AU 51, A&M 7: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 1

Comments from senior Emory Blake plus news from Auburn's Senior Day victory over Alabama A&M are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Emory Blake wasn't overly concerned, but after failing to have a pass reception in the first half of Auburn's 51-7 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday the thought crossed his mind that he didn't want to play the final home game of his excellent career without a catch.

"I got a couple in the second half and that was good," Blake said of his two catches for 20 yards in the third quarter before spending most of the fourth period enjoying the day from the sideline.

Blake ranks in the Top 10 for most career receiving categories in Auburn history, including catches, yards and touchdowns. He is having his best season for catches with 47 and yards with 733. Blake's career came to a close at home Saturday with only a road game remaining at Alabama to close out a disappointing 3-8 season to this point.

"Time flies," he said. "It seems like yesterday that I was a freshman trying to figure out what everything was all about.

"It's been an amazing experience here for me and I hope I did the Auburn coaches and fans proud," he said.

Blake says the highlight of his Auburn career is obvious--a 14-0 National Championship season when he was a sophomore two years ago. He caught a touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton in the 22-19 national title win over Oregon.

His touchdown catch at Alabama in 2010 got the Tigers jump-started in their 28-27 comeback win over the Crimson Tide that kept their title hopes alive.

"We know we have a tremendous challenge ahead of us going to Alabama," he said of the 2012 season finale. "We just need to click on all cylinders like did today (against Alabama A&M) and see what happens."

In other news and notes:

*In scoring on all of five of its five first-half possessions, Auburn piled up 375 yards total offense at the half. The Tigers scored touchdowns on all four of their red zone opportunities and were 4-4 on third-down conversions. Auburn finished with 512 yards total offense, the most since gaining 519 yards against Oregon in the 2010 National Championship Game.

*The 44-point margin of victory was the largest by the Tigers since they defeated Louisiana-Monroe by 49 in a 52-3 win during the 2010 season. The 51 points scored by Auburn on Saturday represents the most by the Tigers since scoring 56 in the SEC Championship Game against South Carolina in 2010.

*Jonathan Wallace connected on seven of 12 first-half pass attempts for 120 yards and a touchdown on his way to 10 completions in 18 attempts for 171 yards. Former starter Kiehl Frazier played most of the fourth quarter, but did not attempt a pass.

*Jay Prosch appeared stopped near the line of scrimmage on his second-quarter touchdown run, but plowed his way three yards to the end zone with more than half the Alabama A&M defense in tow.

*Playing his final game in Jordan-Hare Stadium, Onterio McCalebb went over 100 yards rushing for the sixth time in his career with 104 on 15 carries. McCalebb had touchdown runs of 19 and 14 yards and caught two passes for 38 yards. He has 24 rushing touchdowns in his career for ninth best in school history. His 29 total touchdowns is eighth in Auburn history.

*Senior DeAngelo Benton's 51-yard reception against the Bulldogs is the longest of his career and only his second catch of the season.

*Auburn's last safety before Saturday was against Virginia in 2011.

*Trent Fisher's fourth-quarter 60-yard interception and return for a touchdown was only the second interception by the Tigers this season and the first by a defensive back. The other interception this year came by linebacker Daren Bates on a deflection in the season-opener against Clemson.

Fisher's return for a TD was the first return for six points on an interception since Jermaine Whitehead carried a pick back 25 yards against Florida Atlantic in 2011.

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