Part 2, AU 54, BSU 30 Notes and Quotes

News and notes from Auburn's football victory over Ball State University are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Back-up quarterback Neil Caudle said he was up-and-down in getting to play most of the fourth quarter in Auburn's 54-30 victory over Ball State Saturday.

"I played really hit and miss," said the redshirt junior who saw his most extensive action of the season against the Cardinals.

Caudle connected on two of his three passes for 19 yards, but was disappointed in his first attempt that was intercepted.

"The interception I had was a bad play all around," he said. "I made a bad call and a bad throw. That came back to hurt me. Despite that, it was fun to get out there and play a little bit and throw the ball."

Caudle, who has battled injuries off and on in his Auburn career and senior year of high school, showed his speed and elusiveness with a 52-yard touchdown run as two defenders bounced off him around the 15-yard line.

"The interception got in my head because I wasn't focused," Caudle commented. "To come back and have that run really helped me out. I was a little down after the interception, but the run picked me up."

Caudle said he thought the two Ball State defenders were going to sandwich him but they actually knocked each other off him.

"That was big one," Caudle said about his first career touchdown. "I've been here a few years and it was good to get that one under my belt."

In other news and notes:

*The Tigers are off to their third 4-0 start in the past six seasons, the most recent coming in 2006.

*Gene Chizik's string of consecutive wins serving as an Auburn coach reached 19 games against Ball State. That streak includes an 11-game win streak in games at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

*Anthony Gulley, true freshman punt returner and wide receiver, wore number 84 against the Cardinals. Gulley wore number 24 in Auburn's first three games.

*Auburn has won 53 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.

*The Tigers improved to 19-3 in home night games at Jordan Hare Stadium since the 2000 season. Those wins include four over nationally-ranked teams.

*Auburn s golden eagle Nova flew prior to the Ball State game after being sidelined for the pre-game treat the previous week when rain prevented the traditional flight. The AU band was also able to perform on the field after operating out the stands against West Virginia after 3.75 inches of rain fell in one-hour period a couple of hours before kickoff.

*Captains for Auburn against Ball State were Chris Todd, Walter McFadden and Antonio Coleman.

*After falling behind 7-0 to Ball State, the Tigers came from behind to claim victory for the fourth time in their 4-0 start.

*Linebacker Josh Bynes shot the gap and recorded a safety as Miquale Lewis attempted to get out of the end zone after a handoff on a play the Cardinals began from their own 3-yard line. Bynes also had a fumble recovery in the first quarter that led to Auburn's first touchdown of the night.

*Safety Zac Etheridge has three career forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries after forcing and recovering a fumble on the same play in the first quarter.

*Junior wide receiver Terrell Zachery caught touchdowns of 46 and 56 yards in the second quarter, giving him three receiving scores for his career. His first came in Auburn's opening win over Louisiana Tech. That Todd-to-Zachery connection went for an Auburn offensive touchdown record 93 yards.

*The Tigers had only seven passing touchdowns in 2008. Chris Todd upped his 2009 total to 11 TDs against only one interception with three first-halt touchdown tosses and two more in the third quarter to give him five for the game, equaling the Auburn record held by Daniel Cobb against Louisiana Tech in 2001.

*Wes Byrum's 32-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the first half continued Auburn's streak of scoring in the final two minutes of the first half of all four games this year.

*Ball State coach Stan Parrish hasn't had a win as a head coach since 1986 at Kansas State. He was winless in his last 26 games at Kansas State, lost the GMAC Bowl contest against Tulsa this past season after being elevated to head coach for the bowl game after Brady Hoke left the Cardinals to take the head job at San Diego State. Parrish's Cardinals are 0-4 this season after the loss to Auburn.


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