Auburn Game Notes
Auburn at LSU
October 22, 2005
Auburn team captains are WR Ben Obomanu, FS Will Herring and H Matthew Motley.
LSU won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Auburn elected to receive. LSU chose to defend the north end zone.
Kickoff was at 6:47 p.m. CT.
Game attendance was announced as 92,664 - a Tiger Stadium record.
Auburn is now 18-21-1 all-time vs. LSU and 5-12-1 vs. the Tigers in Baton Rouge. The home team has won the last six meetings in the series.
Auburn's streak of 12 consecutive SEC victories came to a close with the 17-20 overtime loss at LSU.
Auburn is now 32-12 against SEC foes since the 2000 season.
Auburn failed to score on its opening possession. The Tigers have scored three times on the opening drive this season (two touchdowns, one field goal).
Skyler Green's 66-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first punt returned for a touchdown vs. Auburn since James Riddle of Syracuse went 85 yards in 2002.
LSU's punt return for a score marked the third time this season that Auburn did not score first (Georgia Tech, Arkansas). Auburn is 1-2 when the opponent scores first.
Auburn trailed at the half, 7-3. It marked just the third time this season that Auburn has trailed at the half (Georgia Tech, Arkansas). The Tigers are 1-2 in those games.
The Auburn defense held LSU to 111 total yards and no offensive touchdowns in the first half. LSU entered the game averaging 386.4 yards and 30.8 points per game.
LSU's third-quarter touchdown was the first touchdown allowed by Auburn in the third quarter this season. Auburn entered the game with a 51-3 advantage in points scored during the third quarter.
Auburn trailed 14-10 entering the fourth quarter. It was just the second time this season that Auburn trailed after three quarters (Georgia Tech).
Auburn is now 3-4 in overtime games. The Tigers' last overtime game was a 23-30 loss at Florida on Oct. 19, 2002.
OT Troy Reddick made his 33rd consecutive start, while FS Will Herring (31), TE Cooper Wallace (26), NG T.J. Jackson (20) and OG Ben Grubbs (20) also extended starting streaks of at least 20 games.
RB Kenny Irons' 218 yards rushing vs. LSU ranks 14th in Auburn's single game rushing list. Irons is just the 14th player in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a single game. The last Tiger to rush for 200+ yards in a game was Carnell Williams with 204 vs. Alabama on Nov. 22, 2003.
Irons now has four 100+ yard games this season including vs. Ball State (147), Western Kentucky (111) and at Arkansas (182) in addition to his 218-yard performance at LSU.
Irons' 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was a career-long rush for Irons and the longest play from scrimmage for Auburn this season. The previous long was a 70-yard run by Brad Lester vs. Ball State.
Irons' 74-yard burst is tied for the 24th-longest rush in Auburn history and the longest since Carnell Williams went 80 yards on the first play of the 2003 game vs. Alabama.
In the first five games this season, WR Devin Aromashodu had eight catches for 129 yards and two scores. In the last two games, he has nine receptions for 153 yards and a score.
P Kody Bliss had a 63-yard punt late in the second quarter that went out-of-bounds at the LSU 4-yardline. It was a season and career long punt for Bliss, whose previous career long was a 62-yard boot in 2003 vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
WR Anthony Mix's 26-yard reception in the first drive was his second-longest pass reception of the season. Mix had a 27-yard grab vs. South Carolina. It was his third play of 20+ yards this season.
K John Vaughn made 1-of-6 field goals, making a 26-yarder in the second quarter but missing from 41, 54, 37, 49 and 39. Vaughn is now 8-of-15 this season on field goal attempts, and 0-of-5 from 40 yards or more.
Vaughn's 26-yard field goal was his 26th of his career, moving him into a tie for ninth on Auburn's all-time field goals made list with Matt Hawkins (1994-95).
WR Devin Aromashodu's 31-yard reception in the second quarter was his second-longest reception of the season, and his longest since a 39-yard touchdown grab in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech. He now has a team-high four catches of 20+ yards.
FB Jake Slaughter's 19-yard reception in the third quarter was his first reception since 2003 and the fourth of his career.
Anthony Mix's 5-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter is his second of the season and the seventh of his career.
WR Courtney Taylor caught four passes for 58 yards, and moved into 10th place on Auburn's career receptions list with 91, and into 11th with 1,301 career receiving yards.