Sept. 1, 2012
Auburn vs. Clemson
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Attendance: 75,211 - new Chick-fil-A Kickoff record
Tre Mason recorded his first 100-yard career rushing game with 106 yards on 14 carries (7.6 ypc). Mason's 30-yard gain in the second quarter was his longest career rushing play.
Kiehl Frazier's 54-yard touchdown completion to Emory Blake in the first quarter was the longest pass play and scoring play of the first-time starter's career. That play, and a 38-yard completion to Philip Lutzenkirchen, each exceed his passing total of 34 yards for the 2011 season. Frazier finished the game with 194 yards on 10-of-27 passing and a touchdown.
Blake now moves to seventh on the Auburn career touchdown receptions list with 14 scores (tying Lawyer Tillman/1985-88 and Philip Lutzenkirchen/2009-12). Blake also moved up the all-time receiving yardage list with his career-best 109 yards vs. Clemson. He now stands at 13th with 1,342 yards jumping four spots and Devin Aromashodu/2002-05 (1,333), Alexander Wright/1986-89 (1,320), Ben Obomanu/2002-05 (1,313) and Thomas Bailey/1991-94 (1,243).
Ontario McCalebb rushed for 82 yards to improve to 13th on the Auburn all-time rushing list with 2,098 yards passing Lionel James/1980-83 (2,086 yds) and James Bostic/1991-93 (2,084). He also had two receptions for six yards which moves him to fourth on the receptions by a running back list with 47 (tied with Stacy Danley) and fifth for receiving yardage by a running back with 494, passing Carnell Williams/2001-04.
Philip Lutzenkirchen is now fourth all-time in Auburn career receiving yards by a tight end, with 560. He passes Andy Fuller/1993-95, 494 yds; Lorenzo Diamond/1999-2002, 521 yds; Victor Hall/1989-91, 521 yds.
Corey Lemonier's two first-half sacks give him multiple sacks in three of his last eight games. Lemonier ended the game with a career-best nine tackles.
Dee Ford also recorded his first multiple-sack game with two, which is a career-best.
Cody Parkey's 46-yard field goal in the third quarter was a career long for the junior kicker. He has made 10 of his last 12 field goal attempts dating back through last year's Florida game. He is now 6-of-7 all-time in the Georgia Dome.
Parkey converted on four field goals in a game for the first time in his career; he had three field goals last season vs. Florida Atlantic. The last Auburn kicker with four field goals in a game was Wes Byrum at Tennessee in 2009. His four field goals made tonight also ties a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic record.
Daren Bates' fourth-quarter interception was the third of his career and first since the 2010 SEC championship game.
Players seeing their first career action for Auburn in the Clemson game: Joshua Holsey, Kris Frost, Sammie Coates, Mike Blakely, Justin Garrett, Jay Prosch, Anthony Swain, Ricky Parks, Jordan Spriggs, Avery Young, Jake Lembke, Forrest Hill, Melvin Ray, Greg Robinson and Jonathan Jones.