Chick-fil-a Bowl Auburn Post-game Notes
Auburn vs. Virginia
Auburn vs. Virginia
Dec. 31, 2011 - Georgia Dome, Alanta, Ga.
Dec. 31, 2011
- Auburn team captains were RB Onterio McCalebb, DB Neiko Thorpe, DE Nosa Eguae, TE Philip Lutzenkirchen
- Virginia won the toss and elected to receive. Auburn defended the west end zone.
- The attendance was a sellout of 72,919.
- Onterio McCalebb was named the Chick-fil-A Bowl Offensive MVP and Chris Davis was the bowl's Defensive MVP.
- Auburn is 22-13-2 all-time in bowl games and has won five consecutive bowl games, a school record.
- Auburn has now won five consecutive games played in the month of December.
- Gene Chizik is 3-0 as a head coach in bowl games and 9-0 in bowl games as a coach.
- Auburn has won 30 games under Chizik in three years.
- Auburn is 2-1 all-time against Virginia and has a 119-72-8 mark against Atlantic Coast Conference schools.
- Auburn is 8-6-1 all-time in domed stadiums, including a 5-3 mark in the Georgia Dome. The Tigers have won four consecutive games inside the Georgia Dome.
- Auburn had 27 players that saw action in their first bowl game. The list includes: Trovon Reed, Quan Bray, Jonathon Mincy, Kiehl Frazier, LaDarius Owens, Brandon Fulse, Erique Florence, Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley, Tre Mason, Justin Garrett, Robenson Threrezie, Steven Clark, Jermaine Whitehead, Cody Parkey, Jawara White, Reese Dismukes, Chad Slade, Tunde Fariyike, A.J. Greene, C.J. Uzomah, Travante Stallworth, Garrett Harper, Jaylon Denson, Gabe Wright, Joel Bonomolo and Angelo Blackson.
- Auburn's 43 points was a season-high and set a school record for points in a bowl game. The previous best for a bowl game was 38 in an overtime win over Northwestern in the 2010 Outback Bowl.
- Auburn's blocked punt in the first quarter was its first since 2010 against Arkansas (Antonio Goodwin).
- With a second blocked punt in the third quarter (Angelo Blackson), it marked the first time since 2003 against Louisiana-Monroe that Auburn blocked two or more punts in a game. Auburn blocked three in that game in 2003.
- Auburn's safety on the Angelo Blackson blocked punt in the third quarter was the Tigers first safety since the 2011 BCS National Title game against Oregon.
- The successful onside kick by Auburn in the second quarter was the Tigers' second of the season. The first came in the season opener against Utah State.
- Auburn's 28 first half points were the most since scoring 31 at home against Mississippi State on Sept. 10.
- The 28 points are an AU bowl record for first half points. The previous high was 23 against Boston College in the 1982 Tangerine Bowl.
- Auburn had three touchdown drives of 80 or more yards marking the first time it has accomplished the feat since 2010 at Kentucky.
- Auburn had a 100-yard rushing and a 100-yard receiver in Onterrio McCalebb (109 yards) and Emory Blake (108 yards), marking the first time AU has had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game since this season against Mississippi State (Dyer, Blake).
- Garrett Harper's blocked punt in the first quarter was his first blocked kick of his career.
- Kiehl Frazier's scored on rushing TDs of 3 yards and 1 yard during the game, which were his second and third rushing touchdowns of the season.
- Chris Davis forced fumble in the first quarter was the first of his career, while teammate Ryan Smith's fumble recovery was the first of his career.
- Onterio McCalebb's 60-yard gain the second quarter was the longest rush by an Auburn player this season and McCalebb's third longest run of his career.
- McCalebb's 9-yard TD run in the second quarter was the 18th rushing score of his career and fifth this season.
- With 96 rushing yards in the first half, McCalebb surpassed the 2,000 yard barrier in his career, the 15th player in school history to accomplish the feat. He finished the game with 109 yards for 2,016 in his career, good for 14th on the school's career rushing list.
- With a rushing TD and receiving TD, McCalebb is the first AU player to accomplish the feat since Mario Fannin in 2008 against Georgia.
- McCalebb's 109 rushing yards are his season high and third 100-yard rushing game of his career.
- Tre Mason's 12-yard rushing TD in the third quarter was the first rushing TDn of his career and second career TD. He had a kickoff return for a touchdown in the season opener against Utah State.
- DL Gabe Wright's sack in the third quarter was the first of his career.
- WR Emory Blake had 108 receiving yards for the game, marking the fourth 100-yard receiving game of his career and tying his career high.
- PK Cody Parkey's 45-yard field goal was a career long, surpassing his previous best of 43 yards against Mississippi State this season.
- LB Jake Holland made his second career interception in the fourth quarter after a vicious hit by Daren Bates on the Cavalier's Kevin Parks. Holland's other interception came earlier this season vs. Florida Atlantic.