Auburn Vs. Vandy: News, Notes & Quotes

News and notes from Auburn's 17-13 SEC football loss at Vandy are featured in this report.

Nashville, Tenn.--Sophomore running back Tre Mason tried to do his part to get his Auburn football team a win on Saturday, but his 85 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries wasn't enough as the Tigers fell 17-13 to Vanderbilt.

Included in that total was a 34-yard run by Mason, his longest yet as a collegian.

Asked what the Tigers need to do to get over the hump and put one in the victory column in SEC play after dropping to 0-5 in SEC games, Mason said, "It is just a team game. Everybody has to come together and make those certain plays that we failed to make.

"We are going to find a way to make those plays and come together as a team and this team will get a ‘W,'" he said.

Mason said what success he had on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium was due to the guys up front. "I give all of my credit to the OL, (fullback) Jay Prosch and our receivers. All those guys in front of me, as long as they are doing their assignments, we will have a healthy running game."

One of the mysteries of the season regarding the offense has been why the sophomore isn't getting more chances to run the football. He came in the game averaging better than five yards per carry and on Saturday averaged 5.3 yards per rush.

"Of course, I want more carries and I want to demand the ball in the fourth (quarter)," Mason said. "If everything is not going well, I try put the team on my back and be the one to make that play to try to get into the end zone."

In other news and notes:

*In his first college start freshman linebacker Cassanova had his first forced fumble and as well as his first fumble recovery. McKinzy also led the Tigers in tackles with seven solos and five assists. Jake Holland, the former starter, played for McKinzy in obvious passing situations.

"We made a conscientious decision that it was time to let him go," Coach Gene Chizik said. "He really worked hard this week, I thought, in trying to prepare for the game. I can't really tell you how well he did until I see the game film and where he was supposed to fit and where he was supposed to be in the defense, but you know he's an active player and showed up in terms of tackles and things of that nature. In terms of his first game I'm very proud of him."

*Vandy was led in tackles by linebacker Chase Garnham, a player from Fairhope High not recruited by the Tigers. He had nine solo tackles with three sacks.

*Another player not recruited by Auburn from the state of Alabama, Zac Stacy, rushed the football 27 times for 169 yards and one touchdown.

The former Bibb County High star broke the Vanderbilt school rushing record on a 27-yard gainer late in the fourth quarter. He has 2,670 yards on 500 carries, breaking the previous mark of 2,632 set by Frank Mordica.

*Daren Bates, Steven Clark, Jay Prosch and Nosa Eguae served as game captains.

*Angelo Blackson had his third fumble recovery of the season while Corey Lemonier had his first.

*Jonathan Wallace's first college pass was a quick sideline route to fellow freshman Ricardo Louis for 11 yards.

*Vanderbilt's opening touchdown drive was its longest of the season in terms of plays and time (16 plays, 8:25).

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