to work to get ready for Saturday's SEC Championship Game against South Carolina. Earlier this year the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 35-27 at Jordan-Hare Stadium after falling behind early to Steve Spurrier's club.

"We can still reach all of our goals but we're going to have to continue to improve," Ziemba said. "Everybody knows it's hard to beat a team twice. We're going to have to keep getting better."

Kickoff for the championship game is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.


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