An Irons Man Performance for Auburn

Kenny Irons comments on his performance in which he rushed for a career-high 218 yards vs. LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--Despite a painful loss to LSU Saturday night, tailback Kenny Irons came through with a huge 218-yard performance against the nation's third-ranked run defense.

"The offensive line did a great job," Irons said. "Ben Grubbs, Troy Reddick--they continue to do a great job. Running behind those guys is easy. I told them I'm already in the secondary because they're making such great blocks."

LSU had allowed an average of 69.8 yards per game and just 2.4 yards per carry. Irons had more than triple that yardage and went for 8.1 yards a pop against the Bayou Bengals. Despite that success, Irons and the Auburn offense had a tough time getting the yardage when it mattered the most--deep in LSU territory.

"We fought, the offensive line fought, the quarterback fought and everybody did their job," Irons says. "It's just hard. We tried to put it in but they've got a great defense."

Auburn trailed 7-3 after a first half defensive struggle, but Irons gave his team a 10-7 lead midway through the third quarter on a 74-yard run.

"Coach Gran (Eddie Gran) and Coach Borges (Al Borges) said, ‘Irons, we need you to make a big play,' when we went into halftime and I answered," he says. "It was a play called K22. Troy Reddick made a great block. Ben Grubbs did a great job. Tim Duckworth was over there and he did an awesome job to take care of the whole defensive front.

"One guy tried to hit me, I spun and the downfield receiver did a great job of blocking," he added. "I just used my speed from there."

Irons continued to gash the LSU defense for big yardage throughout the rest of the second half, but on only one other occasion was it enough to culminate into six points for the Auburn offense.

"We can't just blame it on one person," Irons said. "Everybody made mistakes. It's a loss. You've just got to keep your head up and fight for next week."

Irons rushed for 182 yards against Arkansas last week giving him 400 on the ground in the last two games.


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