Stewart Steps Up for Tigers In Win Vs. Tide

Carl Stewart came up big in Auburn's football victory over Bama.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.—Whether it was blocking for Kenny Irons and Brad Lester or catching the ball out of the backfield, Carl Stewart played a major role in Auburn's 22-15 victory over Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.

"It doesn't matter where you're from," Stewart, a Tennessee native, says. "This is the Auburn/Alabama game. Ever since I even enjoyed football I've recognized this as one of the biggest rivalries in the nation. To be able to be a part of it and to be able to contribute is just an amazing feeling."

The Crimson Tide took the opening drive of the second half 80 yards for a touchdown, which gave them a 15-14 lead on an Auburn team which was perhaps outplayed in the first half.

The Tigers were pinned at their own 11-yard line, and even though they didn't score on their opening drive of the second half, the offense was able to change the field position.

Quarterback Brandon Cox hit Stewart on a play-action wheel route down the sideline that was good for 23 yards and moved the ball near midfield. Auburn punted four plays later, but it was Alabama that was pinned at its own 11 to start the next drive.

The Auburn defense stopped the Tide and the Tiger offense took over from its own 46-yard line. Having run reverses and fake reverses throughout the game, offensive coordinator showed a new wrinkle that he hasn't shown all season. Instead of handing off to Irons or Montez Billings in motion, Cox kept the ball, threw to Stewart down the sideline for 37 yards, which set up the game-winning touchdown three plays later.

"This is one of our staples and we saw that they were kind of vulnerable to that," Stewart says of the wheel. "Coach Borges did a great job of calling it in some key situations. We executed the way we were supposed to and it worked out for us."

Even though the Tigers' hopes of an SEC title were official shot down on Saturday, they were able to get to the 10-win plateau that a Tommy Tuberville team has only reached once before.

"That was an important goal," Stewart says. "Everybody goes out to go undefeated and we had a couple of stumbles this year. To go out and get 10 wins, especially for these seniors as the winningest class at Auburn feels really good."

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