SEC Championship Game Auburn Notes

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Dec. 4, 2010

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AUBURN NOTES

  • Auburn team captains were OT Lee Ziemba, LB Josh Bynes and K Wes Byrum.
  • Auburn won the toss and elected to receive.
  • Kickoff was at 4:11 p.m. ET.
  • Game attendance was announced as 75,802.

TEAM NOTES

  • Auburn won its seventh all-time SEC title and its second SEC Championship game (2004).
  • Auburn now has 13 wins, which ties the school record for most wins in a season in school history. The Tigers also went 13-0 in 2004.
  • Auburn has now beaten six teams that are currently ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll and BCS standings.
  • Auburn now owns a record of 2-2 in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers won the title in 2004 after dropping games in 2000 and 1997.
  • Auburn now leads the all-time series with South Carolina, 8-1-1. The Tigers are 6-0 against South Carolina since the Gamecocks joined the SEC prior to the 1992 season.
  • The Tigers are now 6-6-1 all-time in games played in domed stadiums, including a 4-3 record in the Georgia Dome.
  • Auburn scored an SEC Championship game record 56 points, pushing the Tigers' total for the season to 555 points, extending Auburn's single-season record. The previous SEC Championship game scoring record was by Florida in a 45-30 victory over Alabama in 1996.
  • Auburn scored at least 50 points for the sixth time, extending its own school single-season record.
  • Auburn totaled 589 yards of offense and had 238 yards rushing, extending the school single-season records in both of those categories. The Tigers now have 6,470 yards of total offense, including 3,733 yards rushing.
  • Auburn's 589 yards of offense marked the seventh time this season the Tigers have rolled up at least 500 yards of offense.
  • Auburn threw for 351 yards. The Tigers had more yards passing in the first quarter (184) than they did in the entire first meeting against South Carolina (158).
  • Auburn has now won its last 65 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points. The last loss was a 56-49, four-overtime game against Georgia in 1996.
  • Auburn scored first on a 12-yard pass from Cam Newton to Onterio McCalebb. It marked the seventh time in 13 games this season in which Auburn scored first.
  • Auburn scored 21 first quarter points, which is the most in the first quarter by any team in any quarter in SEC Championship game history. The previous high was 19 by Alabama in the fourth quarter of the 1999 title game.
  • Auburn led 28-14 at halftime. It marked the eighth game this season that the Tigers led at the break.
  • The Tigers led 42-14 after three quarters and have now led after three periods in 10 of their 13 games.

Cam Newton NOTES

  • Cam Newton was named the MVP of the SEC Championship Game.
  • Newton accounted for a career-best 6 touchdowns (4 passing, 2 rushing), tying the SEC Championship game record and extending his school single-season record for touchdowns responsible for to 49. It marked the eighth game this season and fourth in a row that he accounted for at least four touchdowns.
  • Newton's 49 touchdowns responsible for ranks second in a single season in SEC history, behind Tim Tebow's 55 in 2007.
  • Newton became the second player in NCAA FBS history to total 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in a single season, joining Florida's Tim Tebow, who accomplished the feat in 2007.
  • Newton completed 17-of-28 passes for 335 yards and tied his career best with 4 touchdown passes. He now has 28 TD passes this season, extending his own school single-season record.
  • Newton was 2-for-2 passing for 74 yards and a TD on the opening drive. For the season, he is now 19-for-19 passing for 300 yards and three touchdowns on Auburn's opening drives this season.
  • Newton rushed for 73 yards on 14 carries, pushing his season total to 1,409 yards, which ranks third in Auburn history and extends his SEC record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a single season.
  • Newton's two rushing touchdowns brought his season total to 20 rushing touchdowns, extending his own school record.
  • Newton has now scored 21 touchdowns (20 rushing and one receiving), giving him 126 points scored this season, extending his Auburn single-season record for most points scored.
  • Newton had 408 yards of offense, pushing his season total to 3,998 yards, extending his own Auburn single-season record for total offense.
  • Newton now has 1,552 career rushing yards including his time at Florida, pushing him into the top 10 in career rushing yards by a quarterback in SEC history. Newton now ranks 10th in SEC history.

MORE PLAYER NOTES

  • OT Lee Ziemba extended his consecutive starts streak to 51 games, extending his own school records for starts and consecutive starts.
  • Wes Byrum scored eight points, pushing his Auburn career-record total to 355 points, which ranks fifth in SEC history.
  • Darvin Adams had seven catches for a career high and Auburn SEC Championship record 217 yards, marking his eighth career 100-yard receiving game and fourth this season. His 62-yard reception on Auburn's opening drive was his longest of the season and the second longest of his career behind a 72-yard touchdown catch against Alabama last season.
  • Adams had touchdown catches of 54 and 51 yards, giving him 17 for his career, which is tied for third best in Auburn history with Karsten Bailey (1995-98).
  • Adams pushed his career totals to 111 career catches for 1,924 career yards, which both rank seventh in school history.
  • Michael Dyer rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries, giving him 950 rushing yards this season, extending his Auburn freshman rushing record.
  • Onterio McCalebb scored Auburn's first touchdown just 1:40 into the game on a 12-yard pass from Cam Newton. It marked his first ever receiving touchdown and was his 10th TD of the season.
  • Daren Bates' second-quarter interception was the second of his career and first this season.
  • Nick Fairley set a new school record for tackles for loss in a season when he made a third-quarter sack. He now has 21.0 tackles for loss, and his 10.5 sacks this season ranks fourth in Auburn history.
  • T'Sharvan Bell returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, marking the first interception returned for a score by the Tigers since Walter McFadden had a 100-yard return vs. Northwestern in the 2010 Outback Bowl. It was Bell's fourth career interception and first this year.
  • Bell finished with a career-best nine tackles to lead the team.
  • Emory Blake caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season in the fourth quarter, catching a 7-yard strike from Cam Newton.


2010 SEC Championship Game Notes:

Today's captains:
Auburn: 17 Josh Bynes, 18 Wes Byrum, 73 Lee Ziemba
South Carolina: 91 Ladi Aiiboye, 34 Spencer Lanning, 83 Cliff Matthews, 47 Patrick DiMarco

Attendance: 70,802

Game Notes

  • Auburn has now won two SEC Championship Games and seven SEC titles, its first since 2004. Its seven titles are the sixth most in league history.
  • Auburn improves to 2-2 in SEC Championship Games and South Carolina falls to 0-1 in SEC Championship Games.
  • Auburn's Cam Newton is the 2010 SEC Championship Game's Most Valuable Player. He finished 17-of-28 passing for 335 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 14 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Today's attendance of 75,802 is the fourth largest crowd in SEC Championship Game history.
  • With Auburn's victory, the higher ranked team has won 13 of the 19 SEC Championship Games.
  • With Auburn's victory, Western Division teams improve to 8-11 in SEC Championship Games.
Game Records
  • Auburn's 56 points and eight touchdowns are both SEC Championship Game records. The combined 73 points are the second most in SEC Championship Game history, behind the 75 combined points in 1996, which Florida won 45-30 over Alabama.
  • Auburn's 39 point victory is the largest in an SEC Championship Game. The previous largest was 31 in 1995 (Florida 34, Arkansas 3).
  • Auburn's 589 yards of total offense is an SEC Championship Game record. The previous mark was the Tigers' 559 yards in 2004.
  • Auburn's average of 8.29 yards per play is an SEC Championship Game record.
  • Auburn's Cam Newton set or tied the following SEC Championship Game records: Most TDs responsible for - six (tied, Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 1996); Yards per play - 9.7 (42 plays, 408 yards)
  • Newton also posted the second most total yards in an SEC Championship Game with 408, trailing only Auburn's Jason Campbell's 431 in 2004.
  • Auburn's Darvin Adams set an SEC Championship Game record with 217 receiving yards, all coming in the first half. He tied the second-most TD receptions with two.
  • Auburn's Wes Byrum set an SEC Championship Game record with eight PATs Attempted and Made.
  • Auburn's T'Sharvan Bell became the seventh player in SEC Championship Game history to return an interception for a touchdown.
  • South Carolina's 139 kickoff return yards is the second highest total in SEC Championship Game history.
First Half Notes
  • Auburn scored first on a 12-yard pass from Cam Newton to Onterio McCalebb. Entering the game, the team that scored first in the SEC Championship Game had a 10-8 record.
  • Auburn led 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. Entering the game, teams leading at the end of the first quarter of the SEC Championship Game have a 9-6 record.
  • Auburn leads 28-14 at halftime. Entering the game, teams leading at halftime have gone on to win 14 of the previous 18 SEC Championship Games.
  • Auburn's touchdown with 13:20 remaining in the first quarter is the second fastest score in SEC Championship Game history; the fastest was also by Auburn, in 2004 on a Cole Bennett fumble recovery with 13:24 left in the first quarter.
  • Today's game marks the second time in SEC Championship Game history that both teams scored on their opening drives. The last time it happened was the inaugural game in 1992 between Alabama and Florida. With Auburn's touchdown on its second drive, it marked the first time a TD was scored on the first three total drives of the game.
  • The 28 first quarter combined points are the most in SEC Championship Game history. Auburn's 21 first quarter points are also a record.
  • The 42 combined points is an SEC Championship Game record for first half points. The previous record was 38 between Florida and Alabama in 1996 (UF 24, UA 14).
  • At the half, Darvin Adams has already established an SEC Championship Game single-game record for receiving yards with 217 yards on seven catches and two touchdowns, which is tied for second in an SEC Championship Game. The previous record for receiving yards was 171 by Florida's Reidel Anthony in 1996. Anthony had 11 catches.
  • Newton was responsible for four touchdowns at the half, tying for second most in an SEC Championship Game.