Auburn-UTM Game Notes & Quotes

News, notes and quotes from Auburn's 37-20 Homecoming victory over Tennessee-Martin are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Robert Dunn's decision to attempt to field a first-quarter punt at the goal line resulting in a fumble pounced on for a Tennessee Martin touchdown for an early 7-7 tie was about trying to do too much.

The miscue resulted in the first touchdown allowed in the opening quarter by the Tigers this year.

"It was a matter of me being too anxious getting back on the field," said Dunn, who was held out of punt return duty while recovering from an ankle injury.

"I lost sight of what I was needed to do," he said. "I wanted to make everybody happy so I stepped out of what I was suppose to be doing at the time. Coach (Eddie) Gran told me to get my head on straight and stay focused."

Gran, who coaches Auburn running backs, also handles the special teams.

After Chris Slaughter returned the next Tennessee-Martin punt, Dunn was back on the field for punt return duty the rest of the game. He finished with three returns for 36 yards, including a long return of 31 yards.

News and Notes: With its Homecoming win over UTM, Auburn leveled its record at 7-7-1 all-time in games played on November 8. The Tigers' last loss on November 8 was 24-20 to Ole Miss during the 1999 season. Auburn is 214-164-21 all-time in the month of November, including a 20-8 record under Tommy Tuberville during November...The Tigers have won 17 straight homecoming contests. Auburn's last homecoming loss was 24-17 to Mississippi State in 1991 under Coach Pat Dye...Auburn had 14 first downs the first half against UTM and finished with 26 for the game, the most for an Auburn team this season. The previous high was 22 against Southern Mississippi, the second game of the year...Auburn finished with season highs for points scored with 37, bettering the previous best in the season opener of 34 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, and total offense at 452 yards, topping the 406 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Junior wide receiver Chris Slaughter, sophomore defensive tackle Zach Clayton and sophomore defensive end Antoine Carter made the first starts of their careers. Clayton had one tackle, Carter three tackles that included a sack and three tackles for losses totaling 21 yards, and Slaughter caught two passes for 28 yards...Sen'Derrick Marks had the longest consecutive streak for starts on the Auburn football team ended on Saturday. With two ankle sprains, he was held out, but should be ready for the Georgia game...The Tigers improved to 46-0 under Tommy Tuberville when scoring at least 30 points...The 158 rushing yards by Kodi Burns easily topped his previous high of 87 vs. Mississippi State in 2007...With 42 yards, Ben Tate moved into 15th place in AU history with 1,910 yards passing Phil Gargis.

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