*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.