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Auburn notebook: Doing the Lutzie with C.J. Uzomah
Oct. 5, 2014

Auburn's C.J. Uzomah puts his best foot forward doing the Lutzie

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  C.J. Uzomah did the Lutzie after his touchdown catch Saturday night as a tribute to his friend and former teammate who died tragically over the summer.
"He's affected my life and the Auburn community tremendously," Uzomah said of Philip Lutzenkirchen, the former Auburn tight end who was popular with his teammates and fans alike.
It was Lutzenkirchen who did an impromptu dance after he scored what proved to be the winning touchdown against Alabama in 2010. It wasn't pretty, he admitted, but he took the good-natured ribbing in stride.
Uzomah brought it back, if ever so briefly, after catching his 9-yard touchdown pass in a 41-7 win over LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"That was my attempt at it," Uzomah said. "In my head, it just clicked, right when I caught the pass, to do it."

Uzomah said he thought about doing the Lutzie earlier in the season, as in the last game, but didn't because he didn't want the officials to have extra time to review his touchdown catch. Saturday's TD was a no-doubter.

Auburn's play also left little doubt in this LSU game.

"That first half we came out on fire," Uzomah said. "Our defense has played unbelievable the last three games. I heard they were 0-for-13 on third downs. That's tremendous. That's a tribute to them."
The notebook continues…
• One of the reasons Auburn's win was so sweet was because the Tigers wanted to avenge last year's loss in Baton Rouge. Auburn did that. 
The Tigers were reminded all week of that 35-21 loss, and other losses to LSU as well.
"Coach Malzahn asked us a question: 'Who's beaten LSU?' Only one guy raised his hand. Guys wanted to get this win," said defensive lineman Gabe Wright.
• Auburn held LSU to 138 rushing yards, a 3.8-yard per carry average. No LSU runner had 50 yards, thanks, in part, to Auburn's defensive line.
"They are doing an outstanding job stopping the run," said coach Gus Malzahn. "Our front seven is stopping the run very well.  That's very critical.  We have a bunch of young guys running around on that back end, too.  I'm real excited about their play, too."

From the stat sheet...

• Guess who's No. 3 in the SEC and No. 14 in the nation in total defense. Well, if we're asking, then you know it's Auburn. The Tigers are allowing 306.6 yards per game.

Want something better? OK, Auburn is second in the SEC and ninth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 14.4 points per game.

The offense is doing well, too. Auburn is fourth in the SEC and 23rd in the nation in total offense, averaging 497.2 yards per game; and fifth in the SEC and 15th nationally in soring offense, averaging 42 points per game.

Going deeper, Auburn is first in the nation in red zone offense, having scored on all 21 trips into that magical land.  Seventeen of those are touchdowns. The Tigers are second in the SEC and eighth nationally in red zone defnse.

Auburn is also first in the SEC in fewest interceptions, with withjust one. That's fifth nationally. 

Auburn has the third fewest turnovers in the SEC and the 14th fewest in the country. 

How's the passing doing for last year's NCAA rushing leader? Thanks for asking. Auburn is second in the SEC and sixth nationally in passing efficiency. Nick Marshall is sixth in the SEC and 31st nationally in passing efficiency. He's fourth in the SEC in yards per completion. 

Quan Bray is still first in the SEC in punt returns and punt returns for a TD, with two. He's second nationally in both categories. Cameron Artis-Payne is third in the SEC and 13th nationally in rushing. Kicker Daniel Carlson is third in the SEC and 21st nationally in scoring, averaging 9.6 points per game.
And from Auburn on the LSU game…
• It was Auburn's 300th SEC win.
• That was Auburn's 13th straight home win, the longest streak in the nation.
• Auburn has 210 points through the first five games, the second most to start a season in school history. The 1995 team scored 218 in its first five games.
• Auburn hasn't allowed a passing touchdown in 15 straight quarters.
• Twenty different players made a tackle with Robenson Therezie, Rudy Ford and Cassanova McKinzy leading the way with six each.
• Auburn had seven tackles for a loss, including a sack by Ford.
• Auburn is 9-0 against SEC opponents since losing at LSU last season.
• Auburn has scored on all 21 of its trips to the red zone, including 17 touchdowns.
• A season-high nine players caught passes against LSU.
• Cameron Artis-Payne had his fourth 100-yard game of the season when he went for 126 yards Saturday. He has 594 yards this season.
• Sammie Coates had 144 receiving yards, a career best.
• Nick Marshall moved up to 29th all-time in career rushing yards at Auburn with his 119 yards against LSU. He has 1,460 yards, 13 behind Cam Newton.
• Daniel Carlson's 46-yard field goal in the first quarter was a career best.
• Four players made their first career start: Tre' Williams, Anthony Swain, Devonte Danzey and Gimel President.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer with Follow him on Twitter:



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