Sept. 23, 2006
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Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. Buffalo
Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium
Saturday, September 23, 2006
The pre-game flight today was made by Spirit from the southwest ramp.
Auburn team captains were C Joe Cope, NG Josh Thompson and H Matthew Motley.
Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Buffalo elected to receive and will defend the north end zone.
Kickoff was at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Attendance was announced at 84,921.
· Auburn is now 6-0 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference. This was the first meeting between Auburn and Buffalo.
· Auburn is now 20-2 in nonconference home games under Tommy Tuberville.
· Auburn has now won nine straight games at Jordan-Hare Stadium and 17 of its last 18 at home.
· Auburn now owns a 26-3 record since the start of the 2004 season, which is third best in the NCAA.
· Auburn is now 9-1 all-time in games played on Sept. 23.
· Auburn has now held 22 of its last 29 opponents to fewer than 20 points since the start of the 2004 season.
· When Buffalo scored a touchdown with 5:33 left in the third quarter, it marked the first touchdown allowed by Auburn since Washington State scored with 7:14 left in the third quarter of the season opener - a span of just over 12 quarters.
· Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is now 56-4 when scoring 20 or more points in a game, including a 56-3 mark in the regular season.
· Auburn has now won 45 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points, and is now 40-0 under Tommy Tuberville when putting at least 30 points on the board.
· Auburn has now scored 30 or more points 21 times in 29 games since 2004 under offensive coordinator Al Borges.
· Auburn led 10-0 at the half. The Tigers are now 3-0 when leading at halftime this season.
· Auburn led 24-7 at the end of the third quarter. The Tigers are now 4-0 when leading after three quarters.
· Auburn's 14 pass attempts were the fewest in a game by Auburn since the Tigers attempted just 11 passes during a 31-7 victory against LSU in 2002.
· Will Herring started his 40th consecutive game, which is seven shy of the school record held by OL Jeno James (1996-99).
· Karibi Dede had his 15-game starting streak snapped. In his place, Steve Gandy made his first start at linebacker in his first game played this season.
· Brad Lester had a career-high 18 rushes for 83 yards. He surpassed his previous career high of 13 rushes in the first half, carrying 14 times for 68 yards during the first 30 minutes.
· Lester scored his 12th and 13th career touchdowns and now has six touchdowns this season. Lester now has scored multiple touchdowns five times during his career.
· Courtney Taylor finished with 3 catches for 48 yards. Taylor moved up one spot to seventh in Auburn history with 1,618 career receiving yards.
· Aairon Savage and Marquies Gunn both had their first sacks of the season on consecutive plays in the second quarter.
· Robert Dunn had a 35-yard punt return late in the second quarter, setting a new career best. His previous long was a 12-yard return last year against Mississippi State.
· John Vaughn's 46-yard field goal on the final play of the first half was the 37th field goal of his career, moving him into sole possession of fifth on Auburn's all-time field goals made list.
· Carl Stewart's 54-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career, surpassing a 35-yard catch against Louisiana Tech in 2004. It was the third-longest play of the season and second-longest pass play by Auburn.
· Tre Smith's two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his first rushing touchdown of the season and the 13th of his career.
· Sen'Derrick Marks had a sack on the first play of the fourth quarter. Marks had had at least one sack in three of Auburn's four games this season.
· Montez Billings had his first career reception in the fourth quarter - an 18-yard catch.
· Ben Tate scored his first career touchdown one play later, going 42 yards for a score.
· Tate finished the day with 114 yards on seven carries for an average of 16.3 yards per carry and two touchdowns.
· Tate's 114-yard game was the first 100-yard game by an Auburn back other than Kenny Irons since Tristan Davis ran for 162 yards against Kentucky on Nov. 5, 2005.