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Auburn vs. South Florida

Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium

September 8, 2007


• Tonight's pre-game flight was made by Spirit from the northeast ramp.

• Auburn team captains were WR Prechae Rodriguez, DT Josh Thompson and H Matthew Motley.

• Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. South Florida chose to receive and Auburn will defend the north end zone.

• Kickoff was at 8:09 p.m. CT.                                                        

• Game attendance was announced as 82,617.




·         Auburn is now 12-2 in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the 2000 season.

·         Auburn is now 256-63-7 all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

·         Auburn is now 29-6 in games played in September during the Tommy Tuberville era.

·         Auburn is now 63-5 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.

·         Auburn is now 3-5 in overtime games all-time.  This was the seventh overtime game under Tuberville (3-4).

·         For the second straight week, Auburn's opponent scored first when Matt Grothe scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Last Saturday, Kansas State scored first on a field goal and led 3-0 after the first quarter.

·         Auburn allowed 14 points in the first quarter to South Florida. The last time an Auburn opponent scored at least 14 points in the first quarter was Oct. 23, 2003, when LSU scored 21 first-quarter points in Baton Rouge.

·         The last time Auburn allowed 14 first-quarter points at Jordan-Hare Stadium was Oct. 21, 2000, when Louisiana Tech scored 14 points. Auburn bounced back to win that game 38-28.

·         Auburn rallied from a 14-3 first-quarter deficit to lead 17-14 at the half. The last time Auburn trailed by more than 10 points in the first quarter and came back to lead at halftime was the 1996 Iron Bowl in Birmingham. Alabama led 17-3 after the first quarter but Auburn rallied to lead 20-17 at the half. Alabama came back to win the game 24-23.

·         After eight quarters (including overtime) this season, all 46 of Auburn's points have been scored by freshmen and sophomores. Sophomores Gabe McKenzie and Antonio Coleman and freshmen Mario Fannin and Wes Byrum have accounted for all 46 points.

·         In Auburn's first two games this season, the Tigers allowed a total of 239 yards of offense in the first quarters and only 55 yards in the second quarters.      

·         Auburn led 17-14 at the end of the third quarter. Last season, Auburn was 11-0 when leading after three periods.

·         The last overtime loss for Auburn came on Oct. 22, 2005, in Baton Rouge.  LSU defeated Auburn, 20-17. 





·         Brandon Cox moved into fifth place in Auburn history for career pass completions, passing Patrick Nix. Cox, who now has 395 career completions, passed Nix for fifth place last week in career passing yardage.

·         Wes Byrum kicked a career-long 49-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the first quarter. He finished the game with three field goals.

·         True freshman Chris Slaughter had his first career reception with 1:44 left in the first quarter.

·         Mario Fannin scored his first career touchdown with 14:15 left in the first quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run. It was Auburn's first rushing touchdown of the season.

·         Ben Tate's 36-yard rush in the second quarter was the third longest of his career. He had a 42-yard touchdown run last year against Buffalo and a 38-yard carry against Arkansas State.

·         Patrick Tatum's first career punt was downed on the 1-yardline.

·         Gabe McKenzie caught his second touchdown of the season on a 3-yard pass from Brandon Cox with 29 seconds left in the second quarter. He had just one touchdown all of last season.

·         Freshman Antoine Carter had his first career sack late in the third quarter.

·         Sen'Derrick Marks' blocked field goal on the final play of the third quarter was the first blocked field goal by an Auburn player since Marquies Gunn blocked a field goal by at Mississippi State last season.



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