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Auburn got beat to the punch in the first half by the Florida offense, but responded with a second half shutout in the 27-17 victory.

Auburn, Ala.--After allowing 194 yards and 17 points in the first half, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville gave a halftime speech that he isn't used to giving.

"It wasn't pretty," Tuberville says.

His defense responded by shutting out Florida the rest of the way as Auburn went on to beat the No. 2 ranked Gators 27-17.

"I've been here pretty much three and a half years and I have never seen Tubs like that," says safety Eric Brock, who picked off Chris Leak with 3:16 on the clock when Auburn was up by just one point. "To see our head coach respond like that, it lit a fire under a lot of guys. You've got to go out and respond when your head coach goes out and challenges you like that."


Auburn cornerback Patrick Lee found the end zone on the game's final play to add to the celebration.

The Auburn defense held the Gators to just 85 yards in the second half. Senior leader and linebacker Karibi Dede says that the not-so-friendly halftime speech changed the attitude of every player on the defensive side of the ball.

"He showed his enthusiasm about the first half of play, what we did and what we needed to do," Dede notes. "He challenged the senior class and he challenged the defense as a whole. He said we had been out there for 18 plays and had given up 17 points. That's a point for every time we're on the field. In the second half we came out with a whole new attitude."

Florida had 13 rushes for 140 yards in the first half and Leak was 4-5 passing for 54 yards. The senior quarterback was 5-12 with an interception in the final 30 minutes of the game.

"He chewed us out and let us know how we played and we needed to step it," says Auburn cornerback Pat Lee, who scored on a fumble on the final play of the game. "I had never seen that much from him. Everybody was like, ‘We've got to do this,' because we had never heard that from the head coach."


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