Auburn won the toss and deferred to the second half. Tennessee
elected to receive and Auburn chose to defend the south end zone.
Kickoff was at 6:47 p.m. CT.
Game attendance was announced as 102,941. It marks the third
largest crowd in front of which Auburn has ever played, and the largest
since the 2004 game at Tennessee.
Auburn has now won its last 20 games in which Gene Chizik was
part of the coaching staff.
Auburn has won five games in a row against Tennessee, surpassing
the longest winning streak against the Vols in school history that
included four straight Tiger wins from from 1961-64
Auburn has now scored 207 points this season, one off last
season's total. The Tigers scored 208 points during the entire 2008
Auburn's 207 points in the first five games this season is 12
short of the 5-game mark of 218 in 1995.
Auburn finished with 459 yards of total offense. It marked the
fifth straight game that Auburn went over 400 yards of offense for the
first time since the 1994 season.
Auburn continued its streak of having scored in every quarter
this season and has scored at least one touchdown in 17 of the 20
quarters, although the Tigers' streak of 14 straight quarters with a
touchdown was snapped in the first quarter, when Auburn settled for a
pair of field goals.
Auburn never trailed for the first time this season.
Auburn scored first on a 29-yard Wes Byrum field goal in the
first quarter. It marked the third game this year that Auburn scored
first, but first since the Mississippi State game.
After allowing a 41-yard run on the first offensive play of the
game, the Auburn defense held Tennessee to 25 yards the rest of the
Auburn had 266 yards of total offense in the first half. Last
year against Tennessee, Auburn had just 226 yards of offense during the
Auburn led 13-6 at the half and 16-6 after three quarters. It
marked the fourth time in five games that Auburn led at the half and
after three quarters. The Tigers trailed only West Virginia at both of
Auburn has started a season 5-0 for the second time in four
years, last doing it in 2006 when the Tigers finished 11-2 overall, 6-2
in the SEC.
Auburn had a season high in time of possession with 34:46,
surpassing the previous mark of 31:03 vs. Mississippi State.
Auburn's 26 points scored vs. Tennessee are the most a
Tennessee opponent has scored on the Vols this season. Both Florida and
Ohio scored 23 points each in the previous two games.
Junior Bart Eddins made his first career start at Auburn,
starting at right guard.
Senior Ben Tate had his eighth career 100-yard rushing game and
third this year, finishing with 128 yards rushing. Tate is now tied for
10th in Auburn history with Ronnie Brown with eight career 100-yard
With 128 yards rushing, Ben Tate passed Stacy Danley (1987-90)
for eighth on Auburn's all-time rushing list. Tate now has 2,499
career rushing yards. Next on the list is Ronnie Brown (2,707 career
Freshman Onterio McCalebb had 204 yards of total offense,
finishing with 51 yards rushing, a career-high 62 yards receiving and 91
kickoff return yards.
Senior Chris Todd completed 19-of-32 passes for 218 yards. It marked the fourth game this season with at least 200 yards passing.
Junior Wes Byrum made a career high four field goals (29, 43, 19 and 22 yards). He now has 38 during his career, moving him
into a tie for fifth on Auburn's all-time field goals made
Byrum extended his personal best streak for consecutive made
field goals to eight before missing his first of the season in the
Junior Josh Bynes recovered a fumble in the first quarter, which
was his second fumble recovery of the season and second in as many
Ben Tate's 11-yard touchdown rush in the second quarter was
his second rushing touchdown this season, and the 16th of his career.
Sophomore Nick Fairley blocked an extra point late in the first
half. It was the first blocked kick of the year for Auburn.
Junior Terrell Zachery caught an 11-yard touchdown pass early in
the fourth quarter. It marked his fourth career receiving touchdown, all
coming this season, but it was his shortest of the season. His previous
shortest TD was a 46-yarder.