"It's tough for sure," Egaue said. "We know all the fans and the Auburn family--it means so much to them. It means so much to us. It's hard to go through a loss like this. The game is over and we lost. We have to figure out what we can do to make sure it never happens again."
Another defensive lineman, sophomore tackle Angelo Blackson, said after the game that he is already looking ahead to next season after the Tigers suffered through a 3-8 season.
"Nobody on this team gave up," he insisted. "You see that throughout the locker room, you see that on the sideline.
"As a team we're just going to keep on focusing," Blackson added. "The seniors are leaving, but we've got a new group of seniors, a new group of leaders stepping up, and we're just going to try to take this thing and get it back to Auburn defense--get it back to the Auburn football way."
In other news and notes:
*Saturday's game was the first SEC road start for quarterback Jonathan Wallace. The true freshman was animated before and during the game on the Auburn sideline trying to get his team fired up.
After the game he noted he is eager to get started on preparations for the 2013 season. "It's going to start in the offseason," Wallace said. "A matter of every little thing, paying attention to small details. That is where it starts in every program, and buying into what our coaches want us to do. It goes from there."
*Blake caught three passes for 56 yards to move into fifth place in Auburn history for career receiving yardage with 2,002. He passed Darvin Adams (1,978 yards from 2008-10) and Frank Sanders (1,998 yards from 1991-94). Blake also finished fifth in career receptions with 128.
*McCalebb finished his career ranked fourth in Auburn all-purpose yardage with 4,566. He rushed for 2,586, had 620 receiving yards and 1,360 kickoff return yards.
*Redshirt freshman Kris Frost was credited with forcing Alabama's only turnover of the game. It was the first forced fumble for the linebacker.
*Tide coach Nick Saban said he was "proud" of his team's performance. "We really executed well offensively in the first half," he said. "They had a lot of shifts in motion and our defensive players did a good job of adjusting. We played well in the game. I felt great about the seniors being able to close out their career here with a pretty memorable victory for them.
"This is a great rivalry game, and for our players to be able to win this game is always a big thing for our fans, our players and all of our supporters," he added. "I was really pleased with the way we played in the game. We had some outstanding performances today. Eddie Lacy did a good job, the offensive line did a good job and A.J. McCarron had a good game today. Amari Cooper had some big catches. This was a great team victory. Everybody contributed."