Part 2, Auburn 49, Georgia 31: Notes, Quotes

Comments from Auburn players are featured with game notes from AU's big victory over UGA.

Auburn, Ala.--Onterio McCalebb continues his development as a running back for the Auburn Tigers and that was apparent in Auburn's 49-31 victory over Georgia on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The 5-10, 180-pound sophomore is an excellent complement for freshman Michael Dyer running inside and quarterback Cameron Newton punishing inside and outside. The speedster McCalebb has turned into a big-play scorer from long distance.

However, he dialed it back in Auburn's 49-31 win over Georgia Saturday as the Tigers clinched the SEC West title. He had short touchdown runs of four, two and four yards for the first three-touchdown game of his career to give him nine rushing touchdowns this season.

It also marked the fifth straight game McCalebb has scored a touchdown. The sophomore did have a couple of long scampers to finish the afternoon with 71 yards on 12 carries.

"The coaches called the plays and everybody did their assignments," McCalebb said. "I was able to get into the end zone."

McCalebb said he believes the season really makes a statement about the direction of the Auburn program. "Everybody went out there with the mindset that we knew what we had to do," he said. "A lot of people doubted and a lot of people didn't expect us to make this far. As a team we went out there and did what we had to do."

"What about winning the SEC West? "It really means a lot," he said. "Coming out of high school, I never thought I would be able to be in this spot my second year in college. Right now, I'm just going to enjoy it all I can."

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

*With his seven extra points against the Bulldogs, senior Wes Byrum pushed his Auburn career record total to 343 points, which ranks seventh in SEC history.

*Byrum also recovered an on-sides kickoff to open the second half. He also recovered an on-side kick against Alabama in 2009.

*Junior wide receiver Darin Adams had three catches for 30 yards becoming the eighth player in school history with at least 100 career receptions. He now has 102 catches for 1,678 yards.

*Auburn will make its fourth trip to the SEC Championship Game after clinching the SEC West title against Georgia. The Tigers participated in title games in 1997, 2000 and 2004. Auburn has either won or shared the SEC West title seven times since 1997.

*The Tigers nosed another game ahead of Georgia in the South's oldest football rivalry. The Tigers lead the series 54-52-8. Saturday's win also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

*Auburn is 11-0 for third time in school history with 1993 and 2004 the other years.

*The Tigers have now gone 8-0 at home during a season twice. They were also 8-0 in 1988.

*Auburn has come from behind for the seventh time in 11 games this season, including three times from double-digit deficits.

*With 49 points against the Bulldogs, Auburn has scored 471 points this season, the most in a single season in school history. The previous record was 438 points in 1995.

*The Tigers have won 64 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points, going back to a 56-49 four-overtime loss to Georgia in 1996.

*Auburn rushed for 315 yards against Georgia, marking the sixth straight game against an SEC opponent that the Tigers have gone over the 300-yard mark against. Georgia entered the game ranked 13th nationally in defense against the run, allowing 196.4 yards a game.

*The Tigers converted 10-14 third-down plays after entering the game ranked ninth nationally with a conversion percentage of 50.9 percent.

*Cam Newton's 31-yard touchdown run on Auburn's first possession is the sixth time this season in which the Tigers have scored first.

*Auburn has scored in 21 consecutive quarters, dating back to the fourth quarter of Auburn's game at Kentucky on October 9.


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