Hot Start For Irons In Win Over Gamecocks

Tailback Kenny Irons talks about playing his former team, South Carolina, for the first time.

Auburn, Ala.–-Kenny Irons wanted it almost too much. Playing the team he felt had shunned him during his sophomore season before transferring to Auburn, Irons came out revved up to the max against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

In the end his play didn't mean the difference between winning and losing, just 27 yards rushing and another 40 receiving, but it set the tone for Auburn's offensive outburst in the first half. Irons brought energy to the table as the Tigers scored 31 points in the first 30 minutes on the way to the big win. Irons said that although he didn't have the big statistical night, the game was as close to perfect as you can get for both he and linebacker Travis Williams.

"It is everything I thought it was going to be," Williams said. "Travis (Williams)went out there and made some big plays. I went out there and made some big plays receiving and some good running plays. It is just awesome to go out there and see those guys. Guys that I played with. I was saying lets go defense when I was on that team. Now, I am on another team rooting against them and me being a running back playing against those guys is just great."

Irons scores Auburn's first touchdown from one-yard out.

Irons got things going on the right foot for the Tigers on the very first offensive possession of the game for his team. A reception for 14 yards from Brandon Cox got things going quickly and a run of five yards put the team in good shape. Later in the drive Irons caught another pass for five yards and the following play added a 14-yard reception to the one-yard line. Irons finished the deal with the first of his two touchdowns on the day and said it couldn't have started any better for him or the offense.

"It helped a lot," Irons said. "It is something that I wanted, that drive is something I wanted and I wanted the touchdown. Then, I got another touchdown. I got a little thigh bruise and that kind of slowed me down a little bit, but it is fine though. That first drive was nice."

From listening to David Irons talk while younger brother Kenny kept quiet all week, you would have thought this was the Super Bowl for the Irons family with as much attention as the Gamecocks have gotten from them. There is no doubt this game had special meaning for Irons, but he said it's not as important as the team goals they are chasing at the moment.

"Every SEC win is satisfying," Irons said. "We are 2-0 in the SEC, and have the potential to be undefeated in the SEC, but that is something we have got to keep working at. We are working in practice to be undefeated in the SEC. A Win in the SEC is great whether it is a 10-0 win or a 14-0 win or whatever."

Now the Tigers take a week off before getting back in conference play with a trip to Arkansas. Unfamiliar territory for many of Auburn's key performers, Fayetteville has been a place of horrors for the Tigers over the years and could be a tough trip for this year's first road game. Irons said that it's up to the team to get ready for the game and put themselves in a position to get a victory and stay in the hunt for Atlanta.

"It is pretty crazy, but we have just got to handle it," Irons said of playing on the road. "This will be my first time playing at Arkansas and I heard they have a pretty crazy stadium, but the talent that we have we can tackle anything. We have got guys that are ready to play, that are ready to lay it on the line for this team."


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