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Auburn Game Notes
Auburn vs. Mississippi State
Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
September 9, 2006
Auburn team captains were OG Tim Duckworth, DE Quentin Groves and H Matthew Motley.
Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Mississippi State elected to receive.
Kickoff was at 11:34 a.m. CT.
Auburn is now 41-27-5 all-time in Southeastern Conference openers, and has won 14 straight dating back to 1993.
Auburn now leads the all-time series with Mississippi State 56-22-2 and has won six straight and 19 of the last 25.
Auburn has now won 17 of its last 18 SEC games, and 18 of its last 19 games against SEC opponents counting the 2004 SEC Championship game.
Auburn has now shut out Mississippi State in two-straight games, winning 34-0 this year in Starkville and 28-0 last season. The last time the Bulldogs have scored against the Tigers with 15 seconds left in the 2004 game in Starkville.
Auburn's defense held Mississippi State to 161 yards total offense, the fewest since holding Kentucky to 110 yards Oct. 23, 2004, in Auburn.
The 161 yards total offense that Auburn's defense allowed is the fewest on the road since limiting Alabama to 135 yards total offense in Tuscaloosa in a 9-0 Tiger victory in 2000.
Auburn has now held Mississippi State to 18 or fewer points in each of the last eight meetings between the two teams.
Auburn now owns a 24-3 record since the start of the 2004 season, which is third best in the NCAA.
Auburn is now 6-0 all-time in games played on Sept. 9.
Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is now 55-4 when scoring 20 or more points in a game, including a 53-3 mark in the regular season.
Auburn is now 39-0 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 30 or more points in a game, and has won 44 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.
Auburn has scored at least 30 points 20 times since Al Borges took over as offensive coordinator prior to the 2004 season.
Auburn has now held 20 of its last 27 opponents to fewer than 20 points since the start of the 2004 season.
Auburn led 17-0 at the half. The Tigers are now 2-0 when leading at the half this season.
Will Herring started his 38th consecutive game, which is nine shy of the school record held by OL Jeno James (1996-99).
Courtney Taylor had his second career 100-yard receiving game, catching a career-high nine passes for 103 yards.
Taylor's 103-yards receiving are the most in a game for him since a 111-yard receiving game in the 2004 SEC Championship game vs. Tennessee.
Taylor's nine catches were a new career high. His previously best was an eight-catch effort in his second collegiate game vs. Georgia Tech in 2003.
With nine receptions for 103 yards, Courtney Taylor moved into sole possession of fifth place on Auburn's all-time receptions list with 111, and up one spot to eighth on Auburn's career receiving yards list with 1,548.
Taylor's nine receptions are the most by an Auburn player since Ronney Daniels had 10 catches against Central Florida in 1999.
Gabe McKenzie's five-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter was his first career catch and first career touchdown. The Mobile, Ala., native ended the day with four receptions for 42 yards.
Brandon Cox threw two touchdown passes during the game. It marked the 12th time in 13 career starts that he has thrown at least one touchdown pass in a game.
Cox finished with 249 yards passing, marking his ninth career 200-yard passing game.
Rodgeriqus Smith's 62-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of his career. His previous long was a 41-yard catch last week vs. Washington State.
Smith's fumble at the end of the play resulted in Auburn's first turnover of the season.
Smith scored his first career touchdown with a 20-yard reception in the third quarter.
Karibi Dede's fumble recovery in the second quarter was the sixth of his career.
Brad Lester had his second consecutive two-touchdown game, scoring on runs of two and 20 yards. He now has eight career rushing touchdowns and 11 career touchdowns overall (two receiving, one kickoff return).
David Irons' second-quarter interception was the first of his Auburn career.
John Vaughn's 55-yard field goal late in the second quarter was tied for the fourth-longest field goal in Auburn history. The school record is 57 yards by Phillip Yost (9/27/03 vs. Kentucky) and Neil O'Donoghue (9/25/76 vs. Tennessee).
Vaughn's 55-yard boot was his second career field goal of over 50 yards and his second in two weeks. He kicked a 52-yarder last Saturday vs. Washington State.
Vaughn also moved past Al Del Greco into fourth place on Auburn's career scoring list with 244 points. Vaughn ranks second for most points kicking, trailing only Damon Duval, who had 260 points. Carnell Williams holds the school career scoring record with 276 points, followed by Bo Jackson with 274.
Quentin Groves' third-quarter sack pushed his career total of 15.5. He now ranks tied for ninth in Auburn history with Stanley McClover (2004-05).
Marquies Gunn blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt. It was his second career blocked kick. He also blocked a field goal last season against Ball State.
Sophomore Pat Sims' forced fumble in the fourth quarter was his second in as many games for the Tigers after causing a Washington State fumble last week. Sims' forced fumble vs. Mississippi State led to freshman Jemarcus Ricks' 31-yard fumble recovery. The fumble recovery was the first of Ricks' career.