Auburn at West Virginia Game Notes

News and notes from Auburn's football loss to West Virginia are featured.

Morgantown, West Virginia--Adding injury to insult in the final quarter, Auburn running back Mario Fannin limped off the field on the final kickoff return of the game late in Auburn's 34-17 loss to West Virginia.

"I am fine," said Fannin, who was walking without a noticeable limp after the game. "I kind of twisted my ankle under the pile. I kind of hurt it real bad, but it is alright."

Fannin ran the ball eight times for 29 yards and had two kickoffs for 88 yards, including a 69-yarder.

"The kick return did a great job blocking," Fannin said. "The hole was there and I just hit it."

In other news and notes from the game:

*Making his third start of the season, Kodi Burns rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries and hit 13-21 passes for 111 yards with one touchdown and one interception. "Kodi made some great reads and made some great runs for us," Fannin said.

*Jason Bosley moved back to center for the WVU game replacing Ryan Pugh while Pugh moved outside and started at right tackle.

*Mike Berry, who started three games last year, made his first start for

*Fans who attended the game found there was little parking near Milan Puskar Stadium, but many fans worked around that problem by using a light rail system that took fans to the game.

*Neiko Thorpe injured an ankle in the first quarter and was unavailable after that.

*Auburn had 18 carries for 73 yards in the first quarter. The Tigers had 27 carries for 76 yards in the final three quarters.

*WVU's Noel Devine averaged 12.2 yards per carry as he finished the night with 207 rushing yards vs. the Tigers.

*As has been the case in every game this season, Auburn led at halftime. The Tigers have led by double figures in seven of their eight games this season, including each of their losses.

*Antonio Coleman led the Tigers in tackles with five solos and one assist. He had one of Auburn's two sacks. Zach Clayton had the other one.

*Auburn is now 5-3-1 all-time against current members of the Big East Conference.

*Auburn is now 6-2 in games played on Thursday nights.

*Auburn drove 81 yards on 20 plays that took 9:53 during its opening drive, the longest scoring drive of the season for the Tigers in terms of yardage, plays and time. The previous longest drive for yardage was 78 yards against Louisiana-Monroe, the most plays were 12 against ULM and the longest scoring drive in terms of time was 5:44 against Tennessee.

*The 20-play scoring drive marked the most plays in a drive by Auburn since records began being kept in 1970 for that statistic. The previous long was a 19-play, 90-yard drive against Ole Miss on Oct. 4, 1985.


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