Auburn 37, LA Tech 13, Game Notes Part I

News and notes from Auburn's victory over Louisiana Tech are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Terrell Zachery said he wasn't surprised the Auburn offense racked up 556 yards of total offense and scored 37 points in the season opening victory over Louisiana Tech.

"I knew we had a good game plan going in," the wide receiver said. "I had a feeling we were going to have a good night."

Zachery contributed with three catches for 98 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown pass from Chris Todd, the longest pass play in history on a pump and go route. "Chris threw a perfect pass," Zachery said. "That felt good.

"I thought we played well tonight on offense," he added. "We were rolling."

Other news and notes from the opener include:

*Freshman Daren Bates, who started at safety, was beaming after the game doing interviews. His defensive coordinator, Ted Roof, stopped to watch the freshman to see how he handled himself to make sure the rookie is staying humble.

•Auburn's overall record in opening games is 90-25-2 following Saturday's victory over Louisiana Tech. The Tigers have won four straight openers.

•It has been 17 years (1992) since Auburn opened the season as late as September 5.

•With Auburn and Gene Chizik's win over Louisiana Tech, Auburn head coaches are 17-8-1 in their first games leading the Tigers. Chizik is the fifth straight new head coach to win his opener at Auburn.

•The Tigers improved to 15-0-1 in games against members of the Western Athletic Conference after defeating the Bulldogs. Eleven of those wins and the tie have come against Louisiana Tech.

•Bald eagle Spirit's pregame appearance was one of the longest flight's ever for Auburn's popular birds of prey. Spirit flew through the north end zone uprights in his descent to the turf of Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Tigers are 16-3 in home night games since the 2000, including victories over four nationally-ranked teams. Those wins were over No. 1 Florida in 2001, No. 2 Florida in 2006, No. 7 Tennessee in 2003 and No. 14 Georgia in 2000.

Auburn's streak of consecutive wins when scoring 30 or more points is now at 50. The Tigers last lost a game when scoring 30 or more points in a 56-49 four-overtime setback to Georgia in 1996.

•Auburn captains for the opener were Chris Todd for the offense, Antonio Coleman for the defense and Clinton Durst for special teams. The Tigers won the toss and chose to take the ball.


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