Auburn, Ala.--Senior tight end C.J. Uzomah had been saving something special for when he scored a touchdown--a tribute to Phillip Lutzenkirchen, the man who owns the Auburn record for in for touchdown receptions by a tight end who died in an automobile accident this summer.
After finding himself wide open in the end zone and hauling in a nine-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall, Uzomah broke out in the “Lutzie.”/p>
That’s the dance Lutzenkirchen celebrated with when he caught a touchdown from Cam Newton in Auburn’s 28-27 come-from-behind win over Alabama in 2010 that spurred Auburn to the National Championship./p>
“It was like a tribute thing to Lutz,” Uzomah said following the Tigers’ impressive 41-7 win over LSU. “He did so much for me and the Auburn community. Hopefully, he’s up there smiling down at me.
Uzomah planned to do the “Lutzie” when the caught a 15-yard touchdown from Jeremy Johnson the previous week against Louisiana Tech. “I wasn’t sure I had a foot in bounds,” he noted. “I decided against it because I wanted us to kick the extra point before the play could be reviewed. I may do it again, but I hadn’t really thought about it.”
His touchdown against LSU was the sixth of the senior’s career. The last Auburn tight end to catch touchdown passes in consecutive games was Lutzenkirchen in 2011 against Georgia and Samford. Uzomah ranks third all-time in TD catches by tight ends behind Lutzenkirchen with 14 and Robert Johnson with 10. He ranks third all-time in scoring by tight ends.
With the exception of Jeff Whitaker, a senior who had a medical redshirt, no other Auburn senior had enjoyed a win over LSU before Saturday.
“I think this was definitely a statement game for us,” Uzomah admitted. “This was the first time to beat LSU since I’ve been here. We came out fast, came out hard and asserted ourselves. We had them on our hip the entire time and I think it’s a testament to where we are as a team. Coach Malzahn said we were going to hit the road running. I think we did a great job of doing that.”
In other news and notes:
*Auburn held LSU to 0-for-13 on third down conversions. It is only the third time since 1996 that Auburn has held an opponent to no third-down conversions (Mississippi State, 2008, 0-for-14; Idaho, 1999, 0-for-12).
*Auburn is 5-0 for the first time since the 2010 season and the 25th time in school history.
*Auburn has started a season 5-0 after winning the SEC Championship for the first time in program history
*Auburn now has a 13-game home win streak, the longest active streak in the nation, one better than both Alabama and Baylor. The 13-game home winning streak is also the longest for Auburn since it won 14 straight from 2010-11.
*The Tigers are now 309-5 when scoring at least 30 points and 154-1 when scoring at least 40 points.
*The Tigers have won six consecutive match-ups between ranked teams at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
*Auburn’s senior class has beaten 11 of the 13 other SEC teams. The only other SEC schools Auburn hasn’t beaten since 2011 are Kentucky, which the Auburn seniors have never faced, and Vanderbilt, which beat Auburn 17-13 in 2012.
*Auburn’s defense has allowed 21 or fewer points in five consecutive games for the first time since an eight-game string from 2007-08.
*Auburn took its 300th all-time win in Southeastern Conference play with its victory over LSU. The Tigers are 300-231-18 in SEC action the past 81 seasons.
*Auburn has the third-longest active streak nationally with 14 straight weeks ranked in the AP Top 10, behind Alabama (56) and Florida State (22).
*Six of Auburn’s remaining eight opponents are ranked in this week’s Top 15.
*Auburn has won 15 straight games when its quarterback rushes for 100 or more yards.
*In 19 of the last 20 meetings between Auburn and LSU, at least one of the teams was ranked at the time of the game. In 11 of those both teams were ranked.
*Seven of the last 11 matchups in the series have been decided by seven points or less, including the last five matchups in Auburn before Saturday. The home team has won 13 of the last 15 meetings in the series.
*Auburn and LSU met for the 49th time Saturday. LSU holds a 27-21-1 advantage. Auburn is a 11-7 leader in all games played in Auburn.
*Auburn’s 17-0 lead on LSU in the first quarter was the largest first-quarter lead by Auburn in the series since the 1999 game when the Tigers were also up 17-0.
*Auburn’s 566 yards of total off ense is the most against LSU in series history. The previous high was 544 in 1993.
*After being held scoreless in the first half at LSU in 2013, the Tigers have scored an offensive touchdown in 36 of the last 38 quarters against SEC opponents.
Since allowing two TD passes in the first half of the season opener against Arkansas, Auburn has allowed just one passing TD in the last 18 quarters, including 15 consecutive without a touchdown pass.