Oct. 1, 2005
Auburn Game Notes Auburn vs. South Carolina Jordan-Hare Stadium October 1, 2005
The pre-game flight today was made by Nova from the northeast end of the stadium. Auburn team captains are RB Kenny Irons, LB Travis Williams and H Matthew Motley. South Carolina won the coin toss and elected to receive. Auburn chose to defend the north end zone. Game attendance was announced as a sellout at 87,451. Kickoff was at 6:06 p.m. CT. Former Auburn football player Coleman "Babe" McGehee, who scored the first touchdown in what was then called "Auburn Stadium" (now Jordan-Hare Stadium) passed away Saturday at the age of 86. McGehee caught a pass from Dick McGowen for the lone Auburn score in a 7-7 tie against Florida on Nov. 30, 1939. McGee, who played end, lettered in 1939 and '40. He was born on July 10, 1919. McGehee's wife, the late Suzelle McGehee, is the daughter of Cliff Hare, who was a member of Auburn's first football team, president of the old Southern Conference and long-time chairman of Auburn's Faculty Athletic Committee.
Auburn is now 5-1-1 all-time against South Carolina and has won all three meetings since the Gamecocks joined the SEC.
Auburn has now won 11 consecutive Southeastern Conference games and 12 straight games against SEC opponents including the 2004 SEC Championship game.
Auburn now owns a 247-60-7 record in 66 years of football at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers are 33-6 at Jordan-Hare over the past six seasons.
Auburn is 279-141-18 all-time in the month of October, including a 15-10 mark under Tommy Tuberville. The Tigers are 15-4 in their last 19 games played in October.
Auburn is now 48-4 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
Auburn is now 34-0 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 30 or more points, and has won 39 consecutive games when reaching that mark.
In the past 37 games, only one opponent has scored at least 30 points vs. Auburn, 26 have failed to score 20 and 15 were held to single digits.
By winning by a 41-point margin, Auburn dealt South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier his second-worst loss as a head coach at any level. Spurrier's worst loss was a 45-3 defeat at the hands of Tennessee in 1990.
Auburn has not allowed a point in the first half of its last four games and has outscored its opponents 104-0 in the first half during those games.
Auburn scored on its opening drive for the third straight week. The Tigers scored touchdowns on their first possessions vs. South Carolina and Ball State and had a field goal on the first drive against Western Kentucky.
Auburn's 31-0 halftime lead was its largest halftime lead against a conference opponent since Oct. 18, 2003, when the Tigers led Mississippi State 38-7 at the break.
Auburn has now scored 176 points to its opponents' 24 points in the Tigers' four victories this season.
Auburn allowed a second-quarter sack, which was the first sack surrendered by the Tigers since allowing one in the third quarter vs. Mississippi State Sept. 10.
RB Kenny Irons rushed for two touchdowns in the first half, scoring on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and a two-yard plunge in the second period. Irons now has five rushing touchdowns this season, all coming in the last three weeks. Kenny Irons had more receptions on Auburn's first drive (three) than he had all season (two). P Kody Bliss had a 58-yard punt in the first quarter, which was his second longest of the season (61 yards vs. Mississippi State). DT Wayne Dickens had his first career fumble recovery in the first quarter. Tre Smith had a 23-yard punt return in the first quarter, which was the third longest of his career and longest since 2003. RB Brad Lester had his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns of the season, and now has six total touchdowns this season. WR Ben Obomanu caught his 16th career touchdown pass in the second quarter, a 15-yarder from Brandon Cox. The touchdown moved Obomanu into sole possession of third place on Auburn's career touchdown receptions list. With six PATs and 12 points, K John Vaughn moved into third and sixth place, respectively, on Auburn's career lists for PATs (103) and points by kickers (172). QB Brandon Cox completed passes to 10 different receivers, and connected on 19-of-29 passes for 245 yards one touchdown and no interceptions. Cox has not been picked off since the season opener against Georgia Tech. RB Carl Stewart's 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was his second of the season and the fourth of his career.