BCS Title Game: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 2

Comments from Auburn's coordinators plus notes on the BCS Championship Game are featured.

Pasadena, Calif.--Auburn's coordinators said despite the disappointing loss their immediate impressions following the national championship game were that the Tigers did a lot of things well.

"Looking at the stat sheet, other than the final score I don't know what more we could have asked for," Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee said after this team's 34-31 loss to Florida State.

"It was a great game and only one can win," Lashlee said. "Unfortunately, only one team can win."

Lashlee said that he is left by an "empty feeling" after seeing his team come up short in a game they led much of the night at the Rose Bowl Stadium. "I know this. I am really proud of our kids and I am really proud of our team."

Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said that for the most part he thought his players did a good job of carrying out the game plan. "Assignment-wise we played very consistent," he said.

"The players knew it was going to be a challenge," he said. "We got some great pass rush at times, we had some good coverage at times. We mixed man and zone. Overall, I had a very positive feeling about the plays of the guys.

"You want to make to make three or four more plays to give you a chance to take it home, but you certainly can't help but be anything but proud of them," Johnson added.

In other news and notes:

*Tre Mason came up five yards short of Texas quarterback Vince Young's 200 yards rushing, which is the BCS Championship Game for rushing yardage.

*Mason jumped from eighth to seventh on Auburn's career rushing attempts chart (516). He passed Stephen Davis (1993-95) with 488 and trails Stacy Danley (1987-90) with 526.

*Mason jumped from eighth to sixth on Auburn's career rushing yardage chart with 2,979. He passed Brent Fullwood (1983-86) with 2789 and Stephen Davis (1993-95) with 2811. In fact, Mason has the most yards of any Auburn back in history through his junior season.

*Mason is currently fourth on Auburn's career chart with 32 rushing touchdowns, trailing Joe Cribbs with 34 for third.

*Mason finished the season with the Auburn single-season record for all-purpose yards (2,374).

*Sammie Coates finished seventh in touchdown receptions in a single-season with seven, one behind Emory Blake (2010), two behind Ronney Daniels (1999) and Byron Franklin (1980) and three behind Darvin Adams (2009) for third.

*Mason rushed for more than 100 yards for the sixth consecutive time and ninth time on the season (12th of his career.) The six consecutive 100-yard games is a new Auburn record.

*Mason extended his individual Auburn single-season rushing touchdown record with 23 on the season to tie former Auburn Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow for the SEC season record.

*Mason finished the season with the Auburn single-season scoring record of 144 points.

*Cody Parkey finished second on Auburn's single-season list for most points kicking with 111. Wes Byrum is the all-time leader with 123 points in 2010.

*Parkey also finished second on the school's single-season chart with in PATs made and attempted (66-of-67). Wes Byrum holds both records going 72-of-73 in 2010.

*Nick Marshall finished the season ranked third on Auburn's single-season list for total offense (3,044). He passed Pat Sullivan with 2856 yards in 1970 and trails Cam Newton with 4,327 yards in 2010 and Dameyune Craig with 3,277 yards in 1997.

*Marshall and Mason both entered the game with 23 touchdowns responsible for in a tie for fourth on Auburn's single-season chart. Marshall is now tied with Pat Sullivan with 26 and Mason is tied with Damian Craig for 3rd with 24. (Cam Newton was responsible for 51 in 2010.)

Alex Kozan is the first freshman offensive lineman to start the BCS National Championship game since Alabama's Barrett Jones in 2009.

*With four punts inside the 10 against FSU, Auburn punter Steve Clark had 15 punts inside the 10 this season, now alone for second in the FBS this season. The most punts inside the 10 in a game this season is five by Texas State punter (Will Johnson)

*With 232 rushing yards Auburn finishes the season with the most yards rushing per game in the nation with 4,596. In fact, Auburn is the first SEC team to ever lead the NCAA in rushing.

•Auburn has rushed for 1,396 yards in four-straight games vs. ranked opponents. The Tigers rushed for 232 yards vs. No. 1 Florida State, 545 yards vs. No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, 296 yards vs. No. 1 Alabama and 323 yards vs. No. 24 Georgia.

•Auburn has scored 30 points for the 10th consecutive game for the longest streak in school history. The previous best was in 1994, when the Tigers scored 30 points or more in eight straight games.

•Auburn added to three of its school single-season rushing records with rushing 729 attempts, 4,596 rushing yards, and 48 rushing touchdowns.

•With 53 rushing attempts, Auburn set the all-time SEC record with 729. Auburn's 4,596 yards rushing also extends its SEC record for rushing yards in a season, (Alabama previous held the record with 4,027 set 1973.) Auburn is fourth in SEC history in rushing yards per game.

*Auburn set a school record by scoring 30 or more points in 11 games in 2013, breaking the old mark of nine 30-point games in a season, which was shared by the 1970, 1995, 2004 and 2010 teams.

*Auburn's 553 points this season are the 5th most in SEC history.

*Auburn has 334 first downs, which is second in school history (344 in 2010), the 3rd most in SEC history. *Auburn set a new SEC record with 229 rushing first downs this season, passing the old mark of 213 set by Alabama in 1979.

*The Tigers set a school record with the fifth consecutive season in which Auburn has had a 1,000-yard rusher. The previous best was four from 2002-2005.

*Auburn's 1,000-yard rushers during the current streak include Ben Tate (1,362 yards in 2009); Cam Newton (1,473 yards in 2010); Michael Dyer (1,093 yards in 2010 and 1,242 yards in 2011); Tre Mason (1,002 yards in 2012 and 1,816 yards in 2013); and Nick Marshall (1,068 yards in 2013).

*Auburn finished the season with 20 passing touchdowns on the season, which is fourth most in school history.

*Auburn set a new school record for offensive plays run in a season, passing the old mark of 948 plays in 2010.

*With 449 yards of total offense the Tigers set a new school record for the most yards of total offense (7,267) in a season, passing the old mark of 6,989 yards in 2010.


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