Auburn Game Notes
Auburn at Arkansas
October 15, 2005
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 71,673.
Kickoff was at 6:06 p.m. CT.
Auburn is now 9-5-1 all-time vs. Arkansas and has won the last three meetings. The Tigers are now 4-3 in games played in Fayetteville.
Auburn's three-game winning streak vs. Arkansas is the first three-game winning streak for either team in the 15-game series.
Auburn has now won 12 consecutive SEC games and 13 straight games against SEC opponents counting the 2004 SEC Championship game.
Auburn's 13 consecutive wins against SEC opponents is one shy of the school record set in 1993-94.
Auburn extended its SEC road winning streak to five games.
Auburn is now 32-11 against SEC foes since the 2000 season.
Auburn is now 3-0 in the SEC for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Auburn has now won 20 of its last 21 games dating back to the 2003 season.
Auburn was playing its first road game of the season. Auburn and Nebraska, which also played its first road game today, were the last two Division I-A teams to play a road game this season.
Arkansas' first-quarter field goal marked the first points allowed by Auburn in the first half this season since the season opener vs. Georgia Tech. The Tigers had shut out their last four opponents during the opening 30 minutes.
Arkansas' first-quarter field goal also marked Auburn's first deficit since the end of the season-opening loss against Georgia Tech.
Auburn went scoreless in the first quarter. It was the first time Auburn has not scored in the opening period since Georgia Tech held a 10-0 lead after one quarter in the season opener.
Auburn's blocked field goal in the second quarter was the second blocked field goal by the Tigers this year. Marquies Gunn blocked a field goal vs. Ball State.
The two rushing touchdowns allowed by Auburn were just the fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns allowed by the Tigers this season, and the sixth and seventh touchdowns allowed overall.
Auburn's six points scored in the first half was a season low for the Tigers. The previous low was 14 points scored during the opening period in each of the first two games vs. Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.
Auburn's 10-6 deficit at the half was its first halftime deficit since trailing Georgia Tech 17-14 at the break in the season opener.
Arkansas' 10 first-half points all came after Auburn turnovers. Prior to tonight's game, the Tigers had allowed just six points off turnovers all season.
Auburn outscored Arkansas 14-0 in the third quarter, and has now outscored its opponents 51-3 in the third quarter this season.
Auburn is now 49-4 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points, including a 47-3 mark in the regular season. Dating back to 1995, Auburn is 70-11 when scoring 20 or more points.
Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is now 35-0 when scoring 30 or more points. Auburn has won 40 consecutive games when scoring at least 30 points. In the last 22 years, Auburn is 109-2 when scoring at least 30 points.
Auburn was six-of-six on scoring opportunities in the red zone (four touchdowns, two field goals), and is now an SEC-best 28-of-30 in the red zone this season.
OT Troy Reddick made his 32nd consecutive start, while FS Will Herring (30) and TE Cooper Wallace (25) also extended lengthy starting streaks.
RB Brad Lester made his first career start at tailback for Auburn.
RB Kenny Irons finished with a career-high 182 yards rushing on 33 carries. It marked his third 100-yard rushing game of the season and third in the last four contests. He previously had 148 yards rushing vs. Ball State and 111 yards rushing against Western Kentucky.
Irons' 100-yard rushing game was the Tigers' first 100-yard rushing game in a conference game since Carnell Williams had 101 yards against Georgia last season, and the first against an SEC opponent since Williams went for an even 100 in the 2004 SEC championship game vs. Tennessee.
QB Brandon Cox completed 17-of-26 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. He has now thrown nine touchdown passes this season.
WR Devin Aromashodu's 98 yards receiving pushed his career total to 1,068. He becomes the 20th Auburn player to surpass 1,000 yards receiving.
Aromashodu is the third active Tiger to have 1,000 yards receiving, joining Courtney Taylor and Ben Obomanu. It marks the first time in Auburn history that the Tigers have had three players with 1,000 career receiving yards on their team at one time.
In four career games against Arkansas, Aromashodu has 12 catches for 261 yards and four touchdowns. In last year's game vs. Arkansas, Aromashodu had a career-best 102 yards receiving.
With 49 yards receiving, WR Ben Obomanu moved into 13th place on Auburn's career receiving chart with 1185 career receiving yards.
Cooper Wallace finished with three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. The three receptions matches his season high set Sept. 10 against Mississippi State.
Brandon Cox's interception on the opening drive was his first interception thrown, and the first thrown by any Tiger, since the season opener vs. Georgia Tech. Cox had thrown 69 straight passes without an interception.
LB Karibi Dede's first-quarter fumble recovery was his first this season and the third of his career.
Dede added his first career interception in the fourth quarter on a pass that was deflected by CB Montavis Pitts.
K John Vaughn's 22-yard field goal in the second quarter was the 24th of his career, moving him into sole possession of 10th on Auburn's all-time field goals made list. He added his 25th, a 38-yarder, in the second quarter.
Vaughn has now made seven field goals in nine attempts this season.
Will Herring blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. It was his first career blocked kick.
Devin Aromashodu's 17-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his third touchdown reception this season and the eighth of his career.
Tre Smith's 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was his second career receiving touchdown, and first since a 5-yard TD grab his freshman season in 2002 against Louisiana-Monroe.
Smith's 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter is his second of the season. His other rushing TD was a 6-yard rush against Ball State.
Cooper Wallace's 9-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter was his first touchdown reception of the season and the fourth of his career.