Part 2, AU 24, MSU 20: News, Notes & Quotes

More news, notes and quotes from Auburn's victory over Mississippi State are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--While it may have been lost in the excitement of Auburn's last-second comeback 24-20 victory over Mississippi State, Cody Parkey's accurate right leg played a big role in the win.

The senior placekicker drilled three field goals covering 40, 19 and 47 yards to account for nine of Auburn's points. He also added an extra point after the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to C.J. Uzomah with 10 seconds to play.

"I was ready for the kick at the end if it came down to it," Parkey said. "It's my job to hit the kicks, no matter when they come. You never know when we will have to settle for a field goal and that it might give us a winning edge.

"I'm glad I only had to kick an extra point because that meant a win and not going to overtime," Parkey added. "I had confidence that I could have made the kick if it came down to it."

Parkey's three field goals give him 31 made for his career, ranking him ninth all-time at Auburn. His 47-yarder in the third quarter tied his career long. Parkey has made seven consecutive field goals this season after missing a 50-yarder on his first attempt of the season. He has made 16 straight field goals from 45 yards and in, dating back through the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

In other news and notes:

*Auburn scored the game-winning touchdown with just 10 seconds left. The last time Auburn scored a game-winning touchdown in the final 30 seconds of regulation in a game was against Utah State in 2011 (Michael Dyer one-yard touchdown run).

*Auburn opponents have not scored in a fourth quarter this season. Mississippi State's third-quarter touchdown is the only second-half touchdown Auburn has allowed this season.

*Nick Marshall finished the game 23-for-34 for 339 yards through the air. He is the first Auburn quarterback to pass for 300 yards in a game since Cam Newton threw for 335 yards against South Carolina in the 2010 SEC Championship game.

He is also the first Auburn QB to throw for more than 200 yards since Barrett Trotter vs. Utah State in 2011, and the first to throw for 200-plus yards vs. an SEC opponent since Newton did it against South Carolina in the 2010 SEC championship game

*Marshall connected with nine different receivers in the game, including himself. Marshall caught a deflected pass of his own and gained 37 yards on the play.

*Marcus Davis finished the game with an Auburn-high six catches, which is a career high. Coming into the game he had just two catches, bringing his season total to eight.

*Before Marshall, the last Auburn player to record a pass, rush and reception in the same game was Kiehl Frazier vs. ULM last season

*C.J. Uzomah's 11-yard touchdown catch with 10 seconds left was his second career touchdown pass. His other touchdown catch against Texas A&M in 2012.

*Auburn allowed its first sack of the season when Marshall was pulled down for a loss of seven yards on the first offensive series of the game for the Tigers. Marshall was also intercepted for the first time on the final play of the first half when Mississippi State's Nickoe Whitley picked off a Hail Mary pass and returned 29 yards to the Mississippi State 40. Whitley added a second interception in the second half on a tipped pass.

*There were only two penalties in the first half, one for five yards against the Tigers and one for 10 yards against the Bulldogs. Auburn was not penalized again while Mississippi State finished with five penalties for 33 yards.

*The two-point conversion on a pass from Ryan White to Brandon Fulse was Auburn's second two-point conversion of the season. The first was a rush by Ryan White vs. Washington State.

*True freshman wide receivers Tony Stevens and Marcus Davis were working as backup punt returners to Bray, last year's return man who handled punt returns against Mississippi State with Chris Davis sidelined. Davis had both of Auburn's punt returns this year for 21 yards entering the Mississippi State contest. Davis, even though he was not dressed out due to his ankle injury, joined Reese Dismukes as Auburn's captain for the third straight game.

*Auburn assistant coaches J.B. Grimes, Charlie Harbrison, Ellis Johnson and Melvin Smith previously coached at Mississippi State for a total of 25 seasons. Grimes was the offensive line coach for the Bulldogs from 2004-08, Harbison secondary coach from 2007-08 and Johnson defensive coordinator from 2004-07. Smith had two stints when he coached defensive backs and receivers from 1995-2001 and cornerbacks from 2006-12. Habrison was MSU's defensive coordinator in 2008.

*The Tigers improved to 46-29-5 in SEC openers with the 24-20 win over Mississippi State. Auburn has won 19 of its last 21 opening SEC contests.

*Auburn holds a 61-24-2 advantage over the Bulldogs in the series between the two SEC foes with 28 of those wins coming in Auburn against only six losses in game played at Auburn. The Tigers improved to 159-51-5 in games played during the month of September, including a mark of 96-19-1 at home and 62-32-4 on the road during the month.


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