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Carter scores TD in Iron Bowl

Former Greenville High School standout Kenneth Carter scored a first quarter touchdown in the Tigers' 42-14 loss to Alabama on Saturday. (Advocate Staff/Ashley Vansant)

Former Greenville High School standout Kenneth Carter’s first collegiate touchdown couldn’t have come on a bigger stage.

At least not for someone raised in the state of Alabama.

With just four seconds remaining in the first quarter of Saturday’s Iron Bowl, the Auburn defensive tackle recovered an AJ McCarron fumble in the end zone for the Tigers’ first score of the game.

Carter, who started the first eight games of the season, wrestled the ball away from Alabama’s Alfred McCullough after Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier jarred the ball loose from McCarron with a crushing blindside hit.

“I wanted to make sure there was no question that I had that ball,” Carter said.

The score trimmed the Crimson Tide’s lead to 14-7. Alabama went on to win the game 42-14.

Carter’s fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first defensive touchdown for Auburn in an Iron Bowl since Brad Ware’s 34-yard interception return for a score in the 1996 game. It was also the first defensive touchdown of the season for the Tigers and the first by an Auburn player since Troy native Zac Etheridge’s 47-yard fumble return for a score against Arkansas in 2010

While Saturday’s touchdown marked the first for Carter during his tenure on the Plains, it wasn’t the first time the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder from the Camellia City found his way into the end zone. During his senior season at Greenville, Carter intercepted a screen pass and returned it for a score.