AU vs. Texas A&M: News, Notes, Quotes, Part 2

Comments from C.J. Uzomah and game notes are featured as AU was embarrassed by Texas A&M.

Auburn, Ala.--Former high school quarterback C.J. Uzomah delivered a touchdown pass to injured tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen on a trick play last year as a freshman. Saturday against Texas A&M, Uzomah started for Lutzenkirchen and caught the first touchdown pass of his career.

The touchdown came on a 27-yard catch and run to the end zone by Uzomah who finished the night with three catches for 90 yards.

Moments after Auburn's humiliating 63-21 loss to the Aggies, Uzomah had his spirits lifted somewhat by a text from Lutzenkirchen congratulating him on his touchdown and two other catches. Lutzenkirchen, Auburn's all time leader in touchdowns received by a tight end with 14, had surgery on his injured hip on Wednesday week and was not at the game.

"The text was special coming from Lutz," Uzomah said. "He is a great leader for us. I'm just trying to step in and do the best I can. The touchdown catch was fun, but I still had a lot of mistakes during the game. The catch was a positive, but I also have things to work on."

Uzomah's touchdown catch was a short grab on which he weaved his way to the end zone.

"Sammie Coates (wide receiver) had a block on the cornerback that enabled me to score," Uzomah points out.

Uzomah had a 38-yard catch from Kiehl Frazier on Auburn's first touchdown drive in the second quarter. He was wide open the on play and found some holes in the Aggie secondary.

"I was surprised how open we got at times," he admits. "We had some opportunities to convert on the plays. We just have to convert and keep fighting."

In other news and notes:

*Texas A&M scored on its first four possessions while Auburn was three-and-out its first three times on offense. At that point, the Aggies had accumulated 249 yards total offense to minus 10 for Auburn. A&M had 15 first downs to none for the Tigers at that juncture.

*Auburn's initial first down came with the Tigers trailing 28-0 and 13:29 left in the second quarter when Kiehl Frazier found Uzomah on a 38-yard completion. That play sparked the offense the Tigers drove 82 yards in nine plays, capped by Tre Mason's one-yard touchdown run with 9:10 remaining in the second period to make the score 28-7.

*The Aggies went on to score touchdowns on their first six possession before being were held out of the end zone only by the end of the first half when Taylor Bertolet was wide left on a 48-yard field goal attempt as the clock expired.

*At the half Texas A&M had piled up 464 yard total offense to only 91 yards for the Tigers. The Aggies had 22 first downs to five for Auburn. Freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel accounted for 300 of those yards with 70 yards rushing on eight carries with a pair of touchdowns. He passed for 230 yards on 15-of-21 passes and two touchdowns.

*The Aggies went on to finish with 670 yards total, the most ever against an Auburn defense. The previous record was 625 yards allowed against Florida in a 51-10 loss in 1996. Texas A&M picked up 33 first downs.

*The 42 first-half points by Texas A&M are the most ever scored in a half against Auburn. The 63 points are the most scored against the Tigers in the modern era. The record is 68 points by Georgia Tech in 1917. The most given up in the modern era was in a 56-49 four-overtime loss to Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1996.


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