Auburn Vs. Washington State Game Notes

A report on Auburn's opening night football victory is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Notes from Auburn's 2006 season-opening victory over Washington State are featured:

*Zach Gilbert, Lee Guess, Josh Thompson, Sen'Derrick Marks and Aairon Savage made their first collegiate starts. "I had a lot of fun out there," says Marks, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Mobile. "I think I played well."

*Kenny Irons rushed for 183 yards, his ninth career 100-yard rushing performance. He has four games with 150 or more rushing yards. His all-time high is 218 vs. LSU in 2005 and his previous second highest total was 182 vs. Arkansas last year.

*Irons had an all-purpose total of 223 yards, a career high. Washington State totaled just 274 as a whole team.

Brad Lester goes the distance on a 34-yard screen pass play. He also rushed six times for 37 yards and one touchdown..

*Former Tiger stars Travis Williams, Steve Wallace, Ben Leard, Tommy Jackson, Kevin Greene, Ed Dyas and Al Del Greco and Darrell Crawford were the honorary Tiger Walk participants. A very large crowd was on hand to check out the first of eight home Tiger Walks this season.

*Auburn improved its record to 5-3 all-time vs. current Pac-10 members.

*The Tigers are 38-0 in the Tommy Tuberville Era when scoring at least 30 points.

*The first of Courtney Taylor's three receptions for 51 yards was his 100 career catch. Taylor says th

*Auburn enjoyed a 34:02 to 25:58 time of possession advantage.

*Washington State had won its past five season openers before its first ever appearance at Auburn.

*Auburn verbal commitments Ryan Pugh, Josh Chapman, John Douglas, Bailey Woods, and Kyle Coulahan attended the game. Chapman notes he got to bed at 4 a.m. on Saturday after returning from Hoover High's win in Tulsa, Okla., and got up at 10 a.m. after Pugh called him to go to the AU game.

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