Rogers Evens Score With His Bulldog Buddy

Inside the Auburn Tigers
Posted Nov 15, 2004

Auburn, Ala.--With Auburn leading 7-0 in the second quarter on Saturday, Georgia was moving the football and had possession at the Tigers’ 25-yard line. That is when Auburn senior cornerback Carlos Rogers made what was the play of the game in his team’s 24-6 victory in a showdown of Top 10 teams at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Rogers, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week as well as National Defensive Player of the Week for his overall performance, came through with a leaping interception in the end zone that sent the momentum back in Auburn’s direction. The Tigers drove the ball 80 yards for a touchdown and were in control the rest of the game.

“What we did was fake the run weak, and because they had been doubling Reggie (wide receiver Reggie Brown) so much we tried to get the free safety to come up and throw it behind him,” said Georgia quarterback David Greene. “We actually had him (open) for a minute and I probably put a little too much air under it. If I could go back obviously I would have drilled it or thrown in deep in the end zone.”

Rogers jumped in front of Brown and held onto the football despite having his facemask grabbed by the would-be receiver.

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Rogers and the Tigers have one more regular season game left to win to take an 11-0 record into the SEC Championship Game.

Georgia’s other top receiver, Fred Gibson, who has 154 career receptions for 2,792 yards, was held without a catch against Auburn. “Carlos is one of my good friends and he’s a good cornerback also,” Gibson said. “He did a great job. He had an interception against Reggie in the end zone. He played great. He had a whole lot of tackles.”

Rogers finished the game with five solo tackles, three assists, two tackles for a loss, an interception and a quarterback sack.

“He told me he really wanted this one,” Gibson noted. “He couldn’t let me win this and talk about it forever--it’s our senior year. I won against him last year and I won to go to the SEC Championship Game (in 2002). He kind of evened it out. He won his freshman year and he won this time so it’s even. That’s one of the good things we can always say--y’all beat us two times and I beat y’all two times.

“Carlos is going to excel at the next level and hopefully we can continue talking trash to each other,” Gibson added. “I know we probably won’t end up on the same team. Overall, he’s a great person and he’s a great corner also.”

Auburn will try to run its record to 11-0 in the regular season finale on Saturday at Alabama. In addition to being named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Georgia, Rogers was selected as the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week as well Auburn Defensive Player of the Week by the coaches for his efforts in holding the Bulldogs to six points. Georgia was averaging 31.8 points per game entering the contest.

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