AU 41, Ole Miss 23: News, Notes, Quotes

A report on Auburn's 41-23 SEC football victory over Ole Miss is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior wide receiver Quindarius Carr hasn't put up big numbers in his college football career, but he has a knack for making big gainers when he does catch the football.

His 45-yard catch from Clint Moseley for Auburn's second touchdown in the Tigers' 41-23 win over Ole Miss on Saturday night was the fourth TD reception of his career and the first in 17 games going back to the fourth game of his junior season. However, the 45-yarder is only the third longest touchdown of Carr's career.

He pulled in a 48-yard touchdown strike from Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton last year and a 46-yarder in Auburn's Outback Bowl win over Northwestern two years ago from Chris Todd.

"I didn't have an idea about how long those others were, and I sure didn't know it had been 17 games since I had a touchdown catch," Carr said.

The scoring strike from Moseley was a beauty as the 6-1, 185-pound Carr slipped behind the Ole Miss secondary and pulled in the perfect pass in stride and raced the final five yards into the end zone. Excellent protection by the offensive line gave Moseley plenty of time to allow Carr to break free.

"It was an excellent call by Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Clint made a beautiful throw," Carr explained. "I just made a play on the ball for the touchdown. Clint has been a starter for two weeks and is taking control of the offense. We all needed to make plays because he was doing and outstanding job." >{? The win over Ole Miss was big because of what happened the previous week when the Tigers were demolished at top-ranked LSU.

"It was good to get back home and get the taste from last week out of our mouths," Carr said. "It was fun tonight and we had a chance to make plays. It felt great and should give us momentum for the rest of the season."

In other news and notes:

*Philip Lutzenkirchen's 13-yard touchdown reception from Moseley in the first quarter was the 11th of the junior's career, an Auburn's record for tight ends. It was also the first touchdown pass of Moseley's career in his second start.

*Lutzenkirchen and Mosley teamed up again on a four-yard, fourth quarter touchdown for the junior tight end's 12 career TD reception. Moseley added touchdown passes to Carr and Emory Blake. His four passing touchdowns are the most by an Auburn quarterback since Newton had four touchdown passes in the SEC Championship Game against South Carolina last year.

*The 17 points by Auburn in the first half against Ole Miss was the first time since the Tigers played Clemson in the third game of the season that they have scored 17 or more points before intermission. They had 21 in the opening half of their 38-24 loss to Clemson. The Tigers' 41-23 final over the Rebels equals the 41 AU scored against Mississippi State in the second game of the season and one shy of the 42 points put up in the season-opening win over Utah State.

*True freshman Gabe Wright, 6-3, 316 out of Columbus, Ga., made the first start of his Auburn career at defensive tackle ahead of previous starter Kenneth Carter, a 6-4, 290, sophomore who was less than full speed, according to head coach Gene Chizik. Carter did play in a reserve role.

*Devaunte Sigler, another true freshman, has been listed behind Carter on the depth chart, but Wright jumped ahead of Carter and Sigler for the start. Sigler, who has been splitting time between tackle and end, played at end vs. Ole Miss.

Entering the Ole Miss game, Wright had only three tackles, compared to 16 for Carter and nine for Sigler. Wright finished with one tackle against the Rebels.

*Captains for Auburn were Philip Lutzenkirchen, Onterio McCalebb, Daren Bates and Nosa Eguae.

*Auburn leads the series with Ole Miss 27-9, which includes a 13-2 advantage at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers have won nine of the last 11 meetings with the Rebels.

*Since 2000 Auburn is 25-4 at Jordan-Hare in night games (starting at 6 p.m. or later).

*The Tigers are 21-2 when leading at halftime under Coach Gene Chizik and has won 15 straight when leading at the half.


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