Auburn vs. Clemson - Game Notes
Sept. 4, 2016
Auburn vs. No. 2 Clemson
INDIVIDUAL NOTES - OFFENSE
Auburn vs. No. 2 Clemson
September 3, 2016
Jordan-Hare Stadium | Auburn, AL
- Captains: Montravius Adams, Marcus Davis, Alex Kozan, Carl Lawson
- Weather: 81 degrees at kickoff
- Coin Toss: Clemson won toss, elected to receive
- Eagle flight: Spirit from flagpole
- Attendance: 87,451
- 17th consecutive sellout at Jordan-Hare Stadium; 27th consecutive sellout crowd for an Auburn football game (all sites) dating back to Nov. 9, 2013, at Tennessee
- Auburn had seven first-time starters tonight.
- First-time defensive starters: DE Marlon Davidson, LB Darrell Williams, CB Javaris Davis, LB Deshaun Davis.
- First-time offensive starters: C Xavier Dampeer, WR Ryan Davis, WR Darius Slayton
- Auburn scored first in its season-opener for the third straight season (Louisville 2015, Arkansas 2014).
- Auburn held Clemson to 19 points, the first time in the last 19 games Clemson has been held below 20 points (last: 28-6 loss at Georgia Tech on Nov. 15, 2014).
INDIVIDUAL NOTES - OFFENSE
- Sean White is the 10th different QB to start a season opener under Malzahn in his 11 seasons as a collegiate coach. The only QB to start two openers under Malzahn has been Jeremy Johnson (2014, 2015 at Auburn)
- All three Auburn quarterbacks saw action in the first two possessions. Sophomore Sean White started the game, senior Jeremy Johnson took the fifth snap of the game, and junior John Franklin III completed a pass on his first collegiate snap (sixth play of the game). Franklin and Johnson also lined up at receiver on the game's third play, putting all three Auburn quarterbacks on the field at the same time.
- All three quarterbacks completed at least one pass and combined to start the game 5-for-5.
- The last time three Auburn quarterbacks completed at least one pass in the same game: 2013 vs. Florida Atlantic (Nick Marshall, Jeremy Johnson and Jonathan Wallace).
- Sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson finished with a career-high 94 yards on a career-high 23 carries; his previous career-best was 36 yards on nine carries (2015 at Kentucky). He ran for his third career touchdown in the fourth quarter.
- Sophomore receiver Will Hastings hauled in his first career reception – an 8-yard catch - in the first quarter, giving Auburn its initial first down of the game.
- Hastings' three receptions led to two third-down conversions and a fourth-down conversion.
- Sophomore fullback Chandler Cox had his first four career carries for six yards.
- Sophomore receiver Stanton Truitt had a career-high four rushing attempts. He also had a career-best two catches for 17 yards.
- Sophomore receiver Ryan Davis had his first career reception late in the third quarter (15 yards and a first down).
- Freshman receiver Kyle Davis had his first career reception in the fourth quarter, a 43-yard catch that was Auburn's longest play of the game.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES - DEFENSE
- Senior Johnathan Ford had six tackles tonight, increasing his career total to 222. He passed Jermaine Whitehead (218, 2011-14) to move into 11th all-time at Auburn. Karlos Dansby and Travis Williams are next on the list with 225.
- Ford also had 1.5 tackles for loss, a career-high (previously had 1.0 on seven occasions).
- Freshman Marlon Davidson is the first Auburn true freshman to start on the defensive line in recent history (records dating back to the 1985 season).
- Freshman Derrick Brown recovered his first career fumble in the second quarter. It was forced by sophomore Darrell Williams, his first career forced fumble.
- Senior Joshua Holsey had his second career interception in the third quarter. Both career interceptions have come in a season-opener (previous: Washington State, 2013).
- Junior defensive back Nick Ruffin finished with a career-high 10 tackles (previous high: 7 vs. Jacksonville State, 2015).
- Senior defensive back Tray Matthews finished with nine tackles, his career-best at Auburn (previous: 8 vs. Louisville & San Jose State in 2015).
- Freshmen Javaris Davis, Marlon Davidson, Darrell Williams and Derrick Brown and sophomore Paul James recorded their first career tackles. Davis finished with four and Williams with six.
- Sophomore DeShaun Davis had a career-high five tackles.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES – SPECIAL TEAMS
- Senior Kevin Philips' punt with 5:29 left in the first quarter was a career-long 68-yard kick. It tied for the 11th-longest in school history, and it was the longest by an Auburn punter since Oct. 21, 2006, when Kody Bliss had a 71-yard punt vs. Tulane.
- Senior Daniel Carlson's 53-yard field goal in the second quarter was his sixth career field goal of 50+ yards, which is a new Auburn school record (previous: Neil O'Donoghue, 5 from 1975-76).
- Auburn's last 50+ yard field goal came against Ole Miss in 2015 (52 yards), also by Carlson.
- Carlson is 6-for-7 in his career on attempts of 50+ yards.
- Carlson's third-quarter field goal was the 43rd of his career, ranking him fifth all-time at Auburn, passing Al Del Greco (42 from 1980-83).
- Carlson has converted 19 of his last 20 field goal attempts, dating back to the Tigers' 2015 game at Kentucky.
- Carlson converted his 98th consecutive PAT attempt; Auburn kickers have made 125 consecutive PATs dating back to the 2013 Tennessee game. He tied Gardner Jett (1970-72) for sixth in Auburn history with 98 career PATs made.
- Carlson scored seven points kicking tonight, giving him 227 for his career. He is three points back of sixth all-time at Auburn in points kicking (230, Win Lyle, 1987-89).
- Auburn continued its streak of not having a punt blocked, now at 91 consecutive games (only Hawaii has a longer active streak at 92).