After catching only two passes his first two seasons for the Tigers, the junior wide receiver from Wadley scored on an end-around from 67 yards on Auburn's fourth play of the game Saturday against Alabama to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead following Wes Bryum's extra point.
It was Zachery's sixth touchdown of the season and his first rushing touchdown. The 6-1, 203-pound Zachery has three touchdowns of at least 60 yards and five of at least 30 yards this year. His touchdown run on which he raced down the sideline before cutting back across the field the final 20 yards was the longest every by an Auburn receiver against Alabama.
Zachery said his long run was a culmination of a season's work. "It was a result of everything we've been doing all year and it paid off for us on that play," he commented.
While Zachery thought Auburn played well against Alabama, he said, "It would have been nice to come out of here with a win. That's what we thought we could do."
Zachery and his fellow Tigers aren't through for the season that stands at 7-5 after 26-21 loss to the Crimson Tide that went down the final play of the game before it was decided.
"We still have the bowl game left and we need to finish our season strong," he said.
In other news and notes:
*Auburn's 1989 SEC championship team under Pat Dye and the team that beat Alabama 30-20 in the first time the Crimson Tide played at Auburn were recognized prior to Saturday's game.
*Auburn captains were all seniors--quarterback Chris Todd, cornerback Walter McFadden and defensive end Antonio Coleman. Alabama won the toss and elected to receive. The Tigers held the Tide on a three-and-out, then scored in four plays on a 67-yard reverse run by Terrell Zachary after only 3:20 had elapsed in the first quarter.
Auburn's opening drive used 1:42 off the clock, making the Tigers' 25th scoring drive of the season that took less than two minutes. Chris Todd's 72-yard touchdown pass to Darvin Adams in the third quarter took only two plays 47 seconds for the Tigers' 26th scoring drive of less than two minutes. Twenty-three of those 26 drives have resulted in touchdowns.
The Tigers held Alabama without a first-quarter touchdown for the 13th straight year. The last time Alabama scored in the first quarter against Auburn was in 1996.
Auburn's 119 yards rushing in the first quarter was more than six of Alabama's previous seven SEC opponents had for the entire game. Only Kentucky (133) had more yards rushing during an entire game against Alabama than Auburn had in the first quarter. The Tigers finished with 151 yards on the ground, the most against Alabama this season.
*Auburn and Alabama both have a lot of players returning next season. Auburn's offense listed only four seniors on its first two units--Andrew McCain at right tackle, Tommy Trott at tight end, Chris Todd at quarterback and Ben Tate at running back. The same is true for the Tiger defense with four three on the first two units--end Antonio Coleman, tackle Jake Ricks and cornerback Walter McFadden. Alabama only has five players who are seniors on its two-deep offensive chart and seven on defense.
Eighteen of the last 22 meetings between the Tide and Tigers have been decided by 10 points or less.
The Tigers have scored five non-offensive touchdowns this season, including three on defense and a returned blocked point after attempt. The other came on Desmond Washington's 97-yard kickoff return against Georgia.
Auburn is 7-7-1 in games played on November 27. The last seven times the Tigers have played on this date it has been against Alabama. The Tide leads those games 4-3. The last meeting on November 27 before Saturday was at Legion Field in Birmingham in 1987 when the seventh-ranked Tigers shut out the Crimson Tide 10-0 under Coach Pat Dye. Auburn's 1982 23-22 victory over the Tide on November 27 at Legion Field was the famous "Bo Over the Top" contest that ended Auburn's nine-game losing streak to Alabama and was the last time Coach Bear Bryant coached against Auburn before retiring.
Early arrivals to Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday were treated to about a 20-minute highlight of Auburn's 30-20 win over second-ranked and unbeaten Alabama on Dec. 2, 1989, the first time the Crimson Tide played at Auburn.