Auburn Post-Game Notes

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Sept. 14, 2008

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• Auburn team captains were OL Tyronne Green, CB Jerraud Powers and DS Robert Shiver.

• Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Mississippi State chose to receive.

• Kickoff was at 6:06 p.m. CT.

• Game attendance was announced as 52,911.

TEAM NOTES

• Auburn now leads the all-time series with Mississippi State 57-23-2, and is 11-4-1 in Starkville.

• Auburn is now 42-28-5 all-time in SEC openers, including an 9-1 mark under Tommy Tuberville.

• Auburn is now 6-0 when opening its SEC schedule on the road.

• Auburn has now won 16 of its last 17 games when wearing all white uniforms.

• Auburn is now 33-7 in September under Tommy Tuberville and has won 19 of its last 22.

• Auburn has now played 66 consecutive games without being shut out.

• Auburn limited Mississippi State to 116 yards total offense, the fewest yards allowed since limiting Kentucky to 110 yards total offense in 2004.

• The five combined points scored in Auburn’s 3-2 victory over Mississippi State are the fewest combined points scored between the Tigers and Bulldogs in the 82-game series.

• Auburn shut out its opponent in the first half for the third straight week. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 34-0 in the first half this season.

• Auburn held Mississippi State to 0-of-14 on third down conversions. Tiger opponents are now (3-of-46) on third downs this season.

• Mississippi State was also 0-of-3 on fourth down conversions after Tiger opponents were 4-of-6 on fourth down conversions combined in the Tigers’ first two games this year.

• Auburn defeated Mississippi State without scoring a touchdown, the first time the Tigers have won a game without scoring a touchdown since the 9-7 at Arkansas last season. The Tigers had 290 yards total offense vs. the Razorbacks.

• Mississippi State’s fourth quarter safety (on offensive holding by Tiger Ryan Pugh in the end zone) was the first time an Auburn opponent scored a safety against the Tigers since Alabama in 2003 when Anthony Bryant tackled Carnell Williams.

• The last time Auburn won a game by only scoring 3 points came in a 3-0 victory at Miami, Fla. On Oct. 4, 1974.

 

• The last time Auburn had over 300 yards total offense (315) and did not score a touchdown and won was vs. Alabama on Nov. 18, 2000. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 9-0 totaling three field goals on 301 yards total offense.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

• The play of the day came on Walter McFadden’s fourth quarter interception with 2:19 remaining in the game. It was his first interception this season and the second of his career. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native picked off his only other pass in his career vs. Tennessee Tech last year and returned it for 93 yards for a touchdown.

Brad Lester became the 22nd player in Auburn history to reach 1,500 career yards rushing on his first carry. Lester now has 1,548 yards, which ranks 21st in Auburn history.

Ben Tate became the 23rd player in Auburn history to reach 1,500 career yards rushing. Tate now has 1,573 career yards, which ranks 20th in Auburn history.

Mike McNeil had his first career sack on the first play of the second quarter.

• Wes Byrum’s 35-yard field goal in the second quarter was the 22nd field goal of his career and his fifth of the season.

• Antonio Coleman’s sack in the third quarter marked the third straight game in which he has recorded a sack.

• Montez Billings’ 31-yard reception in the third quarter tied his career long. His previous 31-yard catch came in 2007 at LSU.

• Montez Billings’ 68 yards receiving on three catches were the second most yards receiving in a single game for the Pelham, Ala., native in his career. The junior had 78 yards receiving and a touchdown on six catches at LSU in 2007.