Part 2, Auburn 41, WVU 30 Game Notes

News, notes and quotes are featured from Auburn's football victory over West Virginia.

Auburn, Ala.--Neiko Thorpe was a tired young man at the conclusion of Auburn's 41-30 victory over West Virginia Saturday. But it was a happy tired.

The sophomore cornerback had his first interception of the season, returning it 22 yards, nearly picked off another pass and recorded seven tackles.

"I was really trying to take the interception all the way," he said of the pivotal pick that halted a West Virginia scoring threat with Auburn trailing 21-10 in the second quarter.

Thorpe's interception led to a 42-yard Wes Byrum field goal.

Like most Auburn defenders, Thorpe related that defensive coordinator Ted Roof told the his charges they would win the game if they could come up with four turnovers. They went two better with six.

Thorpe said he did get tired and the water-logged field created some heavy legs, but the crowd kept picking up the defense which settled in after a slow start that saw the Mountaineers take a 14-0 lead less that five minutes into the game.

Mountaineer quarterback Jarrett Brown had a strong arm and time after time escaped pressure from the Auburn defense. Brown's only flaws were losing a fumble and throwing four interceptions. That offset his 66 yards rushing and 221 yards through the air.

"He is quick, "Thorp said. "You would think he has something on his jersey, We just had to keep coming at them."

In other news and notes from Auburn's 41-30 victory over West Virginia:

*Going back to his three years as Auburn's defensive coordinator from 2002-04, Gene Chizik has been part of 18 consecutive wins by the Tigers, including this year's 3-0 start.

*With Saturday's win over West Virginia to even Auburn's record against the Mountaineers at 1-1, the Tigers are 6-3-1 in all games against current members of the Big East Conference.

*Auburn has won 52 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.

*The Tigers have come-from-behind in all three victories to start the 2009 season. They trailed 7-3 before beating Louisiana Tech 37-13 over Louisiana Tech in the opener, 17-14 to Mississippi State before prevailing 49-24 and trailed several times against West Virginia.

* The five interceptions and a fumble recovery against West Virginia for six turnovers were the most by the Tigers in a game since New Mexico State committed six in 2007.

*With 49 points against Mississippi State and 41 against West Virginia, the Tigers topped the 40-point mark in consecutive games for the first time since 2003 when they scored 45 against Vanderbilt and 48 the next week against Western Kentucky.

*Auburn has combined to score 127 points in its first three games, the most it has in its first three games of the season since 1996 when it had 136 against UAB, Fresno State and Ole Miss.

*Senior running back Ben Tate finished with 75 yards rushing against the Mountaineers to move ahead of James Joseph for ninth place in Auburn history for rushing yards. Tate has 2,308 career rushing yards.

*Placekicker Wes Byrum hasn't missed a field goal in five attempts this season to establish a personal best for career field goals. With his two field goals of 46 and 42 yards against the Mountaineers Byrum has 37 career field goals, which ranks seventh best in Auburn history.


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