Running Against the Bulls

Ben Tate talks about his 100-yard day against Buffalo.

Auburn, Ala.--Freshman tailback Ben Tate put on a show in the fourth quarter of Auburn's 38-7 victory over the Buffalo Bulls. He didn't get his first carry until 13:26 remaining in the game but still scored a pair of touchdowns and surpassed the 100-yard barrier.

"I knew I was going to get in and when I got a chance, I just had to run hard," he says.

He scored the final two touchdowns of the game, but says that there is no time to celebrate his impressive performance.

"It feels great," Tate notes. "It's Auburn football so it's big-time just to have the opportunity to go out there and it is a great feeling. I'm just laid back with it. We've got practice on Sunday so I've got to come in and work hard on Sunday. Just because I ran for a little bit and two touchdowns doesn't mean I don't have to come in and work hard."

Tate played against Washington State and Mississippi State, but not against LSU. If he were to get hurt this in practice before he plays another game he would still eligible for a redshirt.

Finishing with 114 yards for the game, Auburn now has four players on the current roster with at least 100 yards rushing in a game--Tre Smith against Alabama in 2002, Tristan Davis versus Kentucky in 2005 and Kenny Irons many times.

Tate's first score came on a 42-yarder off left end where he cut back and outraced Buffalo defenders into the end zone.

"It was a great play call by coach (Al Borges)," Tate says. "I saw a crease, I turned it on and just made a guy miss. It was a combination of great blocking by our fullbacks and the offensive line. They opened up the holes and as a running back it's my job to get through there fast enough and go score."


Tate scored on this 42-yard carry and another 28-yard score minutes later.

Borges gives the credit to Tate for his 114-yard game.

"He's a real talented kid," Borges notes. "He's a heck of a runner. He's strong, he's powerful and he's a lot like Ronnie Brown was. He's got some explosiveness to him and if you can get him in the open field he's able to beat some people one on one."


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