Oct. 25, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn junior quarterback Cam Newton and junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley were both honored with weekly awards by the Southeastern Conference for the fourth time this season, the league office announced Monday.
Newton was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time, while Fairley was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, marking the third time he has won that award to go with one Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Newton helped guide Auburn to a 24-17 victory over then-No. 6 LSU by rushing 28 times for a career-high 217 yards and two touchdowns, while also completing 10-of-16 passes for 86 yards. Newton scored Auburn's first touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter before weaving 49 yards through the LSU defense for a score in the third quarter to give Auburn a 17-10 lead.
Newton's second touchdown allowed him to break Pat Sullivan's school record for combined touchdowns, rushing and passing, in a season, pushing Newton's total to an NCAA-leading 27 (14 rushing, 13 passing).
Newton helped lead an Auburn offense that rushed for 440 yards against the SEC's top-ranked defense, which was a school record for rushing yards in an SEC game. He accounted for 303 yards of total offense, and 16 of Auburn's 25 first downs. He had six rushes of 10 or more yards including three over 20 yards.
It marked the fourth straight SEC game with at least 170 yards rushing for Newton, who is averaging 169.8 yards rushing per game against SEC opponents. His 217 yards pushed his season total to 1,077, breaking the SEC single-season record for rushing yardage by a quarterback held by former Tiger Jimmy Sidle, who rushed for 1,006 yards in 1963.
Fairley dominated defensively for Auburn, recording six tackles, including 3.5 for 23 yards in losses. He collected 2.5 quarterback sacks (-20 yards) and added one quarterback hurry.
With the game tied at 17-17 with 7:51 remaining, Fairley had 2.0 tackles for loss (-12) and 1.0 sacks (-9) in a three-play span to stop an LSU drive that started at their own 40-yard line. The defensive stand set up Auburn's next possession that resulted in a go-ahead and game-winning touchdown.
Fairley, who helped Auburn hold LSU to just 243 yards of total offense, pushed his season total for tackles for loss to 17.0, which leads the SEC and is the second-highest total in the nation. He improved his sack total to 7.5, which is second-best in the league.
Newton became the fourth Auburn player to earn four SEC Offensive Player of the Week awards in the same season. Bo Jackson was the first to do it in 1985, while Brent Fullwood accomplished the feat the next season. Carnell Williams won four awards in 2003.
Newton had previously been honored as the conference's Offensive Player of the Week after Auburn's season-opening victory over Arkansas State, after the Tigers' victory over South Carolina Sept. 25 and after Auburn's victory over Arkansas Oct. 16.
Fairley had previously been named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at Mississippi State Sept. 9, and was named the league's Defensive Lineman of the Week after Auburn's victory over ULM Oct. 2 and after the Tigers' win against Arkansas Oct. 16. No Auburn defensive player has ever before received four SEC weekly awards in one season.
Auburn players have earned at least one SEC weekly award each week this season. In addition to the awards won by Newton and Fairley, Josh Bynes was named the Defensive Player of the Week against Clemson, Mike Blanc was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week against South Carolina and Wes Byrum was named Special Teams Player of the Week against Kentucky.