"Fast" Defense Too Fast For Tide

Auburn defensive coordinator David Gibbs comments on the Tigers' victory over Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's defense came out smoking and burned Bama early on the way to a 28-18 victory over its archrival on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Tigers held visiting Alabama to 43 net yards on 30 first half plays while the Tigers took control in the opening two quarters to take a 28-7 lead at intermission. That was all the points the Tigers would need as they improved their record to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the SEC. Bama fell to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC.

"Our kids were good, the crowd was loud and the kids really got off the ball and we caused a lot of problems for them," Auburn defensive coordinator David Gibbs said.

The Tigers sacked Tide quarterback Brodie Croyle 11 times and held Bama to negative 17 yards of total offense in the first quarter as the Tigers jumped on the Tide early for a quick 21-0 lead.

Gibbs, who coaches the secondary, said he thought the cornerbacks and safeties contributed to the good defensive performance, too. "Our (secondary) guys did good," he said. "We played a lot of zone, which was our plan coming into the game. Anytime you get a lot of pressure on the quarterback, it is not hard to play defensive back."

The Auburn defense threw Tide QB Brodie Croyle around like a rag doll. He finished the game with 107 yards as he completed 13-25 passes, but he netted just 27 total yards because he had minus 78 rushing yards.

"With our pass rush tonight, we didn't have to cover their receivers very long," said Gibbs, who is in his first season as AU's defensive coordinator. "Anytime you do that, you can usually play pretty well."

Safety Will Herring and the Auburn defense allowed the Tide a total of just 188 yards.

Gibbs said after less than impressive performances defensively at Kentucky and at Georgia, it was good to see the defense get off to a quick start vs. the Crimson Tide.

"People have been criticizing our pass defense, and rightfully so, but tonight we got after the quarterback.," Gibbs said. "We were really fast out there. We have a saying that when we play fast we are hard to deal with. When people allow us to line up and play fast, we are pretty dang good."

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