September 2, 2007

Defense answers call against Wildcats

Scoop and score. Antonio Coleman had practiced it hundreds of times before. It's a drill he routinely goes through each week.

Saturday night against Kansas State, he perfected it.

With Auburn up 16-13 with just over a minute left to play, Kansas State QB Josh Freeman was drilled in the back by Quentin Groves. The ball popped out, laid on the ground, before Coleman picked it up and raced 34 yards for the Auburn touchdown.

"I just executed my technique perfectly and was able to make a play," said Coleman. "That 4.6 40 (yard dash) is what helped me get into the end zone. It feels great to score."e all stepped up. Lee had six stops, a tackle-for-loss, a force fumble and two pass break-ups. Powers and Gilbert each had five tackles.

Groves recorded two sacks on the night giving him 25 total in his Auburn career. The senior now trails Gerald Robinson's school record by one.

DL Pat Sims also got his first start and was a beast for the Tigers interior front, although the numbers don't tell the story. Sims didn't register a tackle, but batted down a pass and pressured Freeman for much of the night.

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