Brock: Beating Bama Every Year Special

Auburn senior Eric Brock talks about this year's 17-10 win over Alabama and ending his career perfect in the Iron Bowl.

Auburn, Ala.--For Auburn senior safety Eric Brock, it doesn't get any better than beating Alabama. A part of five victories over the Crimson Tide in his time on the Plains, the Alexander City native says that winning the final one was huge for himself and the rest of the senior class.

"It's so special," Brock says. "Especially being a senior and coming in here and do something that has never been done in Auburn history, to beat Alabama six years in a row. It's so special being an Alabama native. I understand the rivalry growing up through elementary school and seeing how much the rivalry impacts so many people. To come out on top is so special."

"It means a lot to me and these other seniors to come in and we've got some guys that have been here four or five years," Brock adds. "To go out and accomplish what we did is so special. It means so much to a lot of the guys."

A big part of a defense that finished the regular season seventh in the country in scoring defense and in the top three in just about every statistical category in the SEC this year, Brock notes that coming off a tough game at Georgia it was important for the defense to step up big against Alabama in the last game.

"The last time we went out we didn't perform too well," Brock says referring to the game at Georgia. "We just wanted to bounce back. I think we did a great job. We played together. Every body played hard. The coaches did a great job of motivating. It meant a lot to all of us seniors. It was so special how we came together there at the end and pulled it off. The Glory goes all to God."

Holding Alabama to more than 100 yards below its season average throwing the ball, Auburn's defense put together a performance for the ages in the Iron Bowl last weekend. Limiting the Crimson Tide to just one touchdown on a very questionable fourth down call, the Tigers stepped up and Brock says he knew right away it was going to be a good day for the defense.

"We just gelled together," Brock says. "When you looked in the guys' eyes you could tell the effort and the intensity were there. The crowd was into it the whole game. They gave us that extra boost. For me to be in an atmosphere like that and go out on top after beating Alabama, I couldn't imagine it going any better."

A second generation Auburn Tiger, Brock's father Jimmy was a part of the program in the 1970's, definitely a different time and feeling in the two programs. At that time Alabama would begin a dominant time in the series, just like now when the Tigers are basking in the glow of six-straight in the series.

"I'm going to tell him I got them every year I was here," Brock says. "It feels good to go out and compete and play against a team like Alabama. To do it in the fashion we did it, it wasn't pretty, but we gutted it out and played hard and played together.

"For us to come out and win for the sixth year in a row just put the icing on the cake for us."


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