AU 30, FAU 14: News, Notes And Quotes

Comments from Emory Blake and other news and notes from Auburn's third football victory are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Emory Blake is climbing up the receiving charts in Auburn history when it comes to getting the ball into the end zone. The junior wide receiver's 10-yard touchdown catch from Barrett Trotter in the first quarter of the Tigers' 30-14 win over Florida Atlantic was nothing new for Blake.

It was the seventh straight game in which Blake has been on the receiving end of a touchdown pass, including all four of Auburn's games this season, the BCS National Championship Game, the SEC title game and the Alabama contest from last year.

"When I was being recruited by Coach (Gus) Malzahn, he told me I would become a household name for Auburn fans," Blake said. "It looks like he's right. I'm very glad I made the decision to come here."

The Auburn junior said he was ready to make some plays after the Tigers' loss to Clemson the previous week to end Auburn's 17-game win streak, the longest in the nation at the time. He only had one catch against Clemson, a 30-yard touchdown strike from Trotter.

"I feel like I'm back on track now," he said after pulling in five passes for 78 yards and the touchdown against the Owls of FAU. "But I think there are a couple more plays I could have made."

With the touchdown catch against FAU, Blake moved into second place on Auburn's all-time list for TD catches in consecutive games. He had been tied with Bryon Franklin, who had TD catches in six straight games in 1980.

Terry Beasley, considered the greatest receiver in Auburn history by most observers, holds the school record with eight straight games of catching touchdowns in 1971. Blake's 12 career touchdown catches ranks eighth in Auburn history.

As for adding to his totals, Blake knows the task will be difficult as Auburn moves into an October stretch that includes road trips to South Carolina, Arkansas and LSU to go with a home game against Florida, all highly-ranked teams.

"That's nothing new," he said. "It's the SEC and the SEC West. You know it's coming up and you have a tough schedule. We are a tough team and this is what we do."

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

*True freshman Brandon Fulse started in place of Philip Lutzenkirchen at H-back Saturday while redshirt freshman Chad Slade was at right guard in place of John Sullen. Also, Jonathan Mincy started in place of Chris Davis at left cornerback and Jawara White opened at linebacker with normal starter Jonathan Evans still unable to go with an injury. All four are players who didn't start against the Owls have been battling minor nagging injuries.

*Redshirt sophomore center Blake Burgess changed numbers from 63 to 86 with the anticipation of possibly lining up at H-back, along with Fulse who stepped in for Lutzenkirchen could have played but was held out after being sidelined briefly at Clemson. Burgess played briefly vs. the Owls.

*Linebackers Jonathan Evans and Justin Garrett were on the field, but were not dressed out to play against FAU. Also not dressing was defensive end Dee Ford. The coaches are trying to get them closer to full speed for a tough October run of SEC games.

*Serving as captains were defensive end Nosa Eguae, quarterback Barrett Trotter and running back Onterio McCalebb.

*After Spirit banged into a skybox Plexiglas in his pre-game flight against Mississippi State two weeks ago before continuing his journey with a routine landing, it was Nova who stepped in and performed the eagle flight before the FAU contest.

*Auburn has won 11 straight games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Since 2000 the Tigers are 23-4 in night games (6 p.m. or later) at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*The Tigers are 12-1 non-conference games under Gene Chizik in his three years as Auburn's head coach. The only lost was last week at Clemson.

*Auburn is 17-0 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt Conference after defeating Florida Atlantic.

*Reese Dismukes is one of only five true freshmen to be an offensive line starter among the 67 teams that are BSC automatic qualifiers. The center for Auburn joins Arkansas' Mitch Smothers and Kentucky's Darrian Miller from the SEC as true freshmen offensive line starters. Others in the country are John Miller of Louisville and Tyler Moore of Nebraska.


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