AU's coach Chizik looks back on first Iron Bowl win

Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik

Opening statement:

I couldn't be more proud of our football team. I'm so proud and feel so blessed to be a part of the Auburn family, our players, our coaches and our fans. That was a game that will certainly go down in history. It's hard to come back when you're down 24-0. It was something that we had done before in terms of having to overcome a lot of adversity. I couldn't be more proud of our coaching staff that made some great adjustments at halftime, both on offense and defense. Players came out and executed. It was a great win for Auburn football and it was a great win for Auburn University. I couldn't be more proud of that locker room in there. It is full of a lot of love, I'll tell you that. They deserve this win tonight because they fought for it and again, I just feel proud to be a part of it.

On what was done in terms of adjustments in the second half:

Well first of all we didn't tackle very well in the first half. We created some missed tackles, created a lot of yardage. We had a busted coverage earlier in the game that led to an easy touchdown that should have never occurred. We just had to settle down and play and just figure out what the game plan was at the end of the game and what their idea was on how to attack the defense. We felt like at halftime we had a good idea of what that was. We just needed to settle down and play. Our coaches did a great job of adjusting at halftime as they've done all year and our players did a great job of executing it. Our defense did a great job of holding them to three points in the second half and that was off a turnover off a bobbled punt. I couldn't be more proud of our defense. Obviously it was ugly in the first half. I think everybody saw that, but they responded really well.

On his decision to go for it multiple times on fourth down in the second half:

We came here to win the game. We did not come here to tie. We didn't come here with our hat in our hand. We came here to win the game. Sometimes you have to make those calls. I'll tell you what, if we didn't have faith in our players and the way they executed, we would have never made that call. I have as much faith in our guys on a fourth-and-four or fourth-and-two or fourth-and-inches, as anybody on the planet. When you feel that way, you're going to come on the road in a tough place to win and you're going to come here to win the game. That's what we did.

On Auburn being more deserving of playing in the BCS National Championship than other schools:

I haven't had a chance to watch the other teams that are in the top five in the BCS. We're focused on who our next opponents are. I just think that my opinion doesn't really matter to be honest with you. If we're lucky enough to win the SEC Championship, then we'll be playing for it. Whoever is going to be in the mix for that is not up to me.

#4 Zac Etheridge Safety

On the come-from-behind victory:

It was outstanding. We all stayed together. We just kept on fighting until the last second ticked off the clock.

On the team's second-half adjustments

We didn't really make any adjustments. We just changed our mentality and kept fighting.

#5 Michael Dyer Running Back

On the slow start today:

We were just really anxious. We just didn't really focus on the things we needed to do.  We were just ready to go, and so some of the things that normally would have gone smoothly did not. We just couldn't execute our routine plays and key reads. We were just too anxious and caught up in all the hype in the first half. And in the second half we just got into our rhythm and played ball.

On the rematch next week with South Carolina:

It's one of those big games where we're just going to have to go out there and execute and do exactly what needs to be done to win the game.

On the two fourth-down plays in the second half:

(Cam Newton) was just showing what all he can do. Darwin (Adams) ran a great route and Cam delivered the ball for a first down. The receivers were just doing what they could do to win. It was just one of those games where we just got excited and did everything we could to win.