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Auburn vs. Southern Miss

Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium

Sept. 6, 2008


• The pre-game flight was made by Spirit front between sections 109 and 110 on the east side of the stadium.

• Auburn team captains were WR Rodgeriqus Smith, LB Merrill Johnson and DS Robert Shiver.

• Southern Miss won the toss and deferred to the second half. Auburn chose to receive. ULM defended the south goal.

• Kickoff was at 11:34 p.m. CT.                                        

• Game attendance was announced as 87,451. It is Auburn’s third straight sellout.



·         Auburn now leads the all-time series with Southern Miss 17-5 and has won the last three.

·         Auburn is now 32-7 in September under Tommy Tuberville and has won 18 of its last 21.

·         Auburn has now played 65 consecutive games without being shut out.

·         Auburn is now 68-7 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.

·         Auburn held an opponent scoreless in the first half for the 36th time during the Tommy Tuberville era. The Tigers are 35-1 in those games.

·         Auburn allowed its first points of the season with 3:16 left in the third quarter. The Tigers held their opponents scoreless for the first 102:27 of the season before allowing a point.

·         Auburn completed passes to 11 different receivers. It marked the most Tigers to catch passes in a single game since 11 players caught passes against Ole Miss on Oct. 29, 2005.





·         Chris Todd made his first career start for Auburn at quarterback, while Eric Smith started his first career game at running back.

·         Harry Adams and Derek Winter played in their first collegiate games, bringing the number of true freshmen that have played for Auburn this season to 12.

·         Chris Todd threw 7-of-9 passes for 90 yards in the first 10 minutes of the game, surpassing Auburn’s passing total from the entire season opener. The Tigers had 85 yards passing against Louisiana-Monroe.

·         Antonio Coleman’s sack in the first quarter was his second in as many games this season, and gave him 10.5 sacks for his career.

·         Robert Dunn’s 32-yard punt return in the first quarter moved him into sixth place in Auburn history for career punt return yardage ahead of Roderick Hood. Dunn now has 628 career punt return yards.

·         Dunn’s103 punt return yards was a new career high, surpassing his previous best of 74 yards vs. Kansas State in the 2007 season opener. It was the first time an Auburn player had more than 100 yards in punt returns in a game since Joe Watkins against Ball State on Sept. 1, 2001.

·         Rodgeriqus Smith had 1 catch for 21 yards, moving in to a tie for 12th place in Auburn career history with 90 career catches, and 11th place with 1,344 career receiving yards.

·         Ben Tate’s 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his 12th career rushing touchdown and first of the season.

·         Tristan Davis’ 13-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter was his first touchdown since 2005 at Kentucky. It was his first carry since the 2005 game against Alabama.

·         Wes Byrum’s 52-yard field goal was the longest of his career, surpassing a 49-yard field goal last season vs. South Florida. It was Auburn’s first field goal of 50+ yards since John Vaughn nailed a 55-yarder in 2006 vs. Mississippi State.

·         Byrum booted two field goals, adding a 23-yarder in the fourth quarter, giving him 21 for his career.

·         Kodi Burns’ 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the fourth rushing TD of his career and first of the season.

·         Zach Clayton recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

·         Jerraud Powers recorded his fifth career interception in the fourth quarter.

·         Zach Etheridge recorded his first career interception in the fourth quarter.

·         Craig Steven’s game ending fumble recovery was the first of his career.




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