Focus Already Turning to SEC Game at Kentucky

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's college football victory over Louisiana-Monroe are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior offensive left tackle Lee Ziemba was able to take a rare break on Saturday afternoon and watch his team's younger players see action in Auburn's 52-3 football win over Louisiana Monroe.

After running his consecutive starts streak to 43, six shy of Will Herring's school mark of 49, Ziemba joined Auburn's offensive line starters on the sideline.

"It was a good to get a break and rest your body and legs," Ziemba points out. "It also gave some young guys a chance to play a lot and they did a great job. Now, we go back to work. That's the way things are. We've got to clean up and try to perfect things."

Ziemba knows the challenge ahead with a road trip to Kentucky and home games against Arkansas and LSU the next three weeks. It was at this juncture of the season in 2009 that the Tigers went into a tailspin with three straight losses.

Lee Ziemba (73), Cameron Newton (2) and Onterio McCalebb (23) each spent a good bit of the game on the sidelines.

"It's good to be 5-0 and would be great to be 6-0," Ziemba says as he looks to Kentucky. "Anytime you get beat by someone in your house, it's going to stay with you until the next year."

In other news and notes from Auburn's victory over ULM:

*The Tigers have nine touchdowns this year that have covered at least 35 yards after scoring in the first quarter on a school-record 94-yard pass from Cameron Newton to Emory Blake and a 50-yard run by Onterio McCalebb.

*With 31 first-half points against ULM, it marks the second time this season Auburn has put up more than 30 points in the first half. The Tigers had 35 points before intermission in their season-opening 52-26 victory over Arkansas State.

*Gus Malzahn's offense came back with another 500-yards or better performance with 505 yards against ULM. It is the sixth time in the season and a half with Malzhan calling the shots as Auburn's offensive coordinator for the Tigers to produce at least 500 yards in a game. Prior to last season, Auburn hadn't put up a 500-yard performance since 2005.

*Senior placekicker Wes Byrum is in some exclusive company after a field goal and seven extra points Saturday to score 10 points. He moved past Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson plus Carnell Williams into second place in Auburn history. Byrum has 279 points and trails only John Vaughn, also a placekicker, who finished with 312 points from 2003-06.

*Trovon Reed didn't dress for the game. The freshman has played in just one game and is eligible for a medical hardship redshirt. The receiver suffered a kneecap injury in practice.

*True freshman defensive end Corey Lemonier and true freshman linebacker Jake Holland both recorded sacks. It was the second for Lemonier and first for Holland who was seeing his first action as a Tiger. Junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley registered three tackles for losses and a sack against ULM. He has team highs of 11.5 tackles for losses and five sacks.

*Senior safety Zac Etheridge had his first interception of the season Saturday and only the second of his career.


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