Games Notes: Auburn at Ole Miss

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's SEC road loss at Ole Miss are featured.

Oxford, Miss.--Auburn has been to a bowl game every season since 2000, but that streak is in major jeopardy following the Tigers' 17-7 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday.

The thought of that happening to a team that entered the season with high expectations is tough to handle. In fact, starting middle linebacker Josh Bynes didn't even want to discuss the subject.

Bynes, who finished the game with six solo tackles and two assists, did talk about how the Tigers played.

"We have to execute better, both offensively and defensively," the sophomore said. "We need to tackle on defense and make plays on offense.

"Ole Miss didn't do anything we had prepared for," he added.

Bynes was second on the team in tackles behind safety Zac Etheridge, who made five solo tackles with five assists.

In other news and notes from Saturday's game:

*Wide receiver Chris Slaughter had his best day as a college receiver with eight catches for 131 yards filling in for Rod Smith, who suffered a hip pointer in the game.

*The loss was the first for Coach Tommy Tuberville in a game at Ole Miss since he came to Auburn from Ole Miss for the 1999 season. Auburn now leads the all-time series 24-9 and has an 8-2 mark in games played in Oxford. The Tigers had not lost to the Rebels since 2003.

*Auburn trailed 10-0 at halftime, the first time this season the Tigers have been behind at intermission.

*Auburn had 168 yards total offense in the fourth quarter, the most of any quarter this season. However, all of that yardage didn't lead to any points. The previous high was 160 in the third quarter in the opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

*Auburn's 314 yards of total offense in the second half were the most in a half this season surpassing the 314 in the second half vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

*Kodi Burns passed for 319 yards. His previous college high was 119 yards vs. Arkansas. His 27 completions are tied for the eighth most in single game history with Jason Campbell vs. Tennessee in the 2004 SEC Championship Game along with Dameyune Craig vs. Central Florida in 1997 and Pat Sullivan in the 1971 Gator Bowl vs. Ole Miss.

*With the victory, Ole Miss is 5-4, its best record after nine games since 2003.

*The seven points scored by Auburn is the lowest total in a game vs. Ole Miss since losing 13-7 to the Rebels in the 1965 Liberty Bowl.

*Ole Miss junior Cordera Eason rushed for 104 yards on 14 carries, his first career 100-yard rushing game.


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