November 19, 2012

NOTEBOOK: Ford looks forward with eye on past

AUBURN -- Players spent time before practice Monday watching highlights from Iron Bowls past and what the game meant to men who have participated in it.

The moment resonated with defensive end Dee Ford.

"It's nothing about a record. This goes to families. We owe this to the Auburn family," Ford said. "My approach to it is I'm really playing for the people. I'm playing for the 80-year old man who has been representing Auburn for so long who bleeds orange and blue. That's what I'm playing for."

Auburn's trip to Tuscaloosa will be its first since perhaps the series most epic comeback in 2010. The top-ranked Tigers trailed 24-0 during the second quarter and was failing on both sides of the ball.

The Crimson Tide seemed headed for yet another touchdown when defensive end Antoine Carter stripped the ball from tailback Mark Ingram. Auburn recovered in the end zone for a touchback.

Alabama never seemed to recover.

Tailback Onterio McCalebb, who rushed for 50 yards that afternoon, said Monday that the 2010 game is an everyday reminder of what can happen when Auburn chooses to get serious about something.

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