It marked the one-year anniversary of the game he came close to being paralyzed for life and possibly even losing his life after being seriously injured at Jordan-Hare Stadium when he took a blow to his spine.
On Saturday night after Auburn's 51-31 victory over Ole Miss, Etheridge met at midfield and talked with Ole Miss running back Rodney Scott, whose quick thinking by not moving while Etheridge was motionless on top of Scott is credited by doctors with giving Etheridge a chance to have a normal life and play football again.
Zac Etheridge (4) and his parents meet with Rodney Scott of Ole Miss after Saturday night's game.
"It was a very emotional night for me," Etheridge said. "I was happy I was able to have a chance to get to see him again. I was happy my family was also out there to get to meet him and just thank him again and tell him we love him."
Etheridge said it wasn't easy to prepare for the Ole Miss game with memories of being transported off the field in an ambulance at last year's game in Auburn. "It has been tough this week reflecting back on last year and doing all of the interviews," he pointed out. "I overcame it and we are 9-0 so I am happy."
Etheridge said his team's latest victory was especially enjoyable. "This was a great win. We aren't going to stop here. We plan to keep on going."
In other news and notes:
*Auburn improved its record to 26-9 vs. Ole Miss and 9-2 in Oxford.
*With 572 yards of total offense, the Tigers have passed the 500-yard mark five times in nine games this season.
*Auburn has been behind six time in its nine games this year including Saturday evening in Oxford when the Rebels scored on the second play.
*Darvin Adams had a season-high six receptions to lead all receivers with 75 yards.
*Mike Dyer now has 723 rushing yards this season, which ranks third in AU history for freshmen trailing only Bo Jackson's 829 in 1982 and Travis Tidwell's 772 in 1946.
*Dyer rushed for 180 yards, his third career 100-yard rushing game.
*For the ninth time in his career, Wes Byrum made at least three field goals in the game. He was good from 25, 35 and 48 yards vs. Ole Miss.
*Cameron Newton has scored 90 points, which is eighth in a single-season for any Auburn player.
*Ole Miss fell to 0-7 vs. an opponent ranked No. 1 in a major poll. The Tigers are No. 1 in the BCS ratings.