Jackson: "I'm Overwhelmed Right Now"

Senior Tommy Jackson talks about Saturday's win over arch-rival Alabama.

Auburn, Ala.--Beating arch-rival Alabama for a fourth consecutive year, having a career day in your final regular season game, tying the school record for most wins during a four-year span--it doesn't get any sweeter for Auburn nose tackle Tommy Jackson.

"That's beautiful," Jackson said of Auburn's 28-18 victory over Alabama. "It doesn't get any better. You beat Alabama four times, not many people can say that. It's a blessing. I'm just glad for the group of guys who came in with me. God handpicked every one of us to get here. It's amazing. I'm overwhelmed right now."

The Auburn defense dominated the Crimson Tide for much of the football game, holding them to 188 yards and sacking Brodie Croyle 11 times.

"It's one of the most dominating performances," Jackson said. "To dominate a rival is amazing. It's a rival game and guys are going to play 100 miles per hour. I'm just glad today we came out with that chip on our shoulder with people saying we didn't have a chance and Bama was back and all this.

"We took it upon ourselves just to play hard," he added. "The coaches coached us hard this week. They coached, they coached, they coached. A lot of glory to them, they did great. I'm just so ecstatic. I'm so excited right now."

The Auburn defense set the tone for the game right out of the gates, holding Alabama to three-and-out on its first four possessions while the Tigers built a quick 21-0 lead.

"I think the way we came out, we wanted to go on the field first," Jackson said. "We just really wanted to set the tone for the game and that's what we were able to accomplish.

"I had a lot of fun," he added. "It was amazing. The first play from scrimmage we just said let's go get after it. When I saw him (an Alabama offensive lineman) sitting light and Wayne (Wayne Dickens) saw him sitting light we just shot back there and made a play. That was what coach told us to do. This was our last game so let's just go. Let's just have fun. I think from that it let them know that we were here to play."

From the first play of the game, a sack by Dickens, Auburn brought the heat and never stopped, pounding Croyle into the turf time after time.

"I think after we started hitting him a few times he got a little rattled," Jackson said of Croyle, an Alabama senior who finished the game with 107 yards passing and negative 78 yards rushing.

"Every time we hit him and picked him up we told him, ‘Hey, we'll be back.' I remember the first series on some kind of boot, we didn't bite," Jackson added. "Me and someone else leveled him pretty good. We picked him up and told him that we're coming back and we're ready to go. It was exciting. I know he's a competitor and they're going to pick it back up. But hey, we were the better team today."


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