Daniel Carlson made all four of his field goals on Saturday.
He just wishes he hadn’t had to kick as many field goals inside the red zone as he did Saturday in Auburn’s 27-19 SEC football loss to Ole Miss on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Three times the Tigers reached the red zone and three times failed to score a touchdown.
Carlson was 3-for-3 on those attempts from 23, 33 and 26 yards. His first attempt of the day was good from 52 yards, giving him four field goals of 50 yards or more this season, most of any FBS kicker. His 56-yarder against Louisville in Auburn’s opening win is the third longest in school history.
Carlson has tied Neil O’Donoghue (1975-76) for the Auburn career record with five 50-plus yard field goals and is eighth in Auburn career kick scoring with 177 career points scored, passing John Riley (173 points from 1967-69). He is tied for ninth in career field goals made with 32, along with Jim Von Wyl (1990-91). He is 14-of 17 on field goals this season.
“For me every kick is the same whether it’s on an extra point or 50-yarder, except when you are out far,” Carlson said.
Thirty-three of his 40 kickoffs have been into the opponents’ end zone for no return, a statistic that ranks among the top two for all FBS kickers.
“The records are okay, but I wish that I had fewer field goals and more extra points,” Carlson commented. “I just do what I can for the team. When they call my name, I have to do what I can.”
Carlson knows there is disappointment in Auburn’s 4-4 overall record and 1-4 in SEC mark.
“It’s tough,” he said. “We are showing that we can compete with anybody. It’s just some little things. We just have to keep fighting and chipping away.”
Next up for the Tigers is Texas A&M on the road this coming Saturday.
“We just need to move on from this game and get ready for next week,” Carlson stated. “Like I said, we can compete with anybody. I have faith in this team and we are all in this together. We are just going to keep working and keep fighting.”
In other news and noes:
*In a game-time decision, Sean White opened at quarterback after dealing with a knee injury suffered in the Arkansas game. White, who did not take reps at practice on Wednesday and Thursday, shared quarterbacking duties with Jeremy Johnson, who started Auburn’s first three games, but got took most of the snaps.
*White ranks fourth in Auburn freshman passing yardage (1,063), and fifth in freshman pass completions (74) and freshman pass attempts (125). He had thrown 94 consecutive passes without an interception, the fourth best string at Auburn since 1999 before being intercepted in the first quarter against the Rebels by former Auburn commitment Tony Bridges.
*Melvin Ray’s 44-yard reception against Ole Miss gives him 22 of 26 career catches for a first down or touchdown.
*Tony Stevens’ 44-yard catch from Jeremy Johnson was the longest reception of his career.
*This was the Auburn defense’s fourth consecutive game with an interception and it’s the second game this season with multiple interceptions. Auburn has scored 44 points off turnovers this season.
*In its past three games (prior to Ole Miss), Auburn was 15-of-16 inside the red zone with 13 of those scores for touchdowns. The Tigers were 3-for-3 in the red zone against Ole Miss, all field goals.
*Auburn, Florida and Duke were the only FBS teams without a turnover in October entering the Ole Miss game. That streak for Auburn ended when White was intercepted in the first quarter. That was Auburn’s only turnover of the game.
*The Tigers lead the country with only five kickoff returns allowed and fourth nationally with only four punts returned. The total of only nine kick returns for a combined 142 yards are both tops among FBS teams.