Rosegreen Ready For Rematch

Auburn, Ala.--The last time Auburn played the Tennessee Volunteers, Junior Rosegreen had a football game he will never forget as the senior safety intercepted four passes as the Tigers cruised to a 34-10 victory in Knoxville.

After taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Tigers are due back on campus on Friday and will hit the practice on Saturday to begin preparations for the rematch vs. the Volunteers in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

Despite Auburn's lopsided win that was even more dominating than the score indicates, Rosegreen says there are no plans from the Tigers to take the rematch lightly.

"It's going to be a big game," Rosegreen says. "They are going to be charged up and we are going to be charged up and the best man is going to win."

With no classes at the university this week, Coach Tommy Tuberville and his Tigers told the players to head home and spend time with their families before regrouping for a run at what could be the first SEC title for the Tigers since winning four straight from 1986-89.

The Tigers wrapped up an unbeaten regular season last Saturday on the road at Alabama with a 21-13 victory over the Tide, a third straight over Auburn's archrival.

Auburn struggled in the rain in the first half, but took control with three straight touchdowns after intermission. Rosegreen says he was never concerned that the Tigers were going to be upset despite falling behind 6-0 at halftime.

"I knew as a long as we kept giving our offense the football they were going to make great things happen," he says. "That is what happened."

Rosegreen says he wasn't surprised that Alabama put up a tough fight on their homefield in Tuscaloosa. "No, I wasn't surprised at all. It is the Iron Bowl. That speaks for itself. If you are going to play in this game you need to be a man and we have a lot men on our team."

Rosegreeen and Auburn's defense dominated an Alabama running attack that was leading the SEC in rushing. The Tide managed just 50 yards on the ground vs. the Tigers.

"We knew that the running back they had was averaging 5.5 yards per carry," Rosegreen says. "We knew if he got going it was going to be a long night for us so we came into the game knowing we had to stop the run. We did that and made some big things happen and got some turnovers. We gave our offense opportunities to punch it in and that is what we did."

Rosegreen and the third-ranked Tigers will look to improve their record to 12-0 as they take on Tennessee at the Georgia Dome a week from Saturday. Kickoff time is set for 5 p.m. CST and the game will be televised by CBS.

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