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Auburn 30, Kentucky 27: News, Notes & Quotes From Auburn's SEC Football Victory

Auburn improved to 4-2 with its SEC football victory over Kentucky on Thursday in Lexington.

Daniel Carlson (above) celebrates a field goal on Thursday night.

Lexington, Ky.--"This win was definitey big," said Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson after Auburn's 30-27 football victory at Kentucky on Thursday night.

"Winning any SEC game, especially on the road, is big," he said. "Hopefully, this will keep us rolling through the rest of October."

Carlson contributed to the victory by making all three of his field goals, including a 52-yarder on the final play of the first half.

"This was a big game for me," said Carlson, who said he wanted to get back in the groove as a kicker after having some unexpected misses. It was a bounce-back for me after missing a couple of kicks in the last game.

"I did my job and everybody else did their job and I think we helped the team quite a bit," the sophomore added.

In other news and notes:

*Peyton Barber’s two rushing touchdowns against Kentucky gives his seven in his past two games and eight for the season. Barber finished with 92 yards rushing on 26 carries. He fell just short of rushing for 100 or more yards for the fifth time in six games.

*True freshman running back Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-high 36 yards and picked up his first career touchdown when he scored from six yards out from the wildcat formation.

*Auburn did not commit a turnover against the Wildcats. It was the second straight game that the Tigers didn’t have a turnover.

*Tony Stevens recorded his first reception of the season. It was for nine yards.

*True freshman Carlton Davis’ interception was his second in as many games.

*Johnathan Ford’s second-quarter sack was his first of the season and the second of his career DaVonte Lambert’s sack was his first of the season and the fourth of his career.

*With Daniel Carlson’s first-quarter successful PAT attempts, Auburn kickers have now converted 101 consecutive PAT attempts back to the 2013 Tennessee game. Carlson has 74 consecutive made PATs in his career. Carlson’s three field goals in the second quarter give him nine for the season, three of 50 or more yards,

*Injured sophomore defensive end Carl Lawson made the trip to Lexington. Lawson, who did not dress out, has been out with a hip injury since the first half of Auburn’s opening win over Louisville. He may be available later in the month.

*Senior wide receiver/quarterback Jonathan Wallace and senior defensive back Jonathan Jones served as captains.  Wallace is one of 11 FBS student-athletes named to the 2015 AFCA Good Works Team for his commitment to community service.

*Gus Malzahn, who says he has worn a visor every game he's coached since his days in high school, went without one Thursday night in Auburn's 30-27 victory over Kentucky in honor of his friend and longtime SEC coach Steve Spurrier. The Head Ball Coach retired from South Carolina this week. The visor Malzahn would have worn during the game was autographed and will be auctioned off by the university, with the proceeds going to the American Red Cross and South Carolina flood relief efforts.

*After Thursday’s victory, Auburn leads Kentucky 26-6-1 in the series that dates back to 1934. The Tigers are 13-4 in games played in Lexington and haves now won nine straight at Kentucky since a 17-7 Wildcat victory in 1966.

*Auburn is 22-25-4 in Thursday games since 1893. The Tigers are 4-1-1 in home Thursday games and 18-24-3 in Thursday road games. Since the SEC was established in 1933, the Tigers are 6-3 against conference foes on Thursdays and 5-3 against non-conference opponents.

*The Tigers have posted an 8-2 record on ESPN Thursday night games since 1994, the most recent win before Thursday’s victory over Kentucky came in 2014 when Auburn went on the road to defeat Kansas State 20-14.

*With 738 victories, Auburn is the 13th winningest FBS football program in the nation and one of 18 teams with 700 or more wins.

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