Part I, Auburn 49, Miss. State 24 Game Notes

A report with news, notes and quotes from Auburn's SEC opening win is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Junior linebacker Josh Bynes says it's a lot of fun playing football, especially when the Auburn offense produces like it has the first two games.

He was talking about 49 points and 589 yards Saturday night in the Tigers' 49-24 win over Mississippi State. It was the second time in as many games offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's crew racked up more than 500 yards.

"When we scored twice before the end of the first half to take the lead (28-17), it made the defense motivated and determined. We saw it as a great opportunity to go out and think three-and-out, three-and-out."

The defense responded in the third quarter by allowing Mississippi State one first down and 37 yards total offense while the Tiger offense put 14 more points on the board in the quarter.

News and Notes:

*With Saturday's win over Mississippi State, Auburn is 43-28-5 in SEC openers. The Tigers are 16-1 in their last 17 league openers. Auburn had a 14-game win streak in openers halted by the Bulldogs in 2007. Auburn has opened its SEC schedule with Mississippi State the past six years.

*The Tigers and Bulldogs have played 55 years in a row. Auburn leads the overall series 58-23-2.

*Auburn has won 21 of the last 28 meetings with the Bulldogs and limited Mississippi State to 19 or fewer points in 11 straight games.

*By beating Mississippi State Saturday, Auburn remains unbeaten at 4-0 in games played on September 12. Before Mississippi State scored Saturday, the Tigers had never surrendered a point in games played on September 12. The Tiger shutouts were: 49-0 over Kansas State in 1987, 55-0 over Samford in 1992 and 17-0 overall Ole Miss in 1998.

*With Gene Chizik on the coaching staff, Auburn has won 17 consecutive games overall and 10 straight at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*Auburn is 17-3 in home night games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium since 2000.

*Auburn is tied for fifth in the country with eight graduates on its 2009 roster.

*Going into the Mississippi State game, Auburn listed 12 true freshman and two redshirt freshman on its three-deep depth chart.

*For the second time this season, Chris Todd, Clinton Durst and Antonio Coleman served as Auburn captains.


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