Another Wild Ride: LaFell TD Ends Drought on Plains, 26-21
AUBURN, Ala. — Redshirt freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee came off the bench to lead the No. 6 LSU Tigers to their first victory at Auburn in 10 years and one day, 26-21, on a wild Saturday night on the Plains.
Lee, who entered for good when starter Andrew Hatch went down with a mild concussion in the third quarter, finished 11-of-22 passing for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
His second touchdown came with 1:03 remaining, as he tossed a dart to Brandon LaFell who made one cut and got a down-field block for an 18-yard touchdown that gave LSU the final margin.
LaFell led all receivers with four catches for 92 yards. Demetrius Byrd added three catches for 38 yards including a 22-yard touchdown pass from runningback Keiland Williams. Chris Mitchell caught Lee’s first TD, a 39-yard bomb midway through the third quarter that got LSU back into the game.
Meanwhile, runningback Charles Scott solidified his place among the SEC’s best backs with a 21-carry, 132-yard performance — the first 100-yard rusher for LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the program’s history.
LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) won the always-close battle by coming back from a 14-3 halftime deficit.
Head coach Les Miles, who’s 8-3 against Top-10 opponents after three-plus seasons at LSU, again showed his wild side by calling for an on-side kick and a halfback pass that went for a touchdown.
But, it didn’t take a mad man to win tonight’s smash-mouth SEC game. It was the LSU defensive front that allowed only 70 yards rushing on 36 attempts and forced seven Auburn punts.
On the final drive of the game, LSU defensive end Rahim Alem was called for a personal foul to allow Auburn into LSU territory with less than a minute to play.
Alem then made up for the play by sacking quarterback Chris Todd and putting Auburn behind the eight-ball. A 23-yard pass from Todd to Rodgeriqus Smith on fourth-and-25 that came up 2 yards short.
Lee kneeled the ball to end the game.
Auburn fell to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference.
Todd led Auburn offensively, completing 17-of-32 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked twice, and finished with minus-1 net rushing yards on 10 attempts.
With star runningback Brad Lester limited with a neck injury and leaving the game with a lower leg problem, Auburn’s Ben Tate led the ground attack with 45 yards on 19 carries.
Smith led Auburn with 73 receiving yards on five catches. Robert Dunn added four catches for 60 yards and the go-ahead touchdown catch midway through the fourth quarter.
A first half dominated by defense came down to two key defensive plays that changed the completion of the game. A pass interference call on LSU freshman Patrick Peterson setup an Auburn touchdown, while a 24-yard interception by Auburn’s Gabe McKenzie gave the home team a 14-3 halftime lead.
As predicted, the game started conservatively, with two first downs and four punts on the first four drives.
LSU was able to break the deadlock with a 46-yard field by Colt David with 2:02 to play in the first quarter. Hatch keyed the six-play drive with a 13-yard scamper to the Auburn 34-yard line.
The points were the first Auburn’s defense has allowed in the first half through three games this season.
Auburn crossed the midfield line for the first time with less than a minute to play in the first half, but didn’t stay there long. A false start led to a third-and-long that was unsuccessful, and another punt.
A muffed punt by returner Trindon Holliday pinned LSU at its 3-yard line to start the second quarter. Punter Brady Dalfrey gave the Tigers some breathing room with a 50-yard punt and Auburn took over at its 31.
On third-and-8 from the Auburn 33, Todd connected with Hawthorne for a 29-yard gain to the LSU 38. Tate then peeled off a 16-yard run around the right end to setup a first down at the LSU 19. When freshman cornerback Patrick Peterson was called for pass interference against Auburn wide receiver Tommy Trott, Auburn was awarded a first-and-goal at the LSU 3. Two runs by Tate resulted in a 1-yard touchdown and gave Auburn the lead, 7-3, with 8:56 left in the half.
Things did not improve much for LSU offensively, though Scott did all he could to keep the ball moving with three carries for 23 yards to start the drive. After no gain on Scott’s fourth-straight run, Lee went to the air toward LaFell and Byrd unsuccessfully.
A career-long 50-yard field goal by David was struck low and came up well short.
LSU cornerback Chris Hawkins gave his Tigers their first turnover of the evening with an interception. However, Lee was again unable to connect with Byrd and tight end Richard Dickson. A 59-yard punt by Dalfrey pushed Auburn back to its 11-yard line.
With less than two minutes to play in the half, Auburn picked up one first down but Todd’s quarterback draw on third-and-3 came up a yard short. With Auburn forced to punt, LSU called its first timeout to stop the clock.
A fair catch by Chad Jones setup LSU for a two-minute drill that went horribly wrong.
With Lee under center, LSU attempted to catch Auburn out of defensive position with a quick snap. Though LSU was flagged for an illegal shift, the play was allowed to continue and Lee’s soft flip to Williams was taken in the air by Auburn defensive end Gabe McKenzie who ran 24 yards for a touchdown.
Auburn took a 14-3 lead into the lockerroom when LSU’s final drive stalled just shy of midfield.
Auburn picked up where it left off to start the second half, putting together a 12-play drive into field goal range. However, Todd was sacked alone in the pocket by Tyson Jackson and Perry Riley to push the Auburn Tigers outside of the placekicker’s range.
A 7-yard punt off the side of Auburn punter Ryan Shoemaker’s foot gave LSU possession at its 27.
Three plays into LSU’s first drive of the half, Hatch was injured while trying to rush around the right side on second-and-9. Staggering near the LSU sideline, Hatch dropped to the ground at the instruction of his coaches and was pulled from the game.
Lee took advantage of his opportunity, completing LSU’s first pass in more than 30 minutes of game time to give the Tigers a first down. On third-and-4, He found Dickson open in the middle of the field for a 16-yard gain to the Auburn 39.
After consecutive incomplete passes setup a third-and-9 from the Auburn 39, Lee scrambled right under heavy pressure and heaved a touchdown pass to the waiting arms of Chris Mitchell.
Mitchell’s first touchdown as a Tiger cut the Auburn lead to 14-10 with 6:28 left in the third quarter.
Miles and the Tigers dug into the bag of tricks for the first time, converting an onside kick without being touched. Off the boot of kickoff specialist Josh Jasper, Jai Eugene recovered for the Tigers at their 42-yard line.
Though LSU was unable to gain a first down and punted, Auburn’s ensuing drive ended with a Hawkins interception deep in LSU territory.
LSU immediately went back to Scott, who gained 11 yards up the middle. Then, Lee found a rhythm with LaFell for gains of 33 and 23 yards to the Auburn 22. Miles and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton again dug into the archived to find a scoring play that gave LSU a lead.
Lee pitched to Williams who came out of the backfield on a misdirection play. Instead of running up-field, Williams passed the ball over the head of four defenders and into the arms of Byrd for a 22-yard touchdown.
David’s point after touchdown gave LSU a 17-14 lead on the final play of the third quarter.
LSU extended the lead to 20-14 with a 32-yard field goal by David with 8:27 to play.
However, Auburn wasn’t finished.
On second-and-10 from the Auburn 26, Todd connected with Hawthorne for a 58-yard catch and run. Todd rolled left, then right and found Hawthorne uncovered along the sideline.
On third-and-9 from the LSU 15, Todd then threw over the top of the defense to Robert Dunn for a 15-yard touchdown.
Two possessions later, Lee led LSU down the field for the game-winning score.
LSU returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 27, when Mississippi State comes to Baton Rouge for the annual “Gold Game.” Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
LSU vs. Auburn
Sept. 20, 2008 ? Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, Ala.)
1. LSU’s game captains were 1 Brandon LaFell, 6 Colt David, 28 R.J. Jackson, 49 Kirston Pittman, 74 Brett Helms and 93 Tyson Jackson.
2. Auburn won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.
3. Tigers extending their notable consecutive starts streak tonight were: LT Ciron Black (30) and LG Herman Johnson (27).
4. LSU’s onside kick midway through the third quarter was the first the Tigers have recovered since Dec. 1, 2001 against Auburn in a game that was moved because of 9/11.
5. Here are some notable updated trends for LSU under head coach Les Miles: The Tigers are 34-2 when rushing for 100 yards or more … LSU is 34-3 when scoring 20 or more points … 12-3 record in road games … 8-3 record vs. Top 10 teams.
6. LSU’s first win at Auburn since Sept. 19, 1998 when LSU defeated Auburn 31-19. The stretch lasted 10 years and one day.
7. WR Demetrius Byrd has now caught a pass in 13 straight games dating back to last year’s Tulane game on Sept. 29.
a. Byrd recorded his second TD reception of the season and ninth of his career on a 22-yard pass from Keiland Williams as time expired in the third quarter.
8. CB Chris Hawkins recorded his first career interception at the 5:34 mark in the second quarter and added another pick late in the third quarter.
a. Hawkins is the first LSU player to record two interceptions in a game since Craig Steltz did so against Ole Miss on Nov. 17 last season.
9. P Brady Dalfrey‘s punt of 59 yards with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter was a career long besting his previous career high of 46 yards.
10. WR Chris Mitchell hauled in his first career touchdown pass on a 39-yard throw from Jarrett Lee with 6:28 in the third quarter.
11. QB Jarrett Lee tallied his third touchdown pass of the season on a 39-yard toss to Chris Mitchell with 6:28 remaining in the third.
a. Lee fired his second touchdown of the game and fourth of his career on an 18-yard strike to Brandon LaFell with 1:03 left to play.
12. RB Keiland Williams completed his first career TD pass on a 22-yard throw to Demetrius Byrd as time expired in the third quarter.
a. Williams is the first LSU running back to complete a TD pass since Kevin Faulk did so to Larry Foster versus Mississippi State on Oct. 26, 1996.
13. RB Charles Scott registered his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game of the season.
a. Scott became the first LSU RB to rush for three consecutive 100-yard games since Joseph Addai did it against Vanderbilt, Florida and Auburn in October 2005. Addai ran for 102 against the Commodores, 156 against the Gators and 105 against Auburn.
b. Scott ran for 160 yards against Appalachian State, 102 against North Texas and 132 against Auburn.
14. PK Colt David connected on his third made field goal of the season and 41st of the year on a 46-yard field goal with 2:02 left in the first quarter.
a. David broke the school record of career points by a kicker with his nine points tonight. David’s career total of 298 shattered the old mark of 292 set by David Browndyke (1986-89).
15. WR Brandon LaFell hauled in an 18-yard touchdown from Jarrett Lee with 1:03 left in the game. The touchdown marked LaFell’s team-leading third touchdown of the season and the ninth of his career.
LSU Post-Game Quotes
LSU Head Coach Less Miles
“I give great credit to the Auburn team. I thought they played really well. They came up with a great plan, they were smart and they played hard. We expected a battle. For my team, I thought they showed great poise. We gave up seven points early and as a team we improved. We knew we had receivers and quarterbacks that could do that. To be tested away and by a very capable opponent and answering that test is just what this team needed. We did not play great football. We are much more capable than how we played tonight. We, like Auburn, can improve.
“This victory over Auburn will be a great game to teach from. Our coaches and players will have the resolve to eliminate those penalties and not turn the ball over; continue to run the football like Charles Scott, a 100-yard back here at Auburn; continue to throw the football like Jarrett Lee. It was a good start to conference play but there are a lot of games left.”
On the maturity of Jarrett Lee…
“We have all seen Jarrett throw and play and just getting him comfortable on the field and with the calls, that was really the issue. You watch him out there today and you could see that he was having a lot of fun. He certainly plays and enjoyed the competitive times.”
On the halfback pass for a touchdown…
“It’s something that we do. It happened to be the right time for that play. We needed a fast score. We didn’t really plan for it until this week.”
On what he said to Jarrett Lee after Auburn returned an interception for a touchdown…
“He’s done that before because we throw the football a lot; in scrimmages and practices, and frankly against all of our opponents. Auburn made a great call, he needs to just throw that one into the seats. He understood that. The great thing about competitive people is that it’s not the last play, it’s the next play, and he went on to make a bunch of more plays.”
On the onside kick…
“We felt like we had a decent call there. Our guys really pursue excellence in those types of plays, so when I have someone who has skill, it wouldn’t be right for me not to call those types of plays.”
On the LSU running game…
“We played real physical. Our tight ends are real physical and our offensive line is really big and powerful. The fullback pounds it in real good. When you try to make a tackle on a 220-pound back, it’s really hard, so there’s a physicality that we take a lot of pride in.”
LSU Running Back Charles Scott
On being the first LSU player get 100 yards against Auburn this season…
“Right now I am thinking it was the hardest 100 yards of my life. They have a great defense, but I know our defense played hard and we wanted to win.”
On encouraging quarterback Jarrett Lee after his interception in the second quarter…
“I just kept telling him to stay focused. We are all going to make mistakes, but we are going to stay in it and fight together.
On recovering after starting quarterback Andrew Hatch’s injury…
“It was good that we have been running two quarterbacks since camp. So, just because he went down does not mean we are going to miss a beat. When (Jarrett) Lee stepped in, we just kept rolling.”
On getting the come-from-behind victory…
“It was a great comeback. We expected to have to come from behind. It does not matter if it is LSU vs. Auburn, LSU, vs. Georgia, or any SEC team, we expect to play a game like this. We prepared ourselves mentally, we knew we were going to be playing a four-quarter game. We went all-out tonight.
LSU Quarterback Jarrett Lee
On coming in after starting quarterback Andrew Hatch’s injury…
“It was unfortunate that he went down, but I knew I had to come in and make plays. In the first half, I made some poor decisions, but in the second half I knew I had to come back and make some plays for my team.”
On the second half comeback…
“I knew the receivers were getting open and the offensive line was blocking, so I had to make the plays.”
On the second-quarter interception…
“The defense was not even set, I tried to snap the ball fast and get it out to Keiland Williams, but the defense got to the right place at the right time and scored.”
On returning in the second half…
“I knew I would get back in. I just knew when the opportunity came to me, I had to make the right decisions. Unfortunately, I did not make the right decisions the first time, but when they called my name again, I came through.”
LSU Receiver Brandon LaFell
On winning after losing in Auburn in 2006…
“I was hoping that I would have a couple situations where I could make big plays. I was not happy when I turned the ball over and then when I saw (Andrew) Hatch go down, I knew I had to step up, stay focused and make the big plays when it was my time.”
On Jarrett Lee’s performance…
“Everybody was pretty down when we went into the lockerroom at halftime and he came in there and kept us motivated. He kept talking about how we have been there before and then when we got back on the field, he kept giving us opportunities to make big plays as receivers. I kept looking for the ball every time. As a receiver, you want the ball to come to you and you want to make the big plays.”
LSU Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean-Francois
On the second-half stop…
“Everybody was told to get the stop. Our offense was moving and we need to keep moving because we kind of struggled in the first half.”
On 15-yard penalty…
“I just told everyone that we needed to calm down. We are a team that doesn’t really get down. Other teams would, but we don’t.”
On how big of a win it was for LSU…
“It was a great big win. This game is based a lot on tradition with the home team and we broke that tonight.”
LSU Defensive End Tyson Jackson
On the defensive stop to start the second half…
“We had pretty much figured out their offense. They made a few big plays, but that was because of our missed assignments. We were able to come together as a team and make the big play.”
On how big of a win it was for LSU…
“This is probably one of our biggest wins. We played great the whole game and we were able to move the ball down the field.”
On covering the spread offense…
“We handled it pretty well. We were prepared for it and we were able to adjust on the run.”
Auburn Post-Game Quotes
Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville
“It was a heck of a football game as it always is. It is always decided by a few points and there was no difference tonight. They made a few more plays than we did. Their receivers outran us on some crossing routes that got us into trouble a little bit. We just didn’t close on them quick enough in the second half. The trick play got us on the one touchdown.
“I was proud of our offense fighting back and getting the lead for us and then our punting let us down. We didn’t kick a very good punt. In a game like this, it is about everybody and everybody doing their share. Some areas didn’t do as well as we hoped to. In the first half on defense we played awesome. In the second half, they got something going in the passing game. They stayed with it and it opened up their running game and kept us off balance a little bit. They had a good game plan. They have an excellent football team.
“We took a major step forward. We played much better than we did last week. I was proud of the offense. At times, we started executing and we didn’t have the crazy penalties that we had last week or the turnovers. We are not satisfied obviously with losing the game. That’s hard fought. We had the lead, lost it, had the lead again, lost it and we have a disappointed bunch of guys in that locker room because we thought with the way we played at times, we should have won. Again, when you play good football teams you have to play every play. They made a few more plays than we did.”
On Punter Clinton Durst not playing
“Durst got the flu on Tuesday and his fever didn’t break until this morning. We were fortunate he was able to come out and warm up just in case we needed him. Obviously, you can’t average 37 yards a punt against these guys. You look at their side, they averaged 48 yards a punt. Special teams was a major factor and field position, especially on a couple of crucial drives.”
On Gabe McKenzie’s Interception Return for a Touchdown
“He made a big play. Our defense has been making big plays all year. It’s good to see him have some success. We fought hard on defense. I thought we got tired a little bit. When they started going what we call trips with three receivers on one side and one receiver to the other they just outran us on some speed routes and the quarterback made the throw. In a couple of games, even the games that they had won, they hadn’t thrown those passes very well. He got the hot hand there in the third quarter and kept us off balance and that was pretty much a part of it.”
On Auburn’s Second to Last Possession
“We weren’t trying to run the air out of the ball. It was just doing what they were giving us and of course, the thing that they were giving us at the time was forcing us to try to run the ball to see if they could make the tackles. I thought Tony (Franklin) called a good game. I thought it was a game where we found out a lot about ourselves. We made some big plays, made some big throws and had some runs. I would hope we would have 125 yards rushing this game and we had 70, but some of that is taken away with a couple of sacks. For us to win in this offense or any offense, you have to get the ball down the field on the ground some, but we won’t play many defenses like that. That was about as strong as we will see. They have speed. They cover a lot of ground and we still executed. We still had a few yards and a few big plays, some consistent drives and a little bit better than we have had in the past.”
On LSU’s game winning drive did you consider taking some time outs when LSU was in field goal range?
“Yes, but the way it worked out, we were going to need those if we didn’t get the sack. We had the ball at the 50 yard line with 3 time outs left. I was watching the clock, but I didn’t want to waste them.”
Did you think about playing Kodi Burns?
“Chris (Todd) was doing pretty good throwing the ball. They were forcing us to throw the ball. They had eight men on the line of scrimmage and they were going to see if we could get the ball down the field and we did. Heck, we threw the ball for 250 yards and made some plays and made some good throws. In a game like that, it is just hard. We felt like at times we would need Kodi to run the football, but we felt like we kept them off balance pretty good with Chris. It is just hard to imagine going into the game and you get the game going and we have a 14-3 lead, that you are moving the football and don’t just change it to change it.”
On Brad Lester
“Brad Lester is fine. He is just a little sore. Dr. (James) Andrews evaluated him. He could have come back into the game. It was a twisted ankle-knee.”
On not kicking a 50 yard and 48 yard field goal in the third quarter
“It was into the wind. We charted it during warmup and it was less than 50 percent from that distance. Of course, we had one decent drive (to open the second half) where we got the ball down to somewhere around the 20 yard line and we took a couple loss downs, had a run loss for about 6 yards and had a sack that knocked us out of field goal range. Those are things that we have to correct. That is game management and we didn’t do a very good job there to get at least 3 points back.”
Auburn Defensive Back Jerraud Powers
On LSU’s offensive success in second half…
“It was our fault, we should have won that game. We did not stop the run and you are not going to win a game like this if you do not stop the run. We are going to have to go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes.”
On LSU’s big plays in the second half…
“They had a couple big plays, the second was busted coverage. That is a bunch of great receivers – big, strong and fast.”
On where the team goes from here…
“This was not game 12. Of course we are going to be down after losing the game, but we are just going to learn from our mistakes and get better each week.”
Auburn Defensive End Gabe McKenzie
On the game and LSU’s offensive line…
“Every year this game depends on a few points. Some of us were not lining up right and we had a couple of busted plays. They have a big line and a talented backfield.”
On his second-quarter interception return for touchdown…
“The quarterback double-pumped, I saw the ball coming in over my head and I went up and caught it. It was a blessing, I just wanted to get to the sidelines and celebrate with the team.”
Auburn Defensive Lineman Sen’Derrick Marks
On the LSU offense…
“We knew coming into the game they had a big offensive line and a strong running back. We did a good job at first, but when they got loose they were all over us. In the second half, they came out and we had our guard down.”
On the LSU offensive line…
“It is a big, physical line. Every one of those guys is a NFL prospect. They play on a whole other level than most offensive lines you go against.”
On LSU’s second-half offense…
“They were not doing too many different things from the first half. But, once they started getting the run going, we could not stop them and they kept rolling. First things first, you have to stop the run and we did not do that.”
Auburn Quarterback Chris Todd
Thought’s on the offense’s performance…
“I have to watch the film before I say anything. There are a lot of things that I can improve on. There were some key parts of the game where we needed to take the ball down the field and score. I thought everyone battled their butts off all game. We left it all out on the field.”
Thought’s on the LSU defense…
“LSU has a heck of a defense. They are all fast and they are big and physical on their defensive line. They can all run. Our guys did a good job. We did some good things, it just wasn’t enough.”
On the loss…
“It’s obviously tough, especially a big game like this. I thought we did enough. They are a heck of a team. You have to expect that. It was a tough loss and hopefully we will learn from it and come back next week.”
On the offense’s play…
“I thought we did some good things tonight, especially in this atmosphere and this type of game. We are still getting better and I think we will continue to do that. Every game we should get better.”
On the last play…
“We actually had something coming from the left side but it ended up getting flushed out. I tried to make a play and it just wasn’t quite enough.”
Auburn Wide Receiver Robert Dunn
Thought’s on the offense’s performance…
“We were a lot better than we did last week. The quarterbacks put a lot more trust in the receivers to make plays. We made some plays, but unfortunately we didn’t make enough plays and we are just going to come out tomorrow and work harder in practice. We have another big game coming up next week (Tennessee).”
On improvements for next week…
“We need to work on just finishing. We need to capitalize on all the little things. We had too many third-and-twos that we didn’t convert. I felt like that hurt us at the beginning of the game. We had a good drive going and ended up getting a third and two, and we didn’t convert it. I think we need to work on converting third downs a lot more.”
Auburn Running Back Ben Tate
On his touchdown…
“It was just a regular zone to the right. The lineman came out good and Eric Smith had a good block; it was basically just a walk in.”
On LSU being able to stop the run…
“LSU has a great defense. They are one of the best defenses we will face all year. We just have to finish games, that’s all it comes down to.”
On what he needs to work on this week…
“I just need to work on getting better, doing the little things and learning how to finish.”
Auburn Post-Game Notes
- Auburn team captains were WR Robert Dunn, NG Tez Doolittle and DS Robert Shiver.
- LSU won the toss and elected to receive. Auburn chose to defend the north goal.
- Kickoff was at 6:47 p.m. CT.
- Game attendance was announced as 87,451. It is Auburn’s fourth straight sellout.
- Auburn now trails the all-time series with LSU 23-19-1 and has a 9-6 record in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- Auburn is now 1-2 against LSU when both teams enter the game ranked in the Associated Press top 10.
- The LSU win marks the first time in the last nine meetings that the road team has won with the last being an Auburn in Baton Rouge in 1999.
- Auburn is now 15-3 in home night games since 2000, including a 4-1 record against nationally-ranked teams.
- Auburn is now 13-1 in games when the Tigers enter the contest ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll.
- Auburn is now 33-8 in September under Tommy Tuberville, but has won 19 of its last 23.
- Auburn has now played 67 consecutive games without being shut out.
- Auburn is now 68-8 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
- LSU’s field goal with 2:02 left in the first quarter were the first points allowed in the first half by Auburn this season.
- LSU converted a third-and-four early in the second quarter, marking the first successful third-down conversion against Auburn’s defense since the first quarter of the Southern Miss game. Auburn had not allowed a successful conversion in 28 consecutive attempts.
- Auburn allowed LSU to convert just 4-of-14 third-down attempts.
- Auburn opponents are now 7-of-60 on third downs this season.
- With an eight-yard catch in the first quarter, Rodgeriqus Smith moved into the top 10 in Auburn history for career receptions. After finishing with five catches, Smith now has 97 career receptions, which ranks tied for eighth in Auburn history.
- Smith had 73 yards receiving, which also moved him into Auburn’s all-time top 10 in that category. He now ranks 10th with 1,425 career yards.
- With 45 yards rushing, Ben Tate moved to within one yard of 19th-place Curtis Kuykendall on Auburn’s all-time career rushing yards list; Tate now has 1,618 career rushing yards. With 26 yards rushing, Brad Lester moved past Rudi Johnson into 21st place in Auburn history with 1,574 career rushing yards
- Ben Tate’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his second rushing touchdown of the year and the 13th of his career.
- Gabe McKenzie’s 24-yard interception return for a touchdown was the first interception returned for a touchdown by Auburn since Walter McFadden returned an interception 93 yards vs. Tennessee Tech last season.
- The interception return was McKenzie’s first interception and first career defensive touchdown. He scored three offensive touchdowns as a tight end (one in 2006 and two in 2007).
- Tim Hawthorne’s 58-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter was the longest play from scrimmage by Auburn this season. It was also the longest reception of Hawthorne’s career.
- Hawthorne’s 87 yards receiving were more than he had in his entire career. He had four catches for 47 yards entering the game.
- Robert Dunn’s 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his first TD reception of the season and third of his career.