Auburn, Ala.--Brandon Cox's first two passes were intercepted to end Auburn's opening two possessions in the 19-14 loss to Mississippi State. The first was fumbled into the air by tight end Cole Bennett and returned for a touchdown by Derek Pegues. The second was a throw into coverage by the senior quarterback that led to his benching and a shot for freshman Kodi Burns to play.
Some Auburn fans booed after the second pick. Asked if he heard that, the senior said, "I heard it. They love you when you're doing good, but they hate you when you're doing bad. Those aren't true fans. When we are doing good, they'll love us again.
"It was tough hearing the boos," Cox added. "The true fans love you no matter what. Jason (Campbell) went through it earlier in his career and he recovered. It bothers me, but I am not going to let it bother me after today."
Other news and notes from Saturday's SEC opener for the Tigers include:
*Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom said his team's good play at Tulane the previous week gave the Bulldogs a boost before playing Auburn. "Our guys had confidence coming into this game after the way we played them last week," he said. "The good thing is the guys didn't let the loss to LSU affect them despite the criticism they were getting."
*Junior linebacker Chris Evans led the Tigers in tackles for a second straight week with four solos and four assists. The Tigers again played without starting middle linebacker Tray Blackmon, who is out with an ankle sprain.
*LB Dominic Douglas led the Bulldogs in tackles with three solos and six assists.
*Auburn cornerback Patrick Lee dropped a pass that would have been an easy touchdown return. QB Wesley Carroll, who made the throw, said, "I feel like I dodged a bullet when he missed the interception, but I didn't let it affect me, and I just kept on playing."
*For the first time in the Tommy Tuberville Era, Auburn is 0-1 in SEC play.
*Auburn's 216 rushing yards are the most in an SEC game since gaining 227 at Georgia in 2005.