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Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. Kansas State
Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium
September 1, 2007
The pre-game flight tonight scheduled to be made by Spirit was cancelled due to the rain.
Auburn team captains are QB Brandon Cox, DE Quentin Groves and H Matthew Motley.
Kansas State won the coin toss and elected to receive. Auburn chose to defend the north end zone.
Kickoff was at 6:49 p.m. CT.
Game attendance was announced as 86,439.
· Auburn is now 88-25-2 all-time in season opening games.
· Auburn is now 3-0 all-time against Kansas State.
· Auburn is now 11-15-1 all-time in games against current members of the Big 12 Conference.
· Auburn is now 256-62-7 all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
· Auburn is now 12-1 in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the 2000 season.
· Auburn is now 29-5 in games played in September during the Tommy Tuberville era.
· Auburn is now 63-4 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
· Auburn allowed just three points in the first half. Last season, the Tigers held their opponents to single digits in the first half seven times in 13 games.
· After allowing 91 yards of offense during Kansas State's first two possessions, Auburn's defense allowed the Wildcats just 34 yards of offense over their final five drives of the first half.
· Auburn trailed 13-9 after three quarters. Last season, Auburn was 11-0 when leading after three periods and 0-2 when trailing after three quarters.
· The following players made their first career starts at Auburn: Pat Sims, Craig Stevens, Zac Etheridge, Jerraud Powers, Ben Tate, Tyronne Green, Mike Berry, Lee Ziemba and Prechae Rodriguez.
· Brandon Cox passed Patrick Nix for fifth on Auburn's career passing yardage list in the second quarter. Cox now has 5,108 career passing yards.
· Brandon Cox finished the game with 229 passing yards. It marked the 13th time in his career that he has thrown for at least 200 yards in a game.
· Rodgeriqus Smith's 55-yard reception in the first quarter was the second longest in his career. He had a 62-yard reception last season against Mississippi State.
· Freshman Wes Byrum scored the first points of his career with a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter. He added a 39-yard field goal later in the second period and a 31-yard boot in the third quarter. Byrum finished the game with 11 points.
· Ben Tate's 22-yard reception on a screen pass was the longest of his career.
· Tray Blackmon had his first career interception on the final play of the first half.
· Quentin Groves had his 25th career sack in the fourth quarter and it resulted in a Kansas State fumble. He is now one shy of the school career record held by Gerald Robinson (1982-85).
· Antonio Coleman's 34-yard recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was his first career recovery.
· Robert Dunn had a career-best 57-yard punt return in the third quarter which ranks as the 12th-longest punt return in Auburn history.
· Patrick Lee had a career-high six tackles. His previous career high was five set as a freshman in 2004 against Louisiana Tech and again last season against Buffalo.
· Zac Etheridge had a career-high eight tackles.
· Tommy Trott's fumble recovery in the fourth quarter that aided in Auburn's eventual winning touchdown was his first of his career.
· On Auburn's touchdown drive that began at 6:09 in the fourth quarter, Brandon Cox completed 5-of-6 passes for 63 yards. In the drive, he completed passes to four different receivers, culminating in a touchdown pass to Gabe McKenzie at 2:01 in the fourth quarter.
· Chris Evans' interception return (19 yards) in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.