The Happy Hugger: T.J. Savors Hard-Nosed Victory

Noseguard T.J. Jackson had plenty to smile about on Saturday following a big Auburn victory.

Auburn, Ala.--Tommy Jackson has been known to hug a person or two. On Saturday evening, following Auburn's exhilarating 10-9 SEC victory over LSU, he did more than that.

Jackson jumped into the flower beds at the end of the game to celebrate the victory with Auburn fans in the stands, who stayed long after the final play to savor a victory over the defending national champion.

"I'm happy for the fans and like to celebrate with them," Jackson says. "They are the guys who keep us in it. They come here week in and week out to support us. I try to give back to them, let them know how much we appreciate them."

T.J. Jackson celebrates Auburn's win over LSU on Saturday.

Jackson was one of the key performers in an Auburn defense that won high praise from head coach Tommy Tuberville and defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. He had six tackles, including a sack of LSU's JaMarcus Russell. "I thought he was going to outrun me, but he looked like he disrespected my speed," Jackson says. "Maybe he didn't see me because I'm so short." The sack was the second of his collegiate career.

Jackson also contributed to one of Auburn's two turnovers forced. When Stanley McClover knocked the football loose from QB Marcus Randall, Jackson was there to recover for the Tigers.

"The ball got between my legs and I thought I've got to get this to give our offense a chance to score," he said. "The ball was right there."

The comeback victory was the first time the Tigers have rallied from a halftime deficit since they beat Penn State in the 2002 Capital One Bowl. Auburn was down 6-0 at the half, but won 13-9.

Jackson said the Tigers will enjoy the victory, but not for long. "We have to have a short memory. We had a good game, but we have to get ready for Citadel next week."


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