Lemonier was off to decent start this year with eight total tackles, one sack and two tackles for losses in Auburn's first three games. However, he had only one tackle in the Tigers' loss to Clemson the previous week. He stepped it up in Auburn's 30-14 win Saturday over Florida Atlantic, finishing with a team-high six tackles--two going for losses of 15 yards and a sack for an 11-yard loss.
"I turned it loose--finally," Lemonier said of his effort against the Owls. "I have been worried about the small things during the early part of the season. I had been thinking too much and it was messing me up a little bit. It was great to get the sack because that picks up the defense and the crowd, just like the interceptions we had."
Lemonier was pleased with the defense after giving up more than 500 yards a game in the Tigers' first three contests. "The defense made a lot of great stops and we were able to build off that," he explained. "We did a lot better job communicating and were just trying to make plays. That's it."
In other news and notes from Auburn's victory:
*Auburn held out key players vs. Florida Atlantic to get them healthier for a stretch of games in October vs. four ranked teams. Players watching from the sideline included tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, defensive end Dee Ford, cornerback Chris Davis, offensive guard John Sullen and linebackers Jonathan Evans and Justin Garrett.
*Florida Atlantic entered its game with Auburn scoring only three points, which came in the Owls' 41-3 opening game loss at Florida. They were shut out 44-0 two weeks ago at Michigan State before an off date before meeting Auburn.
By halftime of Saturday's game the Owls had doubled their season points total with a pair of field goals from Vinny Zaccario as Auburn led 10-6 at intermission. The Tigers went on for a 30-14 win, allowing FAU's first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter.
*The Owls came into the contest averaging only 92.5 yards a game in total offense with a total of 185 yards in two outings. At halftime, they had exceeded their average with 153 yards, only two less than Auburn had managed in the first 30 minutes. Auburn narrowly won the offensive yards battle with 315 to 307 for the Owls when Tigers' win was finally in the books.
*Plans to give Mike Dyer more carries didn't materialize on Saturday. The sophomore running back had 48 carries for 358 yards in Auburn's first three games. In the first half against FAU, Dyer picked up 33 yards in only eight rushes. He had a long gain of 20 yards, which means he gained only 13 yards on his other seven attempts.
The sophomore, who broke Bo Jackson's freshman rushing record last year, ended Saturday's contest with 66 yards on 14 carries. After scoring two touchdowns in each of Auburn's first three games, Dyer failed to get into the end zone against the Owls.
*Auburn has won 68 games in a row when scoring 30 or more points with the all-time record when putting more than 30 points on the scoreboard at 287-4.
*With three interceptions against FAU, it was the most in a game for Auburn since picking off five passes in the 2010 Outback Bowl when Northwestern put the ball in the air 78 times in the Tigers' overtime win. The last time Auburn had three or more interceptions in a regular season game was Sept. 19, 2009 against West Virginia when Tigers picked off the Mountaineers five times.