AU 34, Bama 28: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 2

Notes and quotes are featured from Auburn's iron Bowl victory over Bama.

Auburn, Ala.--C.J. Uzomah has a knack for finding the end zone. Of his nine pass receptions this season, the 6-4, 258-pound junior from Suwanee, Ga., has three touchdowns, including a game-winner against Mississippi State with 10 seconds to play.

Uzomah's third touchdown catch came Saturday against Alabama to tie the score at 21-21 before the Tigers roared back on the final play of the game on a 108-yard return by Chris Davis of a missed field goal for a 34-28 victory over the two-time defending national champion.

After Uzomah's slipped into the end zone near the right pylon, he pulled in a perfect pass from Nick Marshall that went between two defenders. Uzomah made the catch despite an Alabama defender being whistled for interference on the play.

"It was the exact same route that we ran to win the game against Mississippi State," he said. "The only difference is that Nick didn't pump fake, he just made a great throw."

The Crimson Tide went back up 28-21 before the Tigers tied the game at 28-28 with only 32 seconds remaining to lead up to the final-play fireworks.

"We believe if the game is close and it comes down to the fourth quarter, then we're going to win," he said. "We thought we would win, but not that emphatically. I'm unbelievably excited about going back home to the Georgia Dome (for the SEC title game)."

Uzomah believes what's going on with the Tigers is a "God thing."

"Everybody's going to church tomorrow and I'm driving if necessary," he said while flashing a big smile. "Maybe we'll take the ‘Gus Bus' and Coach Malzahn will drive."

In other news and notes:

*Auburn is 4-8 all-time when facing the nation's top ranked team. Auburn is 2-2 against No. 1 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn's last win over No. 1 was a 23-20 win over Florida in 2001.

*Auburn is 4-3-1 in games involving two AP top-five team and 2-1-1 at home.

*Auburn is 35-42-1 all-time against Alabama and 8-4 when the game is played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn is 13-12 against Alabama since 1989.

*Auburn 304-4 when scoring 30 points or more and has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games for the first time since 1994 (eight straight).

*Auburn is 5-0 in games decided by seven points or less and 6-0 in games decided by eight points or less, with six come-from-behind wins.

*Auburn's win marked the third time this year Auburn has scored in the last 30 seconds of a game to claim the win when trailing or tied (Mississippi State 10 seconds; Georgia 25 seconds).

*The win was Auburn's first as time expired in regulation since the 2010 season when Wes Byrum kicked the game winner in the BCS Championship Game vs. Oregon.

*This was the first Iron Bowl with the score tied after three quarters since 24-24 in 1995. Auburn won that game 31-27.

*This is the first time an opponent has rushed for more than 200 yards against Alabama since Georgia Southern in 2011.

*Auburn's 296 yards rushing are the third-most it has ever compiled against Alabama and the most since 1983 when it rushed for 355 yards.

*The Tigers have had a 100-yard rusher in 10 of 12 games this season.

*This is just the 14th time since 2005, and just the fifth time since 2008, that an opposing rusher has gained 100-plus yards on the Alabama defense.

*Chris Davis's 100-yard field goal attempt return started at the back of the end zone and goes down as 100 miscellaneous yards.

*Ryan Smith's partial block of the first-quarter Alabama punt was the first block of his career, and the first punt block for Auburn since the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl

*Robenson Therezie's fourth-quarter field goal block was the first of his career.

*Sammie Coates' 39-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter was his sixth of the season and 8th of his career.

*Chris Davis and Ryan Smith both finished with 10 tackles. Davis had six solo tackles and Smith had seven solo tackles. Jermaine Whitehead finished with nine tackles, six solo and two pass breakups.


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