Auburn Game Notes
Auburn vs. Ole Miss
October 29, 2005
The pre-game flight today was made by Nova from the northeast corner of the stadium.
Auburn team captains are OG Tim Duckworth, DE Quentin Groves and H Matthew Motley.
Ole Miss won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Auburn chose to receive and Ole Miss chose to defend the north end zone.
Game attendance was announced as 85,791.
Kickoff was at 11:33 a.m. CT.
Auburn is now owns a 22-8 advantage in the series vs. Ole Miss and has won two straight, five of the last six, 11 of the last 13 and 20 of the last 23.
With six wins, Auburn is now bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season. Auburn has not been to at least six straight bowls since going to nine straight from 1982-90.
Auburn has now won eight consecutive SEC home games and 10 of its last 11.
Auburn is now 33-12 against SEC schools since 2000.
Auburn now owns a 248-60-7 record in 66 years of football at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers are 34-6 at Jordan-Hare over the past six seasons.
Auburn is now 50-4 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring 20 or more points.
Ole Miss finished with just 23 yards rushing. It marks the seventh time in the last nine meetings that Auburn has held Ole Miss to fewer than 100 yards rushing.
Ole Miss passed for 186 yards. The Auburn defense has not allowed an opponent to throw for 200 yards in a game this season.
Auburn did not score on its opening possession. The Tigers have now scored on their opening drive three times in eight games (two touchdowns, one field goal).
The first quarter ended in a scoreless tie. It marked the first time this season that Auburn played in a scoreless first quarter. It was also the third time in eight games that Auburn did not score during the opening period.
Auburn scored first on a 28-yard pass from Courtney Taylor to Devin Aromashodu in the second quarter. It was the fifth time this season that the Tigers have scored first, and Auburn is now 4-0 when scoring first.
Auburn outscored Ole Miss 13-3 in the second quarter, extending Auburn's second-quarter scoring advantage to 92-17 this season.
Auburn led 13-3 at the half. The Tigers are now 4-0 when leading at the half.
Auburn outscored Ole Miss 7-0 in the third quarter, and now has a 65-10 scoring advantage in the third quarter this season.
The Auburn defense held Ole Miss to just three points, marking the fourth game this season the Tigers have held opponents to single digits (Mississippi State 28-0, Ball State 63-3 and South Carolina 48-7).
In SEC play this season, the Auburn defense has allowed its first five opponents just 47 total points, an average of 9.4 per game.
OT Troy Reddick extended his consecutive starts streak to 34 games, while FS Will Herring (32), TE Cooper Wallace (27), NG T.J. Jackson (21) and OG Ben Grubbs (21) also extended lengthy starting streaks.
Redshirt freshman SS Steve Gandy made the first start of his career.
RB Kenny Irons ran for 101 yards on 32 carries, giving him over 100 yards rushing for a third consecutive game. The last Auburn back to run for over 100 yards in three consecutive games was Carnell Williams in 2003 (185 vs. Tennessee, 150 at Arkansas, 164 vs. Mississippi State).
WR Ben Obomanu caught his 17th career touchdown pass in the third quarter, giving him 17 for his career, which ties him for second in Auburn history with Karsten Bailey (1995-98).
Obomanu finished with two catches, moving his career total to 86, which ranks 13th in Auburn history.
WR Courtney Taylor finished with three catches for 39 yards, moving him up to seventh on Auburn's career receptions list with 94 and 10th on the career receiving yardage list with 1332 yards.
Courtney Taylor's 28-yard touchdown pass to WR Devin Aromashodu in the second quarter was his first pass thrown during his collegiate career, and the first by any Auburn wideout since Tim Carter completed a 39-yard pass to Marcel Willis in 2000 at Florida.
WR Prechae Rodriguez had three catches, tying his career high, for a career-best 55 yards.
QB Brandon Cox finished with 205 yards passing. It is the sixth time in seven games that Cox has thrown for at least 200 yards.
K John Vaughn's two field goals in the second quarter were the 27th and 28th of his career, moving him into eighth place on Auburn's career field goals made list.
Vaughn's second field goal was a 39-yarder, which ties his season long.
Vaughn's nine points pushed his career total to 196, moving him up one spot to fourth on Auburn's chart for most points kicking. Vaugh also moved into second place in Auburn history in extra points made with 112.
P Kody Bliss punted two times, pushing his career total to 134 and moving him into 10th on Auburn's career punts chart.
DE Marquies Gunn finished with three tackles for losses, which is a new career high, including a quarterback sack.
RB Carl Stewart's 25-yard pass reception in the first quarter was the longest reception of his career.
Devin Aromashodu's touchdown catch was his fourth of the season and the ninth of his career.
Steve Gandy had his first career interception in the second quarter, and returned it 29 yards. Gandy's 29-yard return was the longest this season by an Auburn player.
Tre Smith's 25-yard punt return in the third quarter was his longest return of the season.
Ben Obomanu's 27-yard run in the fourth quarter was the longest rush of his career.
Kenny Irons' fourth quarter touchdown was the first rushing touchdown of the game.