AU 31, ULM 28, Notes & Quotes: Part 1

Comments from Cody Parkey plus news and notes are featured from Auburn's victory.

Auburn, Ala.--Cody Parkey is known for a strong leg that enables him to drive kickoffs into the end zone. Add accuracy to his kicking strengths.

The junior placekicker put a 35-yard field goal down the middle to give Auburn a 31-28 victory over the University of Louisiana-Monroe and give the Tigers their first win in three games Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"Kickers dream of being able to win the game for your team," Parkey commented moments after his game-winner. "I was happy to do it for my team today."

Parkey is perfect on the season with six field goals in as many attempts to go with all six of his extra point efforts. His career accuracy on field goals of 19-of-24 is third best in school history.

Tiger head coach Gene Chizik had no qualms about calling on Parkey for a third-down effort after the Tigers' made a quick first down. The winning opportunity came after ULM's field goal attempt on the Warhawks' possession was no good when tipped by tackle Angelo Blackson. Chizik says Parkey has been near perfect in practice and games.

"When they missed their kick, it was reassuring that had an opportunity to win," Parkey said. "We got a great run on first down and then we got the ball in the middle. They know where I like the ball. I was just happy to execute."

"I didn't think about it too much," he said. "I know a lot of kickers do. It's like any other kick because my team needs me to make every kick. That's my goal. I didn't feel any different than in practice. I hit it well and it went down the middle."

How big was the field goal?

"We couldn't afford to be 0-3," the junior said. "Auburn is too good to be 0-3. There's too much tradition and too many good players," he points out. "We're 1-2 and that's not where we want to be, but we can keep building from there."

In other news and notes from Auburn's 31-28 overtime victory over ULM:

*Starting offensive guard Chad Slade switched numbers for ULM. He wore number 68 after lining up in 62 his redshirt freshman year and first two games this season. He did it to honor the late Ed Christian, his former teammate and friend.

*Sophomore safety Trent Fisher, who was placed on scholarship prior to the season, opened at free safety in place of Demetruce McNeal, who had 18 tackles in last week's 28-10 loss at Mississippi State. The son of St. Louis Rams of the NFL head coach Jeff Fisher, Trent started for the first time in his Auburn career and played only briefly. McNeal finished with 11 tackles while Fisher had two stops.

*Erique Florence, who was expected to compete for the starting free safety spot, but has been battling injuries. He was not dressed out against ULM. Chizik said Florence's status is uncertain at this point because of a personal problem.

*Auburn is 9-0 against the ULM, going back to the first meeting between the two schools in 1994. When ULM scored Saturday on its first series it was the first time the Warhawks got on the board with a touchdown in their last four meetings with the Tigers. The Warhawks lost 52-3 during Auburn's 2010 National Championship season after being shut out in 2004 and 2008.

*Saturday's game opened the 73rd season for AU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers are 95-15-3 in home openers. The opener with ULM on Sept. 15 is the latest home opener for Auburn since the 1984 season.

*Auburn registered several season highs against ULM, including 418 yards total offense and 255 yards rushing.

*Tre Mason's one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the second rushing touchdown of the sophomore's college career.

*Auburn captains Saturday were Daren Bates, John Sullen, T'Sharvan Bell and Emory Blake.

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