Auburn-Arkansas Game Notes
Here are this week’s Auburn-Arkansas Game Notes (Courtesy of the Auburn Athletic Dept)…
- Auburn and Arkansas will play in the 22nd meeting between the teams. Auburn holds an 11-9-1 advantage in the series history.
- The teams have split the last 10 meetings, with Arkansas winning four of the last six matchups.
- Auburn holds a 5-3-1 advantage in all games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The teams are tied 4-4 in games played at Fayetteville. Auburn won the only matchup played in Memphis (1984), while Arkansas won the only contest played at Little Rock (1995).
- Through the first 21 games in the series, Arkansas has outscored Auburn by a total of just 513-491, an average differential of just one point per contest.
- The first 10 games (1984-2000) of the series featured six games decided by six points or less, including one tie. Only three games were decided by more than 17 points.
- In contrast, the last 10 games (2002-2011) of the series have featured seven games decided by 13 points or more, including five decided by 17 points or more.
- When the Auburn-Arkansas game kicks off, the Tigers will have a total of 38 players with at least one game of starting experience during their college careers. Tops among those are: Daren Bates (39); Nosa Eguae (24); Philip Lutzenkirchen (21); Emory Blake (19); and Corey Lemonier and Onterio McCalebb (18).
- Making their first career starts for Auburn during the 2012 season have been eight players: Angelo Blackson and Trent Fisher on defense; Kiehl Frazier, Jay Prosch, Tunde Fariyike, Greg Robinson, Avery Young and Patrick Miller on offense.
- Twenty different players have seen their first career action for Auburn this season. The complete list: Mike Blakely, Sammie Coates, Kris Frost, Justin Garrett, Corey Grant, Forrest Hill, Joshua Holsey, Jonathan Jones, Jake Lembke, Ricardo Louis, Cassanova McKinzy, Patrick Miller, Jay Prosch, Melvin Ray, Greg Robinson, Jordan Spriggs, Anthony Swain, Jonathan Wallace, Christian Westerman and Avery Young.
- The Tigers are 6-2 in games with a morning kickoff (pre-noon local time) under head coach Gene Chizik, dating back through 2009.
- Auburn has won 75 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points. The last time the Tigers lost when registering at least 30 points was a 56-49, four overtime loss to Georgia in 1996. In its history, Auburn is now 292-4 all-time when scoring at least 30 points.
- Members of the 1972 Auburn team, affectionately known as The Amazin’s, will celebrate their 40th anniversary reunion in pregame festivities.
- The Auburn field goal defense unit has already blocked three kicks this season, two by Angelo Blackson and one by Corey Lemonier.
- Coach Gene Chizik is 31-13 in his fourth season as head coach at Auburn; 36-32 in his sixth season overall as a college head coach.
- Auburn has averaged crowds of more than 80,000 per game at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the last 19 seasons, including an 85,968 average this season; Auburn is 14-2 in its last 16 home games.
- Onterio McCalebb leads the SEC and ranks third nationally in kick return average (36.83); Auburn as a team leads the SEC in kickoff return average (31.5) as well
- Philip Lutzenkirchen’s five-reception performance against LSU marked the most catches by an Auburn tight end since Cooper Wallace had five receptions at Georgia in 2003.
- Linebacker Daren Bates leads the SEC with 11.75 tackles per game.