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Auburn vs. New Mexico State

Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium

September 22, 2007


• The pre-game flight was made by Nova (War Eagle IV) from the northeast ramp.

• Auburn team captains were TE Cole Bennett, DB Patrick Lee and H Matthew Motley.

• Auburn won the coin toss and elected to receive.  New Mexico State chose to defend the north end zone.

• Kickoff was at 6:04 p.m. CT.                                                            

• Game attendance was announced as 83,102.                               



·          Auburn is now 2-0 all-time against New Mexico State.

·          Auburn is now 13-2 in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium since 2000.

·          Auburn is now 257-64-7 all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

·          Auburn is now 30-7 in games played in September during the Tommy Tuberville era.

·          Auburn has now scored in 54 consecutive games since last being shut out in the 2003 season opener, which is tied for the third-longest streak in team history.

·          Auburn started four true freshmen--all on offense: QB Kodi Burns, RG Chaz Ramsey, RT Lee Ziemba, and LT Ryan Pugh.

·          Including RFr. S Zac Etheridge and LB Craig Stevens, Auburn has six freshmen start.

·          Auburn's 21-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Pat Sims in the first quarter marked the first time this season that Auburn scored first in a game.

·          The 58-yard touchdown pass from Kodi Burns to Rod Smith was Auburn's longest play from scrimmage this season.  It was Auburn's longest offensive play from scrimmage since a 62-yard pass from Brandon Cox to Rod Smith at Mississippi State last season.

·          Auburn's 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter was the Tigers' first lead after the first quarter this season and first occurrence since leading Arkansas State 10-0 last season after one quarter.

·          Auburn created six turnovers (three fumbles/three interception) against New Mexico State after forcing four total in the first three games.   It was the most turnovers by an Auburn opponent since Tennessee had six TOs in 2004.

·    The 21 first-half points are the most by Auburn since scoring 24 against Tulane on Oct. 24, 2006.

·          Auburn's 55 points were a season high and the most since scoring 63 vs. Ball State in 2005.

·          Auburn had two 100-yard rushers (Ben Tate - 111 yards, Mario Fannin - 103 yards) in a game for the first time since Tristan Davis [162] and Kenny Irons [103] did it at Kentucky in 2005.

·          As a team Auburn had five rushing touchdowns (Mario Fannin - 3 TD, Ben Tate - 1 TD, Brandon Cox - 1 TD) for the first time since it had five vs. Buffalo in 2006.




·          Auburn true freshmen QB Kodi Burns, RG Chaz Ramsey, and LT Ryan Pugh all made their first career starts.

·          Burns is the first true freshman quarterback to start at Auburn since Gabe Gross in 1998 and the first true freshman quarterback to start under Tommy Tuberville in his 13-year coaching career.  Gross started six games in 1998.

·          QB Brandon Cox's 24-game starting streak was snapped.  The last time Cox did not start was against Western Kentucky on Sept. 24, 2005.

·          Pat Sims' 21-yard touchdown fumble return for a touchdown was the second fumble return for a touchdown this season.  The first was by Antonio Coleman in the fourth quarter of the Kansas State game (34-yard return).

·          Sims' touchdown marked the first points this season scored by an Auburn upperclassman.

·          Rod Smith had two touchdown catches of 58-yards (from Kodi Burns) and 18-yards (from Brandon Cox) marking the first time since 2004 that an Auburn player had two TD receptions in the same game.  Ben Obomanu had two against Louisiana Tech during the 2004 season.  Smith has six TD receptions for his career.

·          Smith's 86 receiving yards were a career high (previous high was 85 at Mississippi State in 2006).

·          Ben Tate rushed for 111 yards, marking the third 100-yard rushing game of his career and first by an Auburn player since Kenny Irons at Ole Miss in 2006 (106 yards). Mario Fannin (103 yards) joined Tate in cracking the 100-yard mark.

·          The 58-yard touchdown reception from Kodi Burns to Rod Smith in the first quarter was Burn's first TD pass of his career.

·          Jonathan Wilhite's had two interceptions in the third quarter, marking the first time that an Auburn player has had multiple interceptions in a game since 2004 when Junior Rosegreen had four interceptions at Tennessee.

·          Sen'Derrick Marks' third quarter interception was the first of his career.

·          With a fumble recovery and interception in the same game, Marks is the first Tiger to accomplish the feat since Karibi Dede at Arkansas in 2005.

·          Zac Etheridge's first quarter forced fumble was the first of his career.

·          Antonio Coleman's second quarter sack (-2) was his team-leading third sack of the season.

·          WR Robert Dunn's three receptions were a career high.

·          WR Tim Hawthorne recorded his first career reception in the fourth quarter.

·          P Ryan Shoemaker kicked a career-long 62-yard punt in the 4th quarter. It was the longest punt by an Auburn player since Kody Bliss kicked a 71-yarder against Tulane in 2006.

·          Mario Fannin had three rushing touchdowns (1, 3, 67) in the game and is the first Auburn player to do that since Kenny Irons rushed for three at Kentucky in 2005.

·          Mario Fannin's 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the longest rush by an Auburn player since Tristan Davis ran for 75 yards at Kentucky in 2005.

·          NG Josh Thompson proposed to his girlfriend on the field after the game. We believe she said yes.



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