Auburn Post-Game Notes
Auburn vs. Alabama
November 27, 2009
• The pregame flight was made by Nova from section 112 in the northeast corner of the stadium.
• Alabama won the toss and elected to receive. Auburn chose to defend the south end zone.
• Kickoff was at 1:40 p.m. CT.
• Attendance was announced as a sell-out crowd of 87,451.
· Auburn now trails the all-time series with Alabama, 40-33-1, and holds a 7-3 lead in games played in Auburn.
· Auburn is now 3-3 in Iron Bowl games played on a Friday, winning the two prior (1988, 1987).
· Auburn’s 151 yards rushing is the most against the Alabama defense this season.
· Auburn scored three touchdowns, which is as many as the Alabama defense had given up in its previous five games combined. Two of the touchdowns came through the air, making Auburn the first team this season to throw two TD passes against the Tide.
· Auburn scored 21 points, and is now tied for the fourth-most points in a single season in school history with 395.
· Auburn had two scoring drives that took less than two minutes, marking the Tigers’ 25th and 26th scoring drives this season that took less than two minutes, and 23 of those 26 drives resulted in touchdowns.
· Auburn had two plays of at least 60 yards, and now has eight this season.
· Auburn scored first on a 67-yard TD run by Terrell Zachery. The Tigers are now 4-3 this season when scoring first.
· Auburn successfully converted an on-side kick after its first score. It was the first successful on-side kick for Auburn since the 2008 game at West Virginia.
· Auburn had 119 yard rushing in the opening quarter, which was more than six of Alabama’s previous seven SEC opponents had for the entire game. Only Kentucky (133) had more yards rushing during their entire game against Alabama than Auburn had in the first quarter.
· Auburn held Alabama scoreless in the first quarter, marking the 13th straight quarter that Alabama did not reach the end zone against Auburn. The last Tide first-quarter touchdown against Auburn came in 1996.
· The Auburn defense allowed just 37 yards in the first quarter, including just three yards rushing, and did not allow a first down until 2:23 was left in the quarter.
· The game was tied at 14 at halftime, marking the first Auburn game this season to be tied at the half.
· Auburn led 21-20 after three quarters. The Tigers are now 6-2 this season when leading after three quarters.
· True freshman Jonathan Evans earned his first career start, starting at linebacker in place of an injured Eltoro Freeman. Evans became the fifth true freshman to start for Auburn this season, joining Daren Bates, Emory Blake, Onterio McCalebb and John Sullen.
· Ben Tate rushed for 45 yards, pushing his season total to 1254, moving past Bo Jackson (1983) for the eighth-best single-season total in school history.
· Tate’s career rushing total is now 3,213, which is fifth best in school history, just 165 yards behind Joe Cribbs for fourth.
· Chris Todd completed 15 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Todd now has 21 touchdown passes, breaking the previous Auburn single-season record for touchdown passes of 20 that was shared by Jason Campbell (2004) and Pat Sullivan (1971).
· Darvin Adams finished with four receptions for a career high 138 yards. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. His previous career high in receiving yards was 116 vs. Mississippi State.
· Terrell Zachery’s 67-yard touchdown run on Auburn’s first drive was his sixth touchdown of the season, and his first rushing touchdown. It was his third touchdown of at least 60 yards this season, and five of his six touchdowns have covered at least 30 yards.
· Zachery’s rush was the longest by an Auburn receiver against Alabama in school history, and the longest by any Tiger against Alabama since Carnell Williams went 80 yards on Auburn’s first offensive play in the 2003 game.
· Eric Smith capped Auburn’s second drive with a 1-yard touchdown reception. It was his second career touchdown and first career touchdown reception.
· Antonio Coleman had 1.5 sacks, pushing his career total to 23.5, which is third best in school history.
· Darvin Adams’ 72-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career. It was his 10th touchdown catch of the season, which is third best in school history.
· The 72-yard pass play was the second longest in Auburn history against Alabama. The longest was a 74-yard pass play from Charlie Trotman to Byron Franklin in 1977, which is the Iron Bowl record.