With a record Tiger Stadium crowd of 92,141 watching the action, several thousand ignored repeated warnings from the public address announcer to stay off the field. Despite a very heavy security presence of police officers and sheriff's deputies plus others, the fans who did venture onto the field were allowed to celebrate and taunt Auburn players and coaches as they left the field. Many also enjoyed victory cigars on the not-so-finely manicured Tiger Stadium turf.
"I am really pleased and happy for our program, our institution, all of the supporters we have and the people who worked so hard to make this happen," LSU head coach Nick Saban said in a celebrating dressing room. "We have a tremendous staff here and lot of people who did a lot to help our players. Our coaching staff did a fantastic job all year long of sticking with these players and believing in them."
One player the coaches believed in was Rohan Davey. The fifth-year senior has had an up and down collegiate career, but Saturday night was a highlight for the whopper-sized signal caller from Miami.
"We played well," Davey said. "They tried to confuse us a lot, but they really didn't do anything that Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Coach Saban had not prepared us for. We just went out and got the job done." Fisher, the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, is a former Auburn assistant.
"This is the way I had envisioned my last game in Tiger Stadium ending," Davey said. "Everything was on the line and the excitement was unreal. From the start to finish I cannot describe how I felt from running out for Senior Night to the crowd and everything."
Saban said he was particularly pleased with his defense, which limited Auburn to 293 total yards. One of his defenders, linebacker Bradie James, said, "We definitely played well as a whole unit, a team. We won the game yet I'm still in shock that we won the West. I'm wearing this SEC West Championship T-shirt and I can't believe it. It was hard work getting here. We had our ups and downs, but we're excited that we got to this point."