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Auburn Game Notes vs. Penn State

Auburn Game Notes vs. Penn State

January 1, 2003
Capital One Bowl--Orlando, Fla.

* For the sixth straight game, Auburn did not give up a touchdown in the first quarter.  Auburn held its last six opponents to six points, three to Georgia and three to Penn State in the first quarter.   Also, for the sixth straight game, the Tigers did not allow a touchdown in the first half.  In that span, Auburn only allowed 12 points- 3 to Ole Miss; 3 to Georgia and 6 to Penn State in the first half.

* The six points were the fewest combined points in the first half since the 1938 Orange Bowl when Auburn led Michigan State 6-0 at the half.  The Tigers won the game, 6-0.

* Auburn rushed for 200 yards today, giving the Tigers 2,648 rushing yards on the season, which ranks 10th all-time in the team single-season records.  The 2002 team became the first Auburn team since 1986 to rush for more than 2,500 yards in a season.

* Auburn has rushed for 100 or more yards in 32 of the last 36 games.  

* Auburn running backs rushed for 100 or more yards in eight games this season.  Ronnie Brown had four 100-yard games, Carnell Williams had three and Tre Smith had one 100-yard performance.

* Auburn has scored a rushing touchdown in 23 of the last 24 games.

* Auburn has scored 31 rushing touchdowns this season.  The 31 rushing touchdowns tie for fifth in the single-season team records and are the most since 1995 when the Tigers scored 35 touchdowns on the ground.

* With Auburn's 13-9 win over No. 10 Penn State, the Tigers have finished the season 3-1 this season vs. top 10 opponents (No. 10 LSU 31-7, No. 9 Alabama 17-7, No. 7 Georgia 21-24).

* With 15 first downs in the game, the 2002 Auburn team moves into a tie for second place with 248 first downs this season.

* With two rushing touchdowns in the contest, Auburn finishes the season with 32, which moves them into fifth place all time for rushing touchdowns in a season.

* With 278 yards of total offense, Auburn finishes the season with 5,038 yards in 2002, which is the second highest all time.

* With the 13-9 win, Auburn won its first bowl game since the 1998 Peach Bowl, 21-17 over Clemson in the 1997 season.

* Penn State's three field goals marks the first time since the 1974 Gator Bowl that Auburn has not allowed a touchdown in a bowl game. In that game the Tigers defeated Texas 27-3. It is the third time in Auburn history that touchdown has not been allowed by the Tigers.

* Ronnie Brown was named the Auburn offensive and overall MVP for the Capital One Bowl.

* Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas was named the defensive MVP for Auburn.

* With Ronnie Brown's 184 rushing yards today, he eclipses the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 1,008 total yards. After Auburn's first six games this season, Brown had just 170 yards.

* Ronnie Brown rushed for 184 yards today, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season.  Brown ran for 100 or more yards in four of his last six games.

* Ronnie Brown became the first Auburn running back to rush for more than 100 yards in a bowl game since the 1996 Outback Bowl when Stephen Davis rushed for 119 yards. Brown's two rushing touchdowns ties for the most rushing touchdowns in Auburn history in a bowl game.

* Ronnie Brown's 184 rushing yards today rank as the most in a bowl game in the Auburn records.

* Ronnie Brown scored his 12th rushing touchdown of the season with a one-yard run in the third quarter.  Brown rushed 59 yards on 10 carries on the drive. 

* Ronnie Brown is tied for fifth in the single-season rushing list with 13 rushing touchdowns. 

* Ronnie Brown's 37 carries in the game is first all-time in bowl games. The second highest is Bo Jackson when he had 31 carries in the 1986 Cotton Bowl, with available records dating back to the 1963 season.

* Roderick Hood's interception in the fourth quarter is his second of the season and fifth of his career.

* Damon Duval ends his career with 125 PATs made with 125 attempted, which ranks as a tie for 10th in SEC history and is fourth all-time in the SEC in consecutive PATs.  Duval ends his career with 260 points kicking, which ranks first all-time in Auburn history and second all-time in scoring for the Tigers.

* With 39 punt return yards today, Roderick Hood finished with 409 yards this season, which moved him into fourth place in the Auburn single-season records.

* Ronnie Brown moves into 24th place on the all-time rushing list with 1,338 rushing yards.



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