LSU 12, AU 10: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 1

Comments from Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake and news and notes from the Auburn-LSU game are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Emory Blake has been through highs and lows in his Auburn career, ranging from a BCS National Championship in 2010 to a 1-3 start during this his senior season.

Saturday's 12-10 setback to LSU, which went into the game ranked second in the nation, was Auburn's best effort of the year in Blake's estimation.

"But it still wasn't good enough," Blake said. "I don't think LSU respected us from the get-go. I guess when a number two team is playing an unranked team, most teams are going to think that way. It's a tough loss, but all we can do is grow from it and get ready for Arkansas in two weeks."

Auburn's offense showed some improvement from early season losses to ranked Clemson and Mississippi State considering the Tigers were going against the one of the nation's stoutest defenses that limited Auburn to 183 total yards.

Blake led Auburn receivers with 56 yards on four catches, including a brilliant 22-yard grab when he stretched high to grab a pass from Kiehl Frazier.

Blake now has 1,455 career receiving yards to move past Ronney Daniels (1,446) for 11th all-time on Auburn's career list.

One of the team's leaders, Blake said he knows what it's going to take for Auburn to get back into the win column. "We just have to make the plays that we need that will make the difference between winning losing," he said.

In other news and notes:

Patrick Miller (51) is shown in action vs. LSU.

*True freshman Patrick Miller started at right tackle for Auburn in place of fellow true freshman Avery Young while sophomore Jonathon Mincy started at cornerback ahead of junior Chris Davis. Young and Davis had each started Auburn's first three games. Young played on special teams and Davis played in a reserve role.

*Serving as captains for Auburn were seniors Onterio McCalebb, T'Sharvan Bell, Philip Lutzenkirchen and Daren Bates. LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half with Auburn receiving and the Bayou Bengals kicking off to start the game.

*The recovery of an LSU fumble on the Auburn two in the first quarter by junior tackle Jeffrey Whitaker was the second fumble recovery of his career.

*Junior defensive end Corey Lemonier's forced fumble at the end of the first quarter was the seventh forced fumble of his career. He had five last season. Sophomore tackle Angelo Blackson's fumble recovery was the first of his career.

*The first-quarter safety was the first against Auburn since 2008 vs. Mississippi State, a game the Tigers won 3-2.

*The Tigers lost for just the third time under Gene Chizik when leading at halftime. Auburn is now 23-3 all-time under Chizik when leading at the half. It was also Auburn's first loss under Chizik when allowing fewer than 20 points (10-1).

*Auburn dropped to 54-23-2 in home SEC openers with Saturday's loss to LSU. Auburn head coach Gene Chizik dropped his first home opener Saturday. Chizik had posted home SEC opening game wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State twice before Saturday. The Bayou Bengals now lead the series with Auburn 26-20-1.

*With LSU's win Saturday, the home team has now won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the SEC West rivals.

*At 1-3, Auburn has lost three games in September for the first time since the Tigers began playing football in 1892. The Tigers have won 32 of their last 40 September contests, *Five Auburn Tigers are on the Senior Bowl Watch List as possible participants in the prestigious all-star game played in Mobile. On the list are: defensive back T'Sharvan Bell, wide receiver Emory Blake, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, running back Onterio McCalebb and offensive lineman John Sullen.


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