Auburn-Clemson Game Notes, Part 1

Comments from Tunde Fariyike plus news and notes from Auburn's football opener are featured.

Atlanta, Ga.--Center Tunde Fariyike's debut as the starting center for the Auburn football team did not end with a win Saturday night against Clemson, but the redshirt sophomore said he hopes he performed well.

"As the game went on I just felt like it was football again," he said. "That's all it was. Everybody gets butterflies with the first game, but after that first hit you're right back in to football."

With high spirits after quarterback Kiehl Frazier's pass connected to receiver Emory Blake for a 54-yard touchdown late in the first quarterback, Fariyike said he sprinted down the field to celebrated. He added Coach Gene Chizik pulled him to the side when he got back to the sideline.

"In a nutshell, (he said) you've got your highs and you've got your lows," Fariyike recalled. "Just try to keep yourself right in here. Don't waste your energy on all your highs and then when it comes down to crutch time you don't have any energy. I kind of sprinted down there after the touchdown."

Saying the offensive line clicked well to help the Tigers' rush game, the center said the line will need to improve on its communication before it opens conference play next weekend at Mississippi State.

Tre Mason led Auburn in rushing with 106 yards on 14 carries.

In other news and notes from Auburn's 26-19 loss:

*Saturday's attendance of 75,211 marked a new record for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic.

*With Auburn's setback Saturday night, the Tigers have a 5-4 record in the Georgia Dome. After the 49th meeting of the two Tigers, Auburn leads the series 34-13-2.

*Saturday night was the first time the Auburn football team opened the season away from home since its trip to play Southern Cal in 2002.

*Senior wide receiver Emory Blake's 54-yard reception from quarterback Kiehl Frazier with 3:38 left in the first quarter gave Auburn the lead at 7-3. The pass was Frazier's longest and first passing touchdown of his career.

*Clemson running back Andre Ellington had the longest play from scrimmage, a 68-yard run that featured a Michael Dyer-esque move, bouncing off an Auburn tackler before running out of bounds at the 14 yard line.

Sophomore tailback Tre Mason's 30-yard rush attempt in the second quarter was the longest of his career.

*Corey Lemonier recorded two sacks Saturday night as did Auburn's other starting defensive end, Dee Ford, who made his return to action after being injured last year.

*One play was reviewed. Ruled on the field a recovered fumble by the ACC officiating crew by Gabe Wright after Chris Davis knocked the ball ajar from Clemson QB Tahj Boyd, the call was overturned.


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