Auburn 49, UGA 31: News, Notes and Quotes

Comments from Auburn players and game notes are featured as the Tigers outscored Georgia to win the SEC West title.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior linebacker Craig Stevens had one of his best statistical games of the season in Auburn's 49-21 Saturday victory over Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium to clinch the SEC West title and a trip to the league's championship game for a rematch with South Carolina.

Stevens picked up six solo tackles and three assists to lead Auburn defenders against the Bulldogs. His previous high for the season was 12 stops against Arkansas.

Stevens credited the Auburn fans in the jam-packed stadium for doing their part. "It was amazing," he said.

"The crowd showed up and showed so much love and support," Stevens said about his final appearance at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "It amped us up for the game because Georgia came to play. I'm glad we came out with a victory."

The Tigers had to overcome a 21-7 first-quarter deficit. The offense did its part with six more touchdowns while the defense allowed only 10 points by Georgia the final three quarters.

"We knew that in the first quarter they were going to come out with some things that we haven't seen before," Stevens pointed out. "They were able to execute perfectly.

"We had to go to the sidelines and make some adjustments,"?he added. "Once we got to the sidelines, we decided we were going to play our game and were able to get some stops."

Winning the SEC West is special for the Tigers, according to Stevens. "It's great. It's a feeling that is indescribable. No one on this team has ever experienced it. It's just amazing. I'm ready to soak in the moment."

In other news and notes from Auburn's 49-31 victory over Georgia:

*By passing for 148 yards passing to go with his 151 yards rushing, Cameron Newton became the first player in SEC history and eighth different player in NCAA history to reach totals of 2,000 yards passing and more than 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. Newton has passed for 2,038 yards and rushed for 1,297 yards for 3,335 total yards, eclipsing Dameyune Craig's previous total offense record of 3,277 yards in 1997.

*With two passing and two rushing touchdowns against Georgia, Newton has accounted for 39 touchdowns, extending his Auburn single-season record. His total of 39 is sixth best in SEC history.

*Newton came into the Georgia game as the SEC's leading rusher and will remain at the top with his 151 yards Saturday. His season total of 1,297 yards is the most ever by an SEC quarterback and seventh best for a single season in Auburn history.

*With 17 rushing touchdowns, Newton is tied for first in Auburn history with Bo Jackson and Cadillac Williams.

*His 18 touchdowns including one TD reception--gives Newton 108 points for the season, a new Auburn record.

*Prior to his first-quarter interception that went through the hands of Emory Blake, Newton had thrown 85 consecutive passes with an interception.

*Newton's two touchdowns against the Bulldogs brought his season total to 21, one short of Auburn's season record set by Chris Todd in 2009.

*Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba extended his consecutive starts streak to 49 games, tying the school record held by former linebacker/defensive back Will Herring.

*Onterio McCalebb scored on runs of four, two and four yards for his first career three-touchdown game. It marked the fifth straight game in which he has rushed for a touchdown and gives him nine rushing touchdowns for the season.

*Philip Lutzenkirchen's touchdown receptions of 18 and 13 yards from Newton represents his first multi-touchdown game. The sophomore has four touchdown catches this year and six for his career. ,br>


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