"Coach (Gene) Chizik tells us we have to make plays on the perimeter to make our offense more efficient and help us end up winning the game," the wideout said. "Anytime we get a chance to make a play on the outside, we need to."
The sophomore from Austin, Tex., is deceptively fast and it is paying off for him. Blake had the first touchdown pass of his Auburn career three games ago against Mississippi State.
Describing his big catch against the Gamecocks, Blake said, "It was a bubble screen and Jay (Wisner) blocked well on the outside. I was hungry to get in the end zone. No one could have stopped me from getting there," he said.
The son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake had three receptions for 33 yards against the Gamecocks and made some nifty moves in picking up yardage after the catch.
"I was just doing what I've done naturally ever since I started playing football, making plays in the open field when I can," Blake said.
In other news and notes from Auburn's victory:
*Auburn's winningest football coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan's 100th date of his birth was Saturday, September 25 when the Tigers played South Carolina. Born September 25, 1910 in Selma, Jordan compiled a 175-83-6 record while coaching Auburn from 1951-75. He coached Auburn's 1957 team that won the AP National Championship and share's Jordan-Hare Stadium's name. It was the first college stadium ever named in honor of a living coach.
*When Cameron Newton ran 59 yards for Auburn's first touchdown, it was the Auburn's first score on its initial possession at home this season and the second time the Tigers put six points on the board its first time having the ball this year. Newton's 59-yard scamper was Auburn's seventh touchdown of at least 35 yards or more. Newton had a 71-yard TD run against Arkansas State. The 59-yarder against South Carolina was second longest run this year.
*Auburn's second touchdown that Newton capped on a 3-yard run with less than a minute in the first half consumed 5:30 off the clock in covering. It covered 76 yards in 12 plays was Auburn's longest possession in time for a score in 2010.
*Junior offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, a junior college transfer, and redshirt freshman defensive end Nosa Equae made their first starts for the Tigers. Mosley replaced A.J. Greene who suffered a broken ankle against Clemson. Equae earned the start over senior Michael Goggans.
*True freshman defensive end Cory Lemonier recorded his first career sack in the second quarter when he got to Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia.
*Auburn leads the South Carolina series 7-1-1 and is 5-0 since the Gamecocks joined the SEC. The Tigers are 22-4 in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium since 2000, including 5-1 against nationally-ranked opponents.