Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. Louisiana Tech
Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium
September 5, 2009
The pre-game flight was made by Spirit front section 110/111.
Auburn team captains were QB Chris Todd, DE Antonio Coleman and P Clinton Durst.
Auburn won the toss and elected to receive. Louisiana Tech chose to defended the north goal.
Kickoff was at 6:06 p.m. CT.
Game attendance was announced as 81,143.
Auburn head coaches are now 17-8-1 in their first games as head coach of the Tigers.
Auburn has now won his last 16 games in which Gene Chizik was part of the coaching staff.
Auburn is now 90-25-2 all-time in season opening games.
Since 1977, Auburn is now 23-5 in season openers against non-conference opponents. All-time, the Tigers are now 53-15 when opening the season versus a non-conference foe.
Auburn is now 11-0-1 all-time against Louisiana Tech.
Auburn is now 15-0-1 all-time in games against current members of the Western Athletic Conference.
Auburn is now 16-3 in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the 2000 season.
Auburn has now won 21 of its last 25 games played in September.
Auburn has now won 50 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points. The Tigers have not lost when scoring at least 30 points since a 56-49, four-overtime loss to Georgia in 1996.
Auburn's opening drive was a 13-play, 69-yard drive that took 5:36. Last year, Auburn had just two scoring drives of 13 plays or more all season, and only four scoring drives of at least five minutes.
Auburn finished with the game with 556 total yards, 301 yards rushing and 255 yards passing, easily surpassing the Tigers season averages of 302.9 total yards, 137.5 yards rushing and 165.4 yards passing.
Auburn's 556 yards of total offense were the most since November 5, 2005 vs. Kentucky (589 yards of total offense).
Chris Todd's 93-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Zachery in the third quarter was the longest play from scrimmage in school history. The previous long was a 92-yard rush by Ralph O'Gwynne vs. Loyola on Nov. 21, 1936, and the longest pass play was an 87-yard pass from Jason Campbell to Silas Daniels on Oct. 9, 2004, also against Louisiana Tech.
Auburn's 98-yard scoring drive was tied for the fourth longest scoring drive since records began being kept in 1970.
The following players made their first career starts at Auburn: Darvin Adams, Daren Bates, Nick Fairley, Adam Herring, Andrew McCain and Terrell Zachery.
With 117 yards rushing, Ben Tate became the 13th player in Auburn history to amass 2,000 career yards rushing. Tate, who moved past Secdrick McIntyre (1973-76) AND Lionel James (1980-83) on Auburn's career rushing list for 11th place, now has (2,076) yards rushing for his career.
Onterrio McCalebb, in his first collegiate game, finished with 148 yards rushing and scored his first career touchdown. McCalebb became the first Auburn freshman to rush for 100 yards in a season opener since Bo Jackson had 123 yards rushing against Wake Forest in the 1982 season opener.
McCalebb's total of 148 yards rushing ranks seventh in school history for freshmen.
Mario Fannin set a new career high in receiving yards with 82 and receptions with 8. Fannin's previous high was 56 yards last season at Vanderbilt.
Auburn had a pair of 100-yard rusher in McCalebb (148) and Tate (117) for the first time since 2007 against New Mexico State when Tate (111) and Mario Fannin (103) did it.
Chris Todd had a career high 255 yards passing. His previous career high was 250 yards against LSU last season.
Wes Byrum opened the scoring with a 25-yard field goal, added a 49-yarder on the last play of the first half and a 47-yarder in the third quarter. Byrum now has 31 career field goals, which ranks tied for eighth in school history.
Byrum's three field goals tied his career high for field goals in a game. It marked the fifth time in his career he has made three field goals in a game.
Kodi Burns' 1-yard touchdown rush in the first quarter was the ninth rushing touchdown of his career.
Nick Fairley recovered a fumble in the second quarter in his first career game as a Tiger.
Daren Bates intercepted a pass in the third quarter in his first career game as a Tiger.
Terrell Zachery's 93-yard touchdown reception was the first touchdown of his career. Prior to tonight's game, Zachery had just 24 yards receiving in his career.
Antonio Coleman's sack in the third quarter gave him 15.5 for his career, tying him for 10th in school history for career sacks with Stanley McClover.
Darvin Adams had his first career touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter. He finished with four catches for 65 yards, easily surpassing his previous career totals of three catches for 18 yards.