Marshall said he agrees that he gave his best shot to try to help the Tigers win the Iron Bowl on Saturday night. “Me and my team fought until the end of the game and I am proud of them,” he said after the setback at Bryant-Denny Stadium to close Auburn’s regular season.
With the quarterback passing for a school-record 456 yards and rushing for 49 more the Tigers finished with 635 total yards. “We are capable of putting up points like that in every game,” the senior said.
Marshall added that he wishes the offense could have done even more vs. the Tide. “There were a few mismatches that we missed to tonight,” he said, adding the Tigers also should not have scored more touchdowns and fewer field goals after moving into the red zone five times and coming away with two TDs and five field goals.
The quarterback noted that Alabama, despite giving up a lot of yardage, played tough when the Tigers got into scoring position. “They played great defense down in the red zone,” he said.
In other news and notes:
*Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 77 yards on 25 carries vs. the Tide. With 2,095 career rushing yards, the senior is 15th in Auburn history, passing Lionel James (2,068 yards 1980-83) and James Bostic (2,084 yards 1991-93). Artis-Payne now has 1,485 rushing yards this season, fourth best in Auburn history, passing Cam Newton (1,473 yards in 2010). Next is Rudi Johnson 1567 in 2000.
With 1,848 career rushing yards, Nick Marshall is now 21st in Auburn history. Marshall has now been responsible for 55 touchdowns in his career, third all-time at Auburn, passing Jason Campbell (54 from 2001-04).
*Marshall set a season-high for passing yardage in the first half alone with 255. His previous high was 254 vs. Ole Miss. The senior also threw for three touchdowns passes for the second time this year. The first was against Louisiana Tech. Marshall’s 456 passing yards in an Auburn single-game record topping the 416 previously set by Ben Leard vs. Georgia in 1999.
*Marshall’s 505 yards total offense ranks first in Auburn single-game history. The previous record was 445 yards by Auburn wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig vs. Army in the 1996 Independence Bowl.
*Quan Bray’s 5-yard touchdown catch from Marshall was the seventh receiving score of his career and his 10th career touchdown scored.
*Corey Grant is the 41st player in Auburn history to rush for 1,000 career yards. He now has 1,010 career rushing yards. Grant’s fourth-quarter touchdown run against his former team was his third of the season and ninth of his career.
*Auburn’s turnover on the first offensive play against Alabama was the third time this season Auburn lost the ball on its first offensive snap. The Tigers turned the ball over on a tipped Marshall pass on the opening offensive play against Mississippi State and on the first offensive snap on a Artis-Payne fumble against Texas A&M.
*Saturday’s contest was only the seventh Iron Bowl played at night and the first since 2007 when Auburn won at home 17-10. Alabama leads 5-3 in Iron Bowl night games.
*This season’s 430 points scored is sixth most in Auburn history behind 577 in 2010, 553 in 2013, 438 in 1995 and 433 in 2009.