Post-Game Notes

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Sept. 24, 2005

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• The pre-game flight today was made by Tiger from the northeast end of the stadium.
• Auburn team captains are TE Cooper Wallace, DB Kevin Hobbs and H Matthew Motley.
• Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Western Kentucky chose to receive and Auburn chose to defend the south end zone.
• Jessica Bryant was named the Homecoming Queen at halftime of today's game. Her court includes Mary Beth Stegall, Jennifer Jones, Mandy Bourdreaux and Savannah Duncan.
• Game attendance was announced at 80,632.
• Kickoff was at 1:30 p.m. CT.

TEAM NOTES

• Auburn is now 2-0 all-time against Western Kentucky, having previously beaten the Hilltoppers, 48-3, in 2003.
• Auburn is now 69-8-5 all-time on Homecoming, and has won its last 13 games.
• Auburn now owns a 246-60-7 record in 66 years of football at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers are 32-6 at Jordan-Hare over the past six seasons.
• Auburn is now 133-44-5 all-time in the month of September, including a 23-5 mark under Tommy Tuberville.
• Auburn is now 47-4 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
• Auburn is now 33-0 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 30 or more points, and has won 38 consecutive games when reaching that mark.
• In the past 36 games, only one opponent has scored at least 30 points vs. Auburn, 25 have failed to score 20 and 14 were held to single digits.
• Auburn was forced to punt on its third possession, snapping a string of 10 consecutive drives (plus one kickoff return for a touchdown) by Auburn that resulted in scores, with nine touchdowns and one field goal.
• Auburn held Western Kentucky scoreless in the first half, holding a 24-0 lead at the break. It marked the third straight game that Auburn has not allowed a first-half point.
• Auburn allowed its first touchdown since the second quarter of the season opener against Georgia Tech with 11:54 left in the fourth quarter. It snapped a string of 13 straight quarters in which Auburn had not allowed a touchdown, and it was the first touchdown in 199:34 against the Tigers.
• Auburn won the battle of time of possession for the first time this season. The Tigers, who were averaging 27:24 for time of possession, had the ball for 32:14 today.
• Auburn's 206 rushing yards in the game marks the second game this season the Tigers have had 200-plus yards rushing. The other was a 390-yard performance vs. Ball State.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

• QB Blake Field made his first collegiate start in place of Brandon Cox, who did not dress due to illness. Fields completed 13-of-21 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first time an Auburn quarterback threw three TD passes in a game since Jason Campbell last season vs. Tennessee.
• Fields' first nine completions went to nine different receivers, and he finished the game completing passes to 10 different players.
• K John Vaughn's 28-yard field goal in the first quarter was his first field goal of the season and 19th of his career.
• RB Kenny Irons' 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was his third touchdown run of the season and third in the last two games.
Tre Smith's 12-yard punt return in the second quarter pushed his career punt return yardage total over 500 yards. Smith now ranks sixth in Auburn history with 502 career punt return yards.
Blake Field's 38-yard screen pass for a touchdown to Brad Lester was the first touchdown pass of Fields' career.
• Lester's touchdown reception was his first career scoring catch, and it was his fourth touchdown in the last two weeks. It is also tied for the third-longest pass play of the season by Auburn.
Kenny Irons went over the 100-yard mark in rushing before halftime for the second straight game. Irons had 16 carries for 108 yards in the first half today, after totaling 147 yards on 11 rushes in the first half last Saturday vs. Ball State. Irons ended the game with 111 yards on 18 carries.
• Irons became the first Auburn back to have consecutive 100-yard rushing games since Ronnie Brown surpassed the century mark last season vs. Louisiana Tech (109) and Arkansas (101).
Anthony Mix's 9-yard touchdown catch just before halftime was his first touchdown catch of the season and sixth of his career.
John Vaughn's third PAT of the game, in the second quarter, was the 96th of his career, moving him into fourth place on Auburn's career PATs list ahead of Win Lyle (1987-89).
• Travis Williams' third-quarter interception was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.
Ben Obomanu had just one catch for four yards, but it moved him into a tie for 16th place on Auburn's career receptions list with 77 (Lee Hayley, 1950-52).
• Blake Fields' 39-yard pass to WR Prechae Rodriguez in the third quarter was tied for the longest pass play of the season for Auburn.
John Vaughn tied his career high with three field goals today (28, 20, 32). He previously kicked three field goals in the 2005 NOKIA Sugar Bowl (23, 19, 24).
Lee Guess, who missed the first three games due to injury, caught his first pass of the season in the fourth quarter, covering 24 yards. He caught his second pass two plays later, a 13-yard touchdown strike from Fields.
• DB Zach Gilbert's fourth-quarter interception was the first of his career, returning the interception for 26 yards.