November 27, 2009

Defense stuffs Tide running game

Heading into the Iron Bowl, many had Alabama running back Mark Ingram pegged as the leading Heisman Trophy candidate.

But Ingram wasn't winning the Tide's first Heisman at Jordan-Hare Stadium Friday. Not even close.

Auburn's defense stepped up and played its finest game of the year holding Ingram to 30 yards on 16 carries. An Alabama rushing offense that was averaging 225.6 yards per game had just 73 on the ground.

"That was our thinking going in -- that in order to have a chance to win the football, we had to stop the run. We did a good job with that," AU defensive coordinator Ted Roof said.

Junior linebacker Josh Bynes led Auburn's defense with 10 tackles including seven solos and 1.0 tackles-for-loss. He also provided several big hits on Ingram.

"I thought (Bynes) played his most physical football game of the year," Roof said.

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