Auburn 16, USC 13: News, Notes And Quotes

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's SEC football victory at South Carolina are featured.

Columbia, S.C.--Auburn's defense came up big holding South Carolina star Marcus Lattimore to 66 yards on 17 carries as the Tigers defeated South Carolina 16-13.

It was a repeat of Auburn's performances against Lattimore in the regular season loss last year at Auburn and in Auburn's 56-17 rout of the Gamecocks in the SEC Championship Game last December.

"He is a great running back, one of the best running backs I have seen, and it is all about swarming him," Auburn defensive end Nosa Eguae said in explaining how the Tigers kept the star under control most of the game.

"You have to attack him and you have to wrap him," said Eguae, who was a big part of Auburn's success against the Gamecocks in last year's two victories as well as Saturday's game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

"Our coaches put us in great positions to make plays and that is what we did," said Eguae, who noted that the Auburn defense came up big on third downs. The Gamecocks converted just 2-10 opportunities.

"We knew if we could get off the field on third downs we were going to be successful," Eguae said. "Our coaches had great play calls on third downs. Coach Roof (defensive coordinator Ted Roof) had great calls for us on third down and it was about executing for us."

In other news and notes:

*Demetruce McNeal led the Tigers in tackles with five solos and three assists while adding an interception. Jake Holland was next with four solos and two assists. Daren Bates had five solo tackles including a sack. LaDarius Owens and Corey Lemonier each got a sack for the Tigers.

*Auburn has now won 10 consecutive SEC regular season games and 11 straight against SEC opponents, the longest such streak since winning 11 straight SEC games and 12 consecutive against league opponents from the Alabama game in 2003 to a win at Arkansas in 2005.

*Starting cornerback Chris Davis did not make the trip due to an injury. Jonathan Mincy started in his spot.

*Officials from the Gator Bowl were at Williams-Brice Stadium to check out the game. The Tigers have more appearances in that bowl than any other with six, but the last one came in 1974. The Tigers are 4-2 in those appearances in Jacksonville, Fla. The Sugar and Capitol One are tied for second with five. Officials from the Capitol One Bowl were also in Columbia for the game.

*Auburn won for the 13 straight time under Gene Chizik when leading at halftime. The Tigers are 19-2 in those games.

*Chizik's Auburn teams are 3-0 vs. South Carolina, something the coach said not many other teams can claim in recent seasons. Auburn is 9-1-1 all-time vs. the Gamecocks.

*The Tigers took 68 players on their first SEC road trip and 56 played.

*The 13 points allowed by the Tigers are the fewest in vs. Auburn in an SEC game since a 14-12 Auburn win over Tennessee on Sept. 27, 2008. The last time Auburn allowed fewer points was last season in a 52-3 win over ULM last October.

*Michael Dyer tied the school record for carries in a game with 41 as he netted 141 yards. His previous high for carries was 23 last year vs. the Gamecocks. Carnell Williams shares the record with 41 vs. Georgia in 2001.

*Philip Lutzenkirchen set a school record for career touchdowns by a tight end with his 10th. Robert Johnson owned the old mark with nine from 2000-2002.

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