Auburn Tigers Game Notes - Week #1 (Utah St.)

Auburn begins its 119th year of football when it hosts Utah State in the first meeting between the two schools. The game, which is the season opener for both schools, begins at 11 a.m. CT and will be carried nationally by ESPN2.


Auburn has a 91-25-2 record in season-opening games. Auburn has won 20 of its last 25 openers, including a current streak of four straight wins.


Auburn's 91 season-opening victories is just one win behind Alabama for the most among the 12 Southeastern Conference schools.

Auburn enters the 2011 season having won 15 consecutive games, which is tied for the third longest streak in team history. Auburn has also won eight straight at Jordan-Hare Stadium and needs one more win to tie for the 11th longest streak in team history at nine straight wins.

QB Barrett Trotter looks to extend a four-game win streak by Auburn QB's making their first career start when he takes the first snap for the Tigers against Utah State.

The Tigers are one of two teams in the FBS to return a pair of running backs who eclipsed 800 yards last season. Michael Dyer set an AU freshman record by rushing for 1093 yards last season, while Onterio McCalebb rushed for 810 yards in 2010.

Auburn has never had a pair of returning running backs who each rushed for 800 yards or more the previous season.

Auburn is 15-0-1 against current members of the Western Athletic Conference. Auburn last met a team from the WAC in the 2009 season opener, Gene Chizik's first game as Auburn head coach. The Tigers defeated Louisiana Tech 37-13 in that game.

Auburn is nationally ranked to begin the season for the eighth time in the last nine years, coming in at No. 23 by the Associated Press and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

A year after the largest senior class (24) in program history, the Tigers go into 2011 with 11 seniors with playing experience on the roster tying for the third smallest senior class in the modern era. The 2001 Tigers also featured 11 seniors, while the 1978 team had just nine seniors.

Auburn has had 11 straight winning seasons at Jordan-Hare Stadium, which is now in its 72nd year as the Tigers' home. Auburn is 65-15 (.813) at home since the 2000 season.

Auburn has won 65 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points in a game, dating back to a 56-49, four-overtime loss to Georgia in 1996.

Auburn has posted a winning record in September in each of the past seven seasons, and 27 of the last 29. The Tigers have won nine straight games in September and 14 of the last 15.

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INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics Dept.