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Memories of Kick Six won't distract Auburn in Iron Bowl
Nov. 23, 2014

The Auburn bench makes the calls as Chris Davis is on his way to beat Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  It is perhaps the most memorable play in Auburn football history. It won an ESPY for the play of the year, for gosh sake.

But Auburn doesn't plan to dwell this week on last season's Kick Six victory over Alabama when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards on the final play to beat the Tide 34-28.

Auburn is taking a that-was-last-year, this-is-this-year approach, meaning Saturday's Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa is a whole new ballgame.

"We're not going to bring it up or talk about it because it can't help us this year," said Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on Sunday night. "It’s one of those things you've got to deal with. Both sides have to deal with it because it's kind of what comes with the week, just normal distractions and things that are out there. I don't think it will bother our guys. That was last year. This year is completely different and we're going to have to play even better this year."

OK, OK. Receiver Quan Bray has seen the play.

"A couple times… a couple hundred, seems like," Bray said. "It shows everywhere and that was a great play and it's going to be in history forever. We have to move on from that."

Linebacker Kris Frost agrees. He says the play "deserves to be played over and over again. Going into this game with how important this game is and we know how much we have on the line, that play or that game has no effect on the outcome of this game."

Alabama is looking to win the SEC West and a chance to play in the playoffs. The Tigers are aiming for their 10th win to become first Auburn team to have consecutive double-digit win seasons since 1988-89.

"We've got a lot to play for," said defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. 

Back-to-back 10-win seasons is "a huge goal for the football team. Just to beat Alabama, obviously, these players and these seniors in particular would be a great thing for us."

Johnson said Auburn will need to be at its best.

"We’ve got to play a lot better than we’ve been playing," he said. "I think they’re probably playing as good of football as they’ve played during the season and I’m not sure we are. We’ve got to step it up."

Johnson knows the Iron Bowl. He's coached at Alabama. He's coached at Auburn. He understands the game, having received a crash course in it when he suggested long ago to then Alabama coach Mike DuBose that another game may be bigger on the schedule. 

"'You ain't lost to Auburn yet.’ I got the message real quick there," Johnson said.

"If you have never been in one or a part of one or at least attended one," Lashlee said, "then you really can’t appreciate it. I have been able to coach in three of them and all three have gone down to the wire, a last-second drive or minute-drive by somebody just about. 

"There’s an energy in the Iron Bowl that’s different than really any other game. It’s comparable to an SEC Championship or National Championship game. A lot of these guys grew up playing against each other or with each other so there is a lot of pride. Both teams always play extremely hard. There's a lot on the line. This year will be no different."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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