Game Notes: Auburn 14, Tennessee 12

Auburn, Ala.--News and notes are featured from Auburn's 14-12 SEC football victory over Tennessee on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*Auburn continued its streak against the Vols of not allowing a first-half touchdown this season. Daniel Lincoln's field goals of 47 and 35 yards were the second and third field goals in the first half against the Tigers this year. The first came in Auburn's 26-21 loss to LSU the pervious week.

*Defensive tackle Jake Ricks' fumble recovery for a touchdown against Tennessee was the second touchdown of the season on a fumble recovery by the Tiger defense. The first came on Auburn's first defensive play of the year when Michael Goggans picked up a fumble on a quarterback hit by Antonio Coleman and scampered nine yards AU's first points of the season in a 34-0 win over Louisiana Monroe. Ricks, who has seen limited action this year, had a 31-yard fumble return in 2006 against Mississippi State when he was a freshman.

*On his first play since Auburn's second game of the season against Southern Miss, sophomore quarterback Kodi Burns rushed for 14 yards in the second quarter against Tennessee. Burns led the Tigers to the UT 18-yard line from the Auburn 36. The drive ended when Wes Byrum missed a 35-yard field goal attempt.

*Auburn went 19 quarters to open the season without allowing a rushing touchdown. That string ended on the first play of the fourth quarter when Tennessee scored on Montario Hardesty's 2-yard run.

*After missing the LSU game with the flu, walk-on freshman punter Clinton Durst was a key factor in the 14-12 win over Tennessee. A short punt by preseason All-selection Ryan Shoemaker set up LSU near midfield for the Bayou Tigers winning drive with Durst sidelined. Durst, who beat out Shoemaker for the stating punting job in preseason, averaged 43.7 yards on nine punts against the Vols. Several of Durst's punts were from deep in Auburn territory.

*Junior defensive end Antonio Coleman recorded his fourth sack of the season in the second quarter. He has 12.5 career sacks.


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