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Auburn Game Notes
Auburn vs. Washington State
Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium
September 2, 2006
The following individuals participated in Tiger Walk prior to tonight's game: Darrell Crawford, Al Del Greco, Ed Dyas, Kevin Greene T.J. Jackson, Ben Leard, Steve Wallace and Travis Williams.
The pre-game flight today was made by Spirit from section 109.
Auburn team captains are OT Tim Duckworth, LB Will Herring and H Matthew Motley.
Washington State won the coin toss and elected to receive. Auburn chose to defend the south end zone.
Kickoff was at 6:48 p.m. CT.
Game attendance was announced as a sellout at 87,451.
Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville appeared in a new Under Armour commercial that debuted during tonight's game. The 30-second spot, which promotes Under Armour's new line of football cleats, will air nationally throughout the college football season.
Auburn signed a five-year contract in December 2005 with Under Armour (NASDAQ: UARM) to be Official Outfitter of the university's athletic teams. Auburn's athletic teams began wearing Under Armour uniforms, cleats, apparel and accessories in the summer of 2006.
Auburn is now 87-25-2 all-time in season opening games.
Auburn had never played Washington State previously, and is now 5-3 against current members of the Pac-10 Conference.
Auburn is now 3-1 all-time in games played on Sept. 2.
Auburn now owns a 23-3 record since the start of the 2004 season.
Auburn is now 250-60-7 all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium and has won seven straight.
Auburn is now 54-4 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
Auburn is now 38-0 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 30 or more points and has won 43 straight games when scoring 30+ points.
Auburn had three sacks in the first quarter, giving the Tigers eight sacks in the first quarter of their last two home games (five in the first quarter vs. Alabama in 2005).
Auburn's 40 points were the most by a Tiger squad in a season opener since 1995 when AU scored 46 in a win over Ole Miss. It was the most in a season opener against a non-conference opponent since 1989 when AU scored 55 against Pacific.
The 40 points was the most scored by Auburn against a Pac-10 team.
Will Herring started his 37th consecutive game, which is 10 shy of the school record held by OL Jeno James (1996-99).
The following players played in their first career games at Auburn: Antonio Coleman, Mario Fannin, Alonzo Horton, Gabe McKenzie, Jerraud Powers, Aairon Savage, Craig Stevens, Ben Tate, Patrick Trahan
The following players made their first career starts at Auburn: Zach Gilbert, Lee Guess, Josh Thompson, Sen'Derrick Marks and Aairon Savage
Kenny Irons finished with 183 yards rushing, marking the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career and his seventh straight in regular season games.
Irons' 183 yards rushing marked his fourth game of at least 150 yards rushing, and it was his highest-ever rushing total in Jordan-Hare Stadium. His other three were 218 yards at LSU, 182 at Arkansas and 179 at Georgia.
Kenny Irons' 42-yard run on his first carry of the season was the then-third-longest of his career. He had touchdown runs of 74 yards at LSU and 68 yards vs. Ball State last season.
Irons' 42-yard burst surpassed his total from Auburn's first two games last season. He had 34 yards rushing through the first two games last year.
Irons' first carry of the second half was a 58-yard touchdown run, giving him 100 yards rushing on the first two carries of the halves.
Irons' touchdown run was the 14th of his career at Auburn.
Brandon Cox completed 11-of-18 passes for 191 yards.
John Vaughn's four field goals in the first half were a career high for field goals in a game, and gave him 34 for his career, moving him into a tie for fifth on Auburn's all-time field goals made list with Scott Etheridge (1992-93).
Vaughn's second and third field goals were the two longest of his career. His second field goal, a 44-yarder in the first quarter, surpassed his previous best of 43 yards in 2004 vs. Louisiana-Monroe. His third field goal, a 52-yarder in the second quarter, topped that mark.
Vaughn's four field goals are the most by an Auburn kicker since Jaret Holmes booted four in the 1997 Iron Bowl.
Vaughn's 16 points pushed his career total to 234, moving him into fifth place in Auburn history for career points scored. His 234 points are also the third-highest total for an Auburn kicker, trailing Al Del Greco (1980-83) by just two points for second all-time at AU. It was career high in points scored by Vaughn.
Courtney Taylor's first catch of the night, a seven-yarder in the first quarter, was the 100th reception of his career.
Brandon Cox's 14-yard scramble in the first quarter matched the longest rush of his career. He previously had a 14-yard touchdown run in 2004 vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
Rodgeriqus Smith's 41-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of his career. His previous long was a 38-yard reception last season vs. Mississippi State.
Brad Lester's 34-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter was the second receiving touchdown of his career. He had a 38-yard TD reception last season vs. Western Kentucky.
Lester added a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the sixth rushing touchdown of his career.
Will Herring's 42-yard rush on a fake punt in the third quarter was the first rush of his career.
Herring had his seventh career interception in the fourth quarter, and the 21-yard return was the longest of his career.
Iron's 223 all-purpose yards were a career-high. His previous career-high was 218 in the 2005 contest at LSU.
Carl Stewart's fourth-quarter touchdown was the fourth of his career