Auburn-Florida Game Notes, Part 2

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's 20-17 victory over Florida are featured.

Gainesville, Fla.--Matthew Motley, Auburn's field goal holder and game captain for his career, said he had zero doubts that freshman Wesley Byrum would make a 43-yard field goal with no time left to beat Florida on Saturday night.

It didn't matter than 90,000 fans were screaming and a national TV prime time audience.

"The freshman has icewater in his veins," Motley said as the Tigers celebrated a 20-17 victory over the previously unbeaten Gators.

"This is my first time in The Swamp and I will always remember this night," said Motley, a senior walk-on who Byrum said is his dream holder because of his terrific hands.

Motley and the team's other game captain, junior Pat Sims, were hugging teammates after the victory.

"I am from Florida and it feels great to win this game with such a team effort," Sims says. "We just believed in each other and we did it."

Game Notes:

*Auburn's opening drive of 14 plays for 86 yards covering 7:32 was Auburn's longest drive of the year in terms of plays, yardage and time.

*Auburn held Florida scoreless and without a first down in the first quarter. It marked the first time in nine games that Florida had been shut out in the first quarter.

True freshman quarterback Kodi Burns' 6-yard touchdown run on Auburn's opening drive was his second rushing touchdown of the season.

*Sophomore defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks made his second blocked field of the season.

*Montez Billings had three catches in the first half after entering the game with just four career receptions. "I am full speed and ready to go," Billings said from the Auburn locker room after the victory. He had been slowed earlier in the year with a hamstring problem.

*In pregame ceremonies, the Gators honored former star Wilber Marshall as a Ring of Honor inductees. A lighted sign with his name has been placed on the top of the north end zone stands.


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