One of the key seniors on the team, running back Corey Grant, said the Tigers need to improve.
“I think we did pretty good,” he said. “There are always areas to improve, but overall I think we did okay. We have got to pick it up since we are ready to start SEC play.”
The Tigers, who are 1-0 in the league, will take on LSU next Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Against Louisiana Tech the Tigers finished with 473 total yards, but only gained 84 in the first quarter. Auburn’s only points in the period were set up by the defense that gave the offense first and goal at the five after an interception return by Montravius Adams.
“We started off real slow on offense and we didn’t have that edge we wanted to start with so I believe there are plenty of points we left out there,” Grant said.
The last SEC team to defeat the Tigers was LSU last season in the rain at Baton Rouge. Grant remembers that night. “We started off slow and came back in the second half and kind of made some adjustments and kind of got back on track, but it was a little too late,” he said.
After the setback Auburn’s players left the stadium saying they let a golden opportunity to win at LSU get away. “I believe last year that game really turned our heads and made us realize what we were capable of,” Grant said. “That game really helped us out.”
LSU will come to Auburn with a 4-1 record, but an 0-1 SEC mark. “With it being LSU and an SEC game, everybody is going to be focused and ready to play,” Grant predicted.
In other news and notes:
*Saturday was the fifth-consecutive sellout of Jordan-Hare and the 33rd sellout since its 2004 expansion to 87,451 seats. Five straight sellouts ties the Auburn record since the stadium was expanded. The Tigers also had five back-to-back sellouts in 2007-08.
*Auburn has 35 players with at least one career start on its 2014 roster. Topping the list are Reese Dismukes with 41 and Chad Slade with 39. Making their first starts for Auburn this year are defensive lineman Montravius Adams, safety Johnathan Ford, offensive tackle Shon Coleman, wide receiver Duke Williams and defensive end Davonte Lambert.
*The Tigers have won 12 straight games at home dating back to the final game of the 2009 season.
*Auburn is now 308-5 when scoring at least 30 points.
*Former Auburn Sports Information Director and Assistant Athletic Director Buddy Davidson was able to keep his streak of attending consecutive Auburn games alive Saturday after suffering a mild stroke earlier in the week. Davidson’s streak is at 659 games. He and his wife, Fran, sat former Athletic Director David Housel in the scholarship section near the press box. (On a personal note, David Housel and I worked as student assistants for Buddy in the late 1960s where the offices were in the old Field House and Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan was in the latter stages of his 25-year coaching career.)
*Saturday’s victory over Louisiana Tech was the 300th for the Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium history. The stadium opened in 1939 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
*Auburn is 76-8-4 in homecoming games. The Tigers are 37-2-1 with its last Homecoming loss coming against Mississippi State in 1991. The Tigers have won 23 straight homecoming games to extend the school record. The previous best was 18 straight from 1953-69.
*The Tigers have a 25-game home win streak against non-conference opponents.
*Auburn improved to 13-0-1 against Louisiana Tech and to 33-7-1 against members of Conference USA.
*In games played in September, Auburn is 162-52-5 with wins in 37 of its past 46 games played in the month.
*Auburn is a perfect 11-0 at home since Gus Malzahn became the Tigers’ head coach in 2013.
*Miss Homecoming 2014 was Francie Harris.