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Auburn Chick-fil-A Bowl Postgame Notes

Auburn vs. Clemson

Georgia Dome

December 31, 2007


• Auburn team captains were DT Josh Thompson, RB Carl Stewart and H Matthew Motley.

• Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.  Clemson chose to receive.

• Kickoff was at 7:44 p.m. ET.                                          

• Attendance was listed as 74,413. It was the third-highest attendance for a Chick-fil-A Bowl.



·         This is the first time in Auburn bowl history that a game has gone into overtime.  Auburn had two previous bowl games that ended in ties: Jan. 1, 1988 Sugar Bowl vs. Syracuse, 16-16, and Jan. 1, 1937 Havana Bowl (the first bowl game in Auburn history) vs. Villanova, 7-7.

·         This is Auburn's second overtime game of the season.  The Tigers lost to South Florida on Sept. 8, 26-23.  The last time Auburn had two overtime games in a season was 2002 (the Tigers lost to Florida, 30-23 and defeated Syracuse, 37-34).   Auburn is now 4-5 all-time in overtime games and snaps its three-game overtime losing streak.  Before this win, Auburn's last overtime victory was Sept. 28, 2002 vs. Syracuse, 37-34. 

·         Auburn now owns an all-time record of 19-3-2 in bowl games, and is 14-6-1 since the 1974 Gator Bowl.

·         Auburn is now 3-1 all-time in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, with wins against Indiana (1990) and Clemson (1997, 2007) and a loss to North Carolina (2001).

·         Auburn has now allowed 20 or fewer points in six of its last seven bowl games.

·         Auburn now leads the all-time series with Clemson 33-11-2, and has won the last 13 games in the series dating back to a Clemson victory in 1951.

·         Auburn now owns an all-time record of 5-6-1 in games played in domed stadiums, including a 3-3 mark in games played in the Georgia Dome.

·         Auburn's 17 seniors finished their careers with a school-record 42 wins over the past four seasons, and a school-record 50 wins over the past five seasons for the fifth-year seniors.

·         Tommy Tuberville is now 5-3 in bowl games as head coach at Auburn, tying him with Shug Jordan for second for second behind Pat Dye (6) for most bowl wins by an Auburn coach.

·         Auburn has now won at least nine games in four consecutive seasons, matching the 1986-89 seasons as the longest streak in school history.

·         Auburn is now 3-2 this season against nationally-ranked teams, and is 13-4 against ranked teams since the 2004 season.

·         Auburn ran a season-high 90 plays. The previous season high was 76 plays at Arkansas.  It was the sixth most offensive plays since records are available (beginning in 1967).  It was the most plays since 1996 vs. Georgia when the Tigers had 97 plays in the four-overtime loss, 56-49.

·         Auburn had a season-high 423 yards of total offense, surpassing the previous high of 422 yards vs. New Mexico State.

·         Auburn scored on its opening drive for the seventh time in its last nine games, going 58 yards on 11 plays in 4:16 before settling for a 36-yard Wes Byrum field goal. Eight of Auburn's last nine opening drives have lasted at least eight plays, including all seven scoring drives (five touchdowns, two field goals).

·         Auburn has now scored in 63 consecutive games since last being shut out in the 2003 season opener, which is the second-longest streak in team history. The record is 149 straight games from Oct. 4, 1980 through Nov. 14, 1992.

·         Auburn led 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. It marked the sixth time in the last nine games that Auburn held its opponent scoreless in the first quarter.

·         Auburn trailed 7-3 at the half. It marked just the second time this season that Auburn trailed at the half. The only other game in which Auburn trailed at halftime was the Georgia game.

·         It marked just the second time this season that Auburn scored three or fewer points in the first half. Auburn led 3-0 at the half at Arkansas.

·         Auburn led 10-7 at the end of the third quarter. The Tigers are now 8-3 when leading after three quarters.




·         Brandon Cox's 25 completions were a career high. His previous career high was 22 in his first career start vs. Georgia Tech in 2005.  His 25 completions also are fourth most all-time in Auburn bowl history. 

·         Wes Byrum's 36-yard field goal on the opening drive was his 17th of the season, tying him with Jim Von Wyl (1990) for third most in a single season in Auburn history.

·         Tim Hawthorne's 12-yard catch in the second quarter was the longest reception of his career.

·         Antonio Coleman's had 1.5 sacks, which pushes his season total to 8.5, which ranks tied for ninth in a single season in Auburn history.

·         Coleman also had 1.5 tackles for loss, pushing his season total to 18.5, which ranks third in school history.

·         Ryan Shoemaker's two first-half touchbacks were more than he had all season. He had just one touchback in 41 punts during the regular season.

·         Kodi Burns' 22-yard touchdown pass to Mario Fannin on the opening drive of the second half was Burns' second career touchdown pass and Fannin's second career touchdown reception.

·         Burns' 7-yard touchdown run in overtime was his third rushing touchdown of the season.

·         Brad Lester's 30-yard run in the third quarter was his longest rush of the season. His previous long was a 17-yard rush against Vanderbilt.




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