AU 45, FAU 10: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 1

Comments from Dee Ford and other news and notes are featured from Auburn's victory.

Auburn, Ala.--While Auburn is 7-1, senior defensive end Dee Ford says his Tigers will be "remembered for what we do in November."

He was talking about the team goals of winning every remaining game, which would result in SEC Western Division title and the SEC championship. Saturday's 45-10 dismantling of Florida Atlantic is another step forward in a bounce-back season for the Tigers.

"It went pretty good tonight," Ford said. "We wanted to come in and focus on the little things. Our goal all year has been to get better. "We didn't want to sleep on this team. We wanted to keep playing like we've been playing."

The defensive end said there was no difference in how the Tigers looked at FAU from the previous week when they went on the road and knocked off nationally-ranked Texas A&M.

"We were at the exact same level and doing the exact same things that got us here, the same we are going to do the next week and as the season goes along," Ford commented.

The senior forced a fumble made a sack against the Owls to remain one of the top sack leaders in the SEC. "One thing we talked about as a defense is needing turnovers," Ford said. "I came in with the mindset I was going to get the ball out, separate it from the ball carrier and that's what I was able to do.

"We are very confident going into the stretch of four SEC games. We know the things we have to do. Confidence is built during the week and we have built our confidence this season. I think we are going to take our game plan and practice very seriously because we know that's what got us here."

In other news and notes:

*Lineup changes for Auburn for the FAU contest had Jake Holland returning to start at linebacker ahead of Kris Frost. Ricardo Louis started at wide receiver ahead of Quan Bray.

*Suspended sophomore Patrick Miller did not dress out for a third straight game and Avery Young started at right tackle again in Miller's spot.

Patrick Miller

*Chris Davis' 70-yard punt return in the opening quarter was the longest return for Auburn since Robert Baker took one back 79 yards against South Carolina in 1996.

*When Auburn drove 78 yards on six plays on its first possession, capped by an eight-yard touchdown run by Tre Mason, it was the sixth time in eight games the Tigers have scored on their first possession this season. Mason's first-quarter touchdown was his ninth rushing TD of the season and 10th overall. For his career, Mason has 18 career rushing and 20 total career touchdowns – two coming on kickoff returns.

* Mason now has 1,916 career rushing yards to move to 17th place on Auburn's all-time list, passing Phil Gargis (1,884 from 1973-76) and Fob James (1,913 from 1952-55).

*The Tigers have 24 rushing touchdowns this season. The last time Auburn had at least that many in a season was 2010 (41).

*The Auburn defense held Florida Atlantic to 247 yards of total offense, marking the second time this season Auburn has held an opponent under 250 yards (173 by Western Carolina).

*FAU's first-quarter fumble was caused by Ford (the second of his career) and recovered by Jermaine Whitehead (second of his career), who returned for 11 yards. It was Auburn's first fumble recovery return of the season.

*Corey Grant's first-quarter touchdown was his fourth of the season and career.

*The 1983 Auburn team was honored prior to the Florida Atlantic game. That was Pat Dye's third Auburn team, which went on to finish third in the nation after defeating Michigan in the Sugar Bowl and being jumped by Miami for the national title with Nebraska No. 2. Auburn was ranked third going into the bowls with Miami ranked fifth. The Tigers went 6-0 to win their first SEC title since the national championship year in 1957. They were 11-1 overall behind sophomore All-American running back Bo Jackson. The remarkable season started tragically with the death of fullback Greg Pratt following a running drill in pre-season practice.

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