AU 62, UTC 24: News, Notes, Quotes

News and notes from Auburn's Homecoming football victory over Chattanooga are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Normally sure-handed Darvin Adams had a rare miss when a long first quarter pass from Cameron Newton bounced off his right shoulder pad after he had slipped past a UT-Chattanooga defender for what could have been a 50-yard touchdown.

Adams made up for that mistake with two touchdown receptions covering 30 and 39 yards. The 30-yarder came only 30 seconds after the opening kickoff when the Tigers went 62 yards on only two plays. The first was a Newton-to-Terrell Zachery pass that picked up 32 yards.

"The long pass I didn't catch hit my shoulder pad," Adams explains. "I saw the ball, and then lost it briefly in the sun. By the time I saw it again, it was too late and hit my shoulder."

The junior wide receiver played only the opening series of the second half to finish the 62-24 homecoming victory with four catches for 106 yards and the two touchdowns. Zachery pulled in seven passes for 148 yards and a touchdown, giving the Tigers two receivers over 100 yards receiving in a game for the first time this season. It was Adams' third 100-yard receiving game this season after 118 against Clemson and 101 yards at Kentucky.

Adams moved two spots for a tie for eighth in Auburn history with 99 career receptions and two spots to eighth in history in career receiving yards with 1,648. He tied for fourth in career touchdown receptions with 15, the same as Frank Sanders and Byron Franklin.

"Our receivers made a lot of big plays today," Adams says. "The coaches called a lot pass plays today. Cam (Newton) threw me some great passes today. Coach (Gus) Malzahn has faith throwing the ball to me and the offensive line did a great job. I just wanted to do my job and catch the ball."

In other news and notes:

*By halftime of Auburn's 62-24 win over Chattanooga, Cameron Newton had put up 341 total yards--317 in the air and another 24 on the ground. His 15 completions in 21 attempts included touchdowns passes of 30 and 39 yards to Darvin Adams, 20 yards to Emory Blake and 80 yards to Terrell Zachary. Three of the touchdowns and a one-yard touchdown run by Newton came in the first quarter when Tigers built a 27-0 lead.

Cameron Newton passes against the Mocs in Auburn's Homecoming victory.

*Talk about a fast strike offense, Auburn's first half touchdown drives consisted of:
Two plays, 62 yards, time of possession 30 seconds (Newton to Adams, 30-yard pass);
Six plays, 74 yards, six plays, 1:38 (Newton to Emory Blake, 20-yard pass);
Eleven plays, 63 yards 3:34 (Newton one-yard run);
Three plays, 50 yards, 0:36 (Adams 39-yard pass from Newton)
Two plays, 83 yards, 46 seconds (Zachery 80-yard pass from Newton);
One play, 49 yards, 17 seconds (Onterio McCalebb 49-yard run);
Five plays, 68 yards, 1:11 (Michael Dyer 27-yard run).

That's an average drive of 63.8 yards in four plays and a minute and 16 seconds a drive.

*The two second-half touchdowns by Auburn consumed only five plays, covering 92 yards and taking only two minutes and nine seconds. Mario Fannin capped both drives, scoring from 13 yards out on a four-play drive that covered 50 yards in 1:40 and from 42 yards on a one-play drive that took only 29 seconds.

*Newton extended his school record for touchdowns responsibility to 35 with five on Saturday against the Mocs. He entered the game leading the nation in that category with 30. It was the third time this season Newton had accounted for five touchdowns in a game, previously doing it against South Carolina and Arkansas State.

*With all his passing yards coming in the first half, Newton easily set his Auburn career high for passing yards in a game with 317. His previous high was 245 against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.

*Newton's four touchdown passes is also a single-game high, eclipsing the three each he had against Arkansas State and ULM. He ranks fourth for touchdown passes in a season with 19; three shy of the Auburn mark of 22 set back Chris Todd in 2009.

*Newton also extended his streak to 84 consecutive passes without an interception.

*Newton went over the 3,000-yard mark in total offense. His 3,036 yards is second in AU annals to Dameyune Craig, who piled up 3,277 yards in 1997.

*With his one-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter, Newton has 15 rushing touchdowns this season, fourth in a season in Auburn history. Bo Jackson and Cadillac Williams share the top spot with 17 each. Newton has one touchdown receiving to give him 16 touchdowns for 96 points, seventh in scoring for a season in Auburn history.


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