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||Auburn Game Notes
Auburn's 595 total yards (302 rushing, 293 passing) are the sixth-most for Auburn against an SEC opponent. It was also the third-most for Auburn in a season-opener and the most since 608 total yards (367 rushing, 241 passing) against Arkansas State in the 2010 season-opener.
Auburn's 228 total yards (186 passing, 42 rushing) in the first quarter were the Tigers' first 200-yard quarter since the third quarter vs. Missouri last season in the SEC championship game (212 rushing, 8 passing).
With 154 yards receiving today, D'haquille Williams produced the 12th best receiving day ever in an Auburn uniform. That's the best receiving total by a Tiger since Darvin Adams (217 yds) in the 2010 SEC championship game vs. South Carolina. It's the most receiving yards ever by an Auburn player in his first game.
With nine receptions, Williams ranks tied for ninth in most receptions in a game. It's the most catches by an Auburn player since Emory Blake (10) vs. Arkansas in 2012.
Melvin Ray's first-quarter 49-yard touchdown reception from Jeremy Johnson was his second career TD catch; the first was a 50-yard TD in the BCS national title game.
Cameron Artis-Payne's first-quarter touchdown carry was the seventh of his career. He finished with a career-high 177 yards on 26 attempts (6.8 ypc). This was his third career 100-yard rushing game.
This is Auburn's seventh consecutive game with a 100-yard rusher.
Artis-Payne's 177 yards rushing and Williams 154 yards receiving marks the first time Auburn has had a 150-yard rusher and a 150-yard receiver in the same game since Carnell Williams [177 rush] and Tim Carter [156 receiving] did it against Arkansas in 2001.
Daniel Carlson's 62-yard punt in the second quarter was the longest Auburn punt since a 71-yarder by Kody Bliss vs. Tulane in 2006.
Jeremy Johnson (243 yards in first half) is the first Auburn quarterback to throw for more than 200 yards in a half since Cam Newton in 2010 vs. South Carolina in the SEC championship game (281 yards in first half).
Nick Marshall's 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the 13th rushing TD of his career. He has rushed for a touchdown in six consecutive games.
Jermaine Whitehead's 32-yard interception return for a touchdown is the second INT TD of his career. The first was against Florida Atlantic in 2011. It was Whitehead's fourth career interception.
Auburn is now 306-5 when scoring at least 30 points and it has scored 30 points or more in 11 straight games.
First-time starters for Auburn were DE Montravius Adams, S Johnathan Ford, OT Shon Coleman, WR D'haquille Williams and TB Cameron Artis-Payne.
Auburn is now 94-26-2 in season openers and 97-15-3 in home openers all-time.
Saturday's game was suspended due to lightning at 5:52 pm CT. The weather delay lasted 1 hour, 28 minutes. There was 9:55 left in the fourth quarter when the game was suspended. Auburn had kicked a 45-yard field goal to take a 38-21 lead prior to the suspension.
Eagle flight was Nova from above Section 12 in the SW corner.