Part II, Auburn vs. New Mexico State Notes

More notes from Auburn's game four victory over New Mexico State are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Freshman Kodi Burns made his first start in Auburn's victory over New Mexico State, but when the game was on the line senior quarterback Brandon Cox was called on to run the offense.

The freshman said after the 55-20 victory he had no problems with the decision to give Cox a chance to run the offense again.

"I will always be competing, but is Brandon's team," Burns said. "It's his senior year so I have no problem with him starting or playing the whole game.

"I want to go on and be able to contribute to the team," Burns added. "It's all about the team. Whoever gives us the best chance to win will be out on the field. If it's Brandon or me, it's fine with me."

Burns was 1-5 passing for 58 yards on a touchdown bomb to Rodgeriqus Smith. It was Auburn's longest play of the season until topped by a 67-yard run by Mario Fannin for AU's final TD. Cox was 13-19 for 135 yards and one TD, an 18-yarder to Smith. Both QBs had on-target passes dropped.

Other news and notes:

*The Tigers started four true freshmen on offense in Burns, right guard Chaz Ramsey, right tackle Lee Ziemba and left tackle Ryan Pugh. On defense, the Tigers started two redshirt freshmen--safety Zac Etheridge and linebacker Craig Stevens,.

*The 21 first-half points are the most by Auburn since scoring 24 against Tulane on Oct. 24, 2006. The Tigers led by a single point at intermission. The 55 points are the most for AU since scoring 63 vs. Ball State in 2005.

*Burns became the first true freshman quarterback to start for Auburn since current Major League baseball player Gabe Gross in 1998 and the first true freshman quarterback to ever start for a team coached by Tommy Tuberville.

*Cox had started 24 straight games for the Tigers prior to Saturday night.

*Redshirt freshman Tim Hawthorne made his first college reception.

*Jonathan Wilhite had two interceptions, the first time a Tiger has gotten that many in a game since Junior Rosegreen had four in a win at Tennessee in 2004.

*Mario Fannin's three rushing TDs are the most for a Tiger since Kenny Irons got three at Kentucky in 2005.

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