"Special" Night For Irons

Kenny Irons talks about his return visit to South Carolina.

Columbia, S.C.--Kenny Irons admits that it wasn't what he envisioned, but says that the 24-17 win on the road over his former team will be a night to remember.

"It was special," he says. "It's a good feeling coming out here and seeing a lot of things changed in the stadium and coming out here, playing hard and getting the win on the road against a Spurrier team that's improving. It feels great to get that win."

Auburn came into the game ranked No. 2 in the country and a heavy favorite, but the game was much closer than anticipated, coming down to the final play. However, a win is a win for Irons.

"It's a great feeling, it's a great win and being in Columbia for the first time in a long time and grabbing a win is nice," he says.

Irons played at South Carolina during the 2002 and 2003 seasons under former coach Lou Holtz. When he wasn't given a fair opportunity to compete for playing time because of Holtz's decision to give the job to a hot-shot freshman, who was coincidentally kicked off the team when Spurrier arrived, Irons came to Auburn and has been waiting for this night for a long time.

However, it was a subject that the talkative Irons kept on wraps when talking to the media.

"I didn't want to give them anything to feed off of so I kept everything under the radar," he explains. "I envisioned 250 yards and four touchdowns and me sitting down with us winning like 34-0 going into the fourth quarter. But they're a great ball club and they played hard."

Irons ran tough in the victory.

Irons didn't run for anywhere close to 250 yards, but he did have a respectable 117 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns.

"One-hundred seventeen yards and two touchdowns, that's unbelievable," says older brother David Irons. "We came out as captains. I was like, ‘Kenny, I'm going to go my hardest on my side of the ball. You go the hardest on your side of the ball.' He said, ‘deal.' He came out there and made plays."

With the Auburn defense getting shredded late in the first half, the third quarter was undeniably the difference in the ball game. Because of a successful onside kick the Tigers ran 30 plays for 137 yards before South Carolina touched the ball in the second half.

Once the Gamecocks did get the ball, they continued to torch the Auburn secondary and almost sent the game to overtime.

"Sooner or later there is going to be a (defensive) letdown and that's when we've got to pick it up," Irons says the offense's play in the third quarter. "We ran the clock the whole third quarter and we didn't give them a chance to score anything in the third quarter. The defense did a great job and made the stops when they needed to. Just like the last play of the game."

Auburn moved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC. South Carolina is now 3-2 overall and 1-2 in league play.

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