Big-Play Brock Rocks Gators

Eric Brock was Auburn's leading tackler against the Gators with five solos. More importantly, his interception and 26-yard return was enough to propel Auburn to victory.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers were winning 18-17 with 3:16 remaining, but kicker John Vaughn had just missed a 45-yard field goal and all Florida needed to do was move down field and kick a field goal to take the lead.

The Gators were starting from their own 29-yard line, but that's when junior safety Eric Brock made perhaps the biggest play of the game with an interception of Chris Leak.

"I had seen that formation earlier," Brock notes. "Leak wanted to go for the big play. Luckily our line got in there and put a lot of pressure on Leak and he under threw it. I broke on the ball and made a good play toward the end to seal the deal pretty much.

"I think it was a cover four and they tried to make me bite up," he adds. "They put a guy up in front of me so they could hit the post behind me. They had already run that play in the first half and coach (Will Muschamp) went over it. I had seen that play before and I knew they were going to go for the big play."


Brock's 26-yard interception return put Auburn in field goal range.

The Auburn offense responded with three running plays that netted just six yards, but Florida didn't have any timeouts and Vaughn drilled a 39-yarder with 32 seconds remaining to put Auburn up by four and seal the deal.

The Tigers were bouncing back from a manhood-challenging defeat after getting pounded by Arkansas 27-10 just a week ago. Although the defense didn't play well in the first half, the adjustments as the game went along and the preparation during the week was the difference in bouncing back.

"The coaches did a tremendous job this week," Brock notes. "I know they put in a lot of hours, a lot of time and you've got to give a lot of credit to those guys for preparing us the way they did and being able to make adjustments the way we did."

The Tigers did a tremendous job against the Florida rinky-dink offense in the second half, but the first half wasn't as easy for the Tigers. Florida had 17 points and 140 rushing yards in the first 30 minutes.

"They were hitting creases," Brock notes. "We were sitting back and trying to read it out instead of going and getting it. In the second half we just went out there and coach told us to pull the pin. When you see it, go get it and trust your eyes. We trusted our vision today and had a lot of big plays, a lot of turnovers in the second half and that really motivated our fans and our team.

"It was an emotional rollercoaster," Brock adds.


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