One of the players who contributed to the latest chapter in the Tigers-Tide series is sophomore tailback Brad Lester, who came off the bench to rush for 54 yards and a touchdown in his team's 22-15 victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Lester showed his toughness on Saturday, bouncing back from a knee injury to help the Tigers run out the clock in the fourth quarter after scoring Auburn's first touchdown earlier in the game.
"I planted on it and then somebody got a shot on it (my knee)," the sophomore said. "I guess it was just bad luck, but I knew I had to tough it out. This was too important of a game to not get back out there."
When asked if he was full speed after coming back from his injury, the running back said, "Not at all, but it is the Alabama game and I just had to tough it out. I feel alright now because I have got a lot of medicine."
The Tigers rallied from behind in both the first half and second half to win their 10th game of the season while dropping the Tide to 6-6.
Lester said his team never got rattled when it fell behind and the Bama crowd went into a frenzy hoping to see the end of Auburn's winning streak vs. Alabama.
"You are going to get down playing football," Lester said. "You just have to respond and bounce back. That is just part of playing football."
The tailback said the game was a tough one from start to finish. "It was the most physical game because it is Auburn-Alabama. Once you get out there on the field you have a lot of adrenaline rushing through you."
The Georgian from Stone Mountain said he was impressed with how the Tigers bounced back from their loss to Georgia last week. "This win is huge for us. We knew we could make up for last week by winning this one."
He helped Auburn win by scoring on a 12-yard touchdown run with 11:12 left in the first half to put the Tigers up 7-3. "It was an outside zone play," Lester said. "I just followed Carl (Stewart) because I know he always makes his block. I just followed him, he pushed his guy out of the way and it was pretty much six points from there."
Lester said that teamwork won this year's Iron Bowl showdown in a very hostile atmosphere at Bryant-Denny Stadium. "Everybody played together," Lester said. "It is the Alabama game. Coming into this environment, we knew we had to stay together and we did."