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Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. LSU
Sept. 20, 2008
• Auburn team captains were WR Robert Dunn, NG Tez Doolittle and DS Robert Shiver.
• LSU won the toss and elected to receive. Auburn chose to defend the north goal.
• Kickoff was at 6:47 p.m. CT.
• Game attendance was announced as 87,451. It is Auburn’s fourth straight sellout.
· Auburn now trails the all-time series with LSU 23-19-1 and has a 9-6 record in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
· Auburn is now 1-2 against LSU when both teams enter the game ranked in the Associated Press top 10.
· The LSU win marks the first time in the last nine meetings that the road team has won with the last being an Auburn in Baton Rouge in 1999.
· Auburn is now 15-3 in home night games since 2000, including a 4-1 record against nationally-ranked teams.
· Auburn is now 13-1 in games when the Tigers enter the contest ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll.
· Auburn is now 33-8 in September under Tommy Tuberville, but has won 19 of its last 23.
· Auburn has now played 67 consecutive games without being shut out.
· Auburn is now 68-8 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
· LSU’s field goal with 2:02 left in the first quarter were the first points allowed in the first half by Auburn this season.
· LSU converted a third-and-four early in the second quarter, marking the first successful third-down conversion against Auburn’s defense since the first quarter of the Southern Miss game. Auburn had not allowed a successful conversion in 28 consecutive attempts.
· Auburn allowed LSU to convert just 4-of-14 third-down attempts. Auburn opponents are now 7-of-60 on third downs this season.
· With an eight-yard catch in the first quarter, Rodgeriqus Smith moved into the top 10 in Auburn history for career receptions. After finishing with five catches, Smith now has 97 career receptions, which ranks tied for eighth in Auburn history.
· Smith had 73 yards receiving, which also moved him into Auburn’s all-time top 10 in that category. He now ranks 10th with 1,425 career yards.
· With 45 yards rushing, Ben Tate moved to within one yard of 19th-place Curtis Kuykendall on Auburn’s all-time career rushing yards list; Tate now has 1,618 career rushing yards.
· With 26 yards rushing, Brad Lester moved past Rudi Johnson into 21st place in Auburn history with 1,574 career rushing yards
· Ben Tate’s 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his second rushing touchdown of the year and the 13th of his career.
· Gabe McKenzie’s 24-yard interception return for a touchdown was the first interception returned for a touchdown by Auburn since Walter McFadden returned an interception 93 yards vs. Tennessee Tech last season.
· The interception return was McKenzie’s first interception and first career defensive touchdown. He scored three offensive touchdowns as a tight end (one in 2006 and two in 2007).
· Tim Hawthorne’s 58-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter was the longest play from scrimmage by Auburn this season. It was also the longest reception of Hawthorne’s career.
· Hawthorne’s 87 yards receiving were more than he had in his entire career. He had four catches for 47 yards entering the game.
· Robert Dunn’s 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was his first TD reception of the season and third of his career.