Auburn 41, Georgia Southern 7 - Game Notes
Sept. 2, 2017
NO. 12 AUBURN VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN
NO. 12 AUBURN VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN
September 2, 2017
- Captains: Austin Golson, Braden Smith, Tre' Williams
- Weather: 82 degrees at kickoff
- Coin Toss: Georgia Southern won, deferred to second half. Auburn receives at north end.
- Eagle flight: Spirit from flagpole
- Attendance: 87,451
- Auburn held Georgia Southern to 78 total yards of offense, the fewest by an Auburn opponent since Ole Miss had 9 total yards on Oct. 5, 1985.
- It tied the fewest yards by an opponent in a season-opener since UT-Chattanooga had 78 yards in 1967.
- With 8 passing yards, it was the fewest by an Auburn opponent since Vanderbilt had 7 yards passing in 1993.
- It was the first time an opponent was held under 100 yards since Ball State had 92 yards in 2001.
- Georgia Southern was held without a third-down conversion (0-15); last time for Auburn to accomplish that feat was 2014 vs. LSU (0-13).
- Auburn's 535 total yards are its seventh-most in a season-opener.
- Today's win was the 750th victory in Auburn football history, which celebrates its 125th year in 2017.
- Tonight was the 400th game at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the stadium was dedicated in 1939. Auburn is 312-81-7 (.789) all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- Auburn improves to 2-0 all-time against Georgia Southern and 26-0 against current members of the Sun Belt Conference.
- Auburn is 96-27-2 (.776) all-time in season openers. The Tigers have won 10 of their past 12 openers dating back to 2006 and four of five under head coach Gus Malzahn.
- Auburn is 99-16-3 (.852) all-time in home openers and 52-8-1 (.861) in season openers played in Auburn. The Tigers are 37-7 (.841) in season openers played at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
- Auburn is 324-9 all-time when scoring at least 30 points (30-5 under Malzahn).
INDIVIDUAL NOTES - OFFENSE
- QB Jarrett Stidham earned the start in his first game in an Auburn uniform, appearing in his first college football game since 2015.
- Stidham rushed for a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter, his first at Auburn and the third rushing TD of his career. He notched his first passing TD in the third quarter, a 19-yard strike to Ryan Davis, then another in the fourth quarter, another 19-yard scoring pass to Will Hastings.
- Stidham is the first quarterback to throw and run for a TD in his Auburn debut since Cam Newton (2 rush, 3 pass) vs. Arkansas State in 2010.
- Two other quarterbacks have thrown and run for a touchdown in their Auburn debuts: Pat Sullivan vs. Wake Forest in 1969 (2 rush, 2 pass) and Patrick Nix vs. Ole Miss in 1994 (1 rush, 1 pass).
- Kerryon Johnson's 60-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his longest career run and his 15th career TD (all rushing).
- Johnson topped the 100-yard rushing mark in the second quarter. It marks his fourth career 100-yard game on the ground. He finished with 136 yards on 16 carries.
- Kam Martin's third carry of the game went for 36 yards and his fourth career rushing touchdown.
- Will Hastings was Auburn's leading receiver with 4 receptions for 68 yards, both career-highs, and caught his second career TD in the fourth quarter, a 19-yard reception.
- Martin broke off a 61-yard run in the fourth quarter, the longest of his career. He tied Johnson as Auburn's co-leading rusher with 136 yards, his second career 100-yard game.
- Ryan Davis scored his second career touchdown on a 19-yard catch in the third quarter.
- Noah Igbinoghene had his first career rush and first career catch in the fourth quarter.
- Devan Barrett rushed five times for 26 yards in his Auburn debut.
- Sal Cannella had his first career reception on Auburn's first drive for 19 yards.
- Stidham, OL Prince Tega Wanogho, and OL Mike Horton made their first starts for Auburn's offense.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES - DEFENSE
- Auburn held Georgia Southern to 30 total yards and 3 first downs in the first half.
- Marlon Davidson had two sacks; he now has 4.5 in his career.
- Tre' Williams had two sacks; he now has 3.0 in his career.
- Williams led Auburn with 10 tackles, a career-high.
- Jeff Holland recorded Auburn's third sack of the game in the second quarter; he now has 5.0 for his career.
- Holland and DT Derrick Brown made their first Auburn starts on defense, and both had career-highs in tackles (Holland 5, Brown 6).
INDIVIDUAL NOTES – SPECIAL TEAMS
- PK Daniel Carlson became Auburn's all-time leading scorer with 365 points, passing Wes Byrum (363 points, 2007-10). He is now 8th in SEC history in career points scored, four points behind Jeff Chandler of Florida (368 points, 1997-2001) for 7th. He is 48 points shy of the all-time SEC scoring record (412, Blair Walsh, Georgia, 2008-11).
- Carlson improved to 146-of-146 on extra-point attempts in his career. He is Auburn's all-time leader and ranks third in SEC history in consecutive PATs made: Elliott Fry (South Carolina, 2013-16) is second with 155 and John Becksvoort (Tennessee, 1991-94) is first with 161.
- Carlson is now 9-of-14 in his career on attempts of 50 yards or longer. He connected from 50 yards on his first attempt in the first quarter.
- Carlson was 2-of-4 on field goal attempts in the game.