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Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. Tulane
Saturday, October 21, 2006
The pre-game flight today was made by Tiger from the flagpole in the northeast corner.
Prior to the game, 21 Auburn seniors were recognized as part of Senior Day festivities. Auburn's seniors have now won 37 games over the past four seasons, which is just two wins shy of the Auburn record for victories in a four-year period.
Auburn team captains were OL Jonathan Palmer, DE Christopher Browder and H Matthew Motley.
Tulane won the coin toss and elected to receive. Auburn will defend the north end zone.
Kickoff was at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Attendance was announced at 79,837.
Kendall Conder was named the Homecoming Queen at halftime of today's game. Her court includes Rachel Evans, Margaret Atkins, Emily Weprich and Krisha Yanko.
Auburn was announced as the winner of Pontiac's Game Changing Performance Award for Tre Smith's 15-yard touchdown return of Jerraud Powers' blocked punt last Saturday vs. Florida.
· Tulane now leads the all-time series 17-14-1 but Auburn is 2-0 in games played in Auburn.
· Auburn's all-time record in homecoming games is now 67-8-5.
· Auburn has now clinched a winning record for the seventh straight season and 76th time in school history. The Tigers have also won at least seven games each of the last seven seasons.
· Since the start of the 2004 season, Auburn has now held 25 of 33 opponents to 20 or fewer points.
· Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 59-4 when scoring 20 or more points in a game, including a 57-3 mark in the regular season.
· Auburn is now 41-0 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 30 or more points in a game. Auburn has won 46 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.
· Auburn scored the game's first points with a two-yard touchdown run by Brad Lester. Auburn is now 6-0 this season when scoring first.
· Auburn led 24-10 at the half. The Tigers are now 5-0 when leading at the half.
· Auburn led 31-13 at the end of the third quarter. The Tigers are now 7-0 when leading after three quarters this season.
· Will Herring started his 44th consecutive game, which is three shy of the school record held by OL Jeno James (1996-99).
· John Vaughn became Auburn's all-time leading scorer when he kicked an extra point after Auburn's first touchdown. Vaughn entered the game tied with Carnell Williams with 276 career points, and now has 284 points.
· Ben Tate went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time in his career. Tate finished with a career-high 156 yards on 26 carries and a one-yard touchdown plunge. He had 114 yards rushing on just seven carries Sept. 23 against Buffalo.
· Tate's 156 yards rushing are the seventh-most ever by an Auburn freshman in school history.
· Brandon Cox tied a career high by throwing three touchdown passes. He threw for three scores last season at Arkansas.
· Cox now has 27 touchdown passes for his career, and passing Loran Carter (25, 1966-68) for seventh in Auburn history.
· With 212 yards passing, Cox moved into eighth place in Auburn history with 4,092 career passing yards. Cox passed Jeff Burger (4082, 1984-87) for eighth. It was Cox's second 200-yard passing game of the season.
· Courtney Taylor finished with five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown. It marked the third straight game that Cox had at least five catches.
· Courtney Taylor hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It was his first touchdown reception of the season and the eighth of his career.
· Quentin Groves had his seventh sack of the season on the opening drive. He now has 20.5 for his career, which is fourth in Auburn history.
· Brad Lester scored his 11th career rushing touchdown on the opening drive. It was his sixth rushing touchdown of the season and the 13th overall touchdown of the season.
· Brad Lester's 36-yard reception on Auburn's opening drive was his longest reception of the season, surpassing a 34-yard scoring catch vs. Washington State.
· Kody Bliss booted a 71-yard punt late in the first quarter. It was tied for the third-longest punt in school history and the longest since 2000. It was his ninth career punt of at least 60 yards.
· Tre Smith had a season-long 29-yard rush late in the first quarter. His previous long was a 23-yard scamper vs. Buffalo.
· Tommy Trott's 27-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second quarter was his second career touchdown reception and the longest reception of his career.
· Karibi Dede had his seventh career fumble recovery and second of the season in the second quarter.
· Tre Smith had his third career touchdown reception in the second quarter. He now has scored 17 career touchdowns (13 rushing, three receiving, one punt return).
· Tristan Davis returned the opening kickoff of the second half 53 yards. It was the second straight week he had a kickoff return of more than 50 yards, having returned a kick 58 yards last Saturday vs. Florida.
· Will Herring recovered a fumble in the third quarter. It marked the fourth career fumble recovery of his career.
· Zach Gilbert's 57-yard interception return was the first of his career