The Tigers probably should have had a double-digit victory, but for senior defensive end Antonio Coleman, any victory is a good one.
"We like sneaking up on people and then showing them we are a team to be reckoned with," Coleman said.
The senior admitted it wasn't a work of art on either side of the football. "We have a lot of places we can get better, but at the end of the night we are 5-0 and that is a blessing. We are going to enjoy to tonight and go back tomorrow."
Coleman said it feels great to start his final college season 5-0. "One of the reasons I came back is that I?believe in Coach Chizik and all of the coaches he hired. It is paying off for me now."
Commenting on the keys to victory, Coleman said the defense putting pressure on the UT offense was big. He added, "Just getting out there playing as a unit. The offense they came up when we were slacking. The defense came up when they were slacking. And, the special teams stepped up big-time for us."
In other news and notes:
*Sophomore defensive tackle Nick Fairley blocked an extra point in the first half. It was the first blocked kick of the year for the Tigers.
Nick Fairley makes a block vs. the Tennessee Vols.*Auburn has now won 20 consecutive games in which Gene Chizik was part of the coaching staff.
*Auburn has won five straight vs. Tennessee, the longest streak in school history. The previous longest was four from 1961-64 under Coach Ralph Shug Jordan.
*Auburn has scored 207 points this season, one off last season's total. The Tigers scored 208 points all last season.
*The Tigers had 459 yards of total offense keeping alive a streak of gaining at least 400 yards each game this season. The last time Auburn had five straight games with 400 or more yards was in 1994.
*For the first time this season, the Tigers played a game and never trailed.
*After allowing a 41-yard run on the first offensive play of the game, the Auburn defense held Tennessee to 25 yards the rest of the first quarter.
*Auburn has started a season 5-0 for the second time in the past four years. The last time the Tigers did it, 2006, they finished the year with an 11-2 record.
*Auburn had a season high in time of possession with 34:46 bettering the previous high of 31:03 vs. Mississippi State.
*Freshman Onterio McCalebb finished 204 yards of total offense,. He had 51 yards rushing, a career-high 62 yards receiving and 91 kickoff return yards.
*Wes Byrum had his first field goal miss of his junior season, but made a career-high four field goals. He has 38 as a Tiger that puts him sixth on AU's all-time list.