Auburn Athletics Communications released these quotes from Auburn players after their win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl, 34-28:
Auburn vs. Alabama
November 30, 2013
Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium
Auburn Post-Game Player Quotes
Cornerback Jonathon Mincy
On Chris Davis' return... "I knew he had the ability to return it all the way. It was something that he was prepared for. I'm just happy for him."
On team's fourth-quarter strength... "It really is just us sticking together, and that is something that all our coaches teach and keep in our mindset. It's just us coming out and playing and, like Coach Malzahn said, we will find a way to win."
On SEC Championship game... "Just me being able to play in the Georgia Dome again, it's a great feeling. I'm happy for it, and I'm happy for this team."
Safety Jermaine Whitehead
On Chris Davis' return... "When they took a timeout, we decided that if they missed the kick, what was the worst that could happen? He's a great punt returner. We decided we might as well give it a chance."
On team's mentality... "Being here my three years, I have seen a lot. I am able to cope with any situation and try to keep the guys' spirit up. It's a game. Either way it goes, we are going to finish and keep putting points on the board. We are going to come out and fight."
On SEC Championship game... "It feels like the 2010 season. I was at home being recruited, I thought that had to be one of the most amazing experiences. It's like a dream come true. I feel like we are destined to finish very strong. We are going to go to the film room and make sure we are ready to play that week."
Running Back Corey Grant
On Tre Mason's fumble... "After he fumbled, I know I didn't have to say anything to him. I knew that after the fumble, it was only going to excite him and make him run harder, and it did."
On offensive keys... "I think it was just our ability to move the ball and make the plays when we can. Nick threw a great touchdown pass to Sammie. We just make the plays when they need to be made. When we go on our pace offense, no one has been able to stop us yet. We are going to keep doing that."
On the win... "After coming from Alabama and playing in the Iron Bowl with Auburn, with the winner going to the SEC Championship, it means a lot. It was just a great feeling."
About the success of the running game…
"That's just what we do. We're going to stick to what we do and that's what we did. It worked out to our favorite."
Safety Ryan Smith
About the game…
"It was just a hard-fought game. We said from the beginning that we just want to play 60 minutes and that's what we did tonight."
About his thought when Chris Davis caught the ball nine yards deep in the end zone…
"We were planning on scoring and setting up blocks. Chris set the return up perfectly and we made the blocks that made it possible for him to take it the whole way."
About the dog pile at the end…
"It was unexplainable. It was a great win for our university and our state's fan base."
About how big this win is for you since you are from the state…
"It means everything. Growing up I was an Auburn fan and I never liked Alabama. Now it's our state for the next 365."
Cornerback Chris Davis
About winning a game in that fashion…
"God is good. That's all I've got to say about that."
About Auburn being a team of destiny…
"It's a team that's determined. We won't take no for an answer and we stuck together."
About the return…
"At first I had no idea that we had anyone back there, then coach called the timeout and we made the switch and I went back to receive. I knew when I caught the ball I would have room to run and I knew we had bigger guys on the field to protect and that was all after that."
About what's going through his mind when running down the sidelines…
"When I looked back I said I couldn't believe this. When I was running I said God is good."
About being a part of Iron Bowl history…
"It really hasn't sunk in yet, but as a team it feels great for all the players. We stuck together through whatever and to overcome from what we went through last year, it feels unbelievable."
Defensive end Dee Ford
About how does the team keep winning games like this…
"Faith. Believing in what the coaches say and what we tell each other. That's something we've built up all year and we keep finding ways to win."
About if there was any doubt…
"No Doubt. No Doubt. We just keep fighting."
About how they bounced back from the 99-yard pass…
"We put it behind us. Even early on I had a crucial penalty on myself, but we just put it behind us. We don't point fingers. We don't argue. We just keep moving on."
About the play call on 4th down…
"It was a great play. It's just what we do and we knew that's what we had to do."
Running back Tre Mason
About coming back from the fumble…
"Made a touchdown the next drive. I was angry and we scored the touchdown."
About playing in the SEC championship game…
"Man we worked hard for this and we can't wait to get there."
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