Auburn 33, Ole Miss 20 Game Notes: Part I

News and notes from Auburn's football victory over Ole Miss are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--With Onterio McCalebb held out of action with an ankle injury that has bothered him the past month, Mario Fannin chipped in as a runner and receiver in Auburn's SEC football victory over Ole Miss on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Fannin ran the ball six times for 35 yards and added three catches for 35 more yards in Auburn's 33-20 win.

"The game went great," the Auburn junior said. "The defense made some plays for us. We kept up the intensity and fed off what the defense. Everybody came together for this win."

Fannin had praise for the offensive line. "They played good and fought hard in the trenches and that is where it really starts at,"?he said.

Fannin and the Tigers improved to 6-3 with the victory and will look for their next win with a 12:30 p.m. CST Homecoming game vs. Furman next Saturday.

In other news and notes:

*After playing a school record five home night games, the Tigers had a day game for the first time in the 2009 season.

*With Saturday's contest against Ole Miss, Auburn played a team ranked 24th in the Associated Press poll for only the second time. The only other matchup came in a 1996 Independence Bowl victory over Army.

*Ole Miss still trails by a distinct margin in the series against Auburn. The Tigers still lead the Rebels 25-9 in the series and 12-2 in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers and Rebels met Saturday for the 20th straight season.

*Auburn is 7-6-1 in games played on Halloween, October 31. Before Saturday, the Tigers hadn't played on October 31 since a 24-21 loss to Arkansas in 1998. From 1953 to 1987, Auburn played six times on Halloween, winning five of six—all against Florida.

*Auburn All-American fullback, linebacker and record-setting placekicker Dr. Ed Dyas was recognized prior to the Auburn-Ole Miss for his recent selection for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Dyas set an NCAA record at the time with 13 fields goals in the 1960 season, including three each in Auburn's 9-6 win over Georgia in the first meeting between the Tigers and Bulldogs in Jordan-Hare Stadium and in a 9-7 victory over Georgia Tech.

An Academic All-American for Auburn, Dyas opted for a career in medicine rather than pro football. A resident of Mobile, Dyas is a retired orthopedic surgeon.

*Captains for Auburn Saturday were Chris Todd, Antonio Coleman and Walter McFadden. The Tigers won the toss and deferred to the second half with Ole Miss choosing to receive. The Rebels scored on a 94-yard drive to open the game after Auburn failed to recover a fumble inside the 10-yard on a return from the end zone.


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