AU Coaches Thrilled for Seniors

Curtis Luper

Curtis Luper and Jeff Grimes comment on Auburn's exciting BCS Championship victory.

Glendale, Ariz.--Auburn's assistant coaches were as happy as their players as they celebrated their team's 22-19 BCS National Championship victory over Oregon.

Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes said, "I can't even describe it. I am so proud to be a part of this program. I am so happy for this kids who have poured so much into it. I couldn't think of a better way to end this year, particularly with so many seniors playing their last game at Auburn.

"It was a very tough game," Grimes said. "I thought it was very hard fought on both sides. Both defenses stepped up and played well. We knew we would have our work cut out for us. I am just happy that we did what we have done all year--we found a way to win the fourth quarter."

Running backs coach Curtis Luper said, "Sometimes you don't know what to expect when you have six weeks off. I think Michael Dyer did a phenomenal job of protecting the ball and running the ball. Anytime you can produce like he produced in the fourth quarter in the national championship game, in the final quarter on the final drive, that was special.

"I told Gus (offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn) keep giving it to Michael because he is going to win the game," Luper said. "I knew it, I felt it. I am proud of Michael, I am proud of our defense and I am proud of our team. I am so happy for Coach (Gene) Chizik because he put this whole thing together."

Luper said the victory over Oregon was a true team win. "We have been telling folks all along that we were more than just Cam Newton. We have a great offensive line and at times our defensive line was dominant in this game.

"The special teams were big," Luper noted. "Oregon has a great punt returner and he didn't get a chance to do anything against us. That is great coaching and great playing by our guys.

"I am really happy for the 23 seniors on this team," Luper added. "Those are the guys who bought in when we came here as a coaching staff two years ago and that is why we were here in the national championship today."

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