Auburn storms back into Top 25 rankings

The Auburn Tigers continued their seesaw ride in the national rankings.

The 15th-ranked Tigers leapt back into the Top 25 for the second time following their 16-13 win at South Carolina on Saturday. Now, they visit the No. 10 team in the nation for the second straight game with a trip to Arkansas.

They got a confidence boost with a late rally against the favored Gamecocks. Quarterback Barrett Trotter says most people didn't think Auburn could win the game "but once we get out on the field it's a whole different story."

The Tigers have some injury concerns. Leading receiver Emory Blake sustained a leg injury and cornerback Chris Davis missed the last two games. Coach Gene Chizik says their status won't be determined until late in the week.

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  • Auburn is 19-2 under Gene Chizik when leading at halftime, including 13 consecutive.
  • Auburn is now 9-1-1 all-time against South Carolina, and is 3-0 under Gene Chizik against the Gamecocks.
  • Auburn is 9-2 under head coach Gene Chizik against ranked opponents, including a 4-2 mark against Top 10 teams.
  • 56 of the 68 players that dressed played in the game.
  • Auburn forced two first half turnovers and three for the game (2 INT, 1 fumble)
  • The Auburn defense has allowed just 12 points combined in the first half of the last two games (6 vs. Florida Atlantic, 6 at South Carolina).
  • The 13 points allowed for the game by the Auburn defense are the fewest in a SEC game since a 14-12 Tigers win over Tennessee on Sept. 27, 2008. It's the fewest points allowed since a 52-3 win over ULM nearly a year ago on Oct. 2, 2010.
  • The win was the first time since 2007 that an unranked Auburn team defeated an AP Top 10 team. In 2007, the unranked Tigers defeated No. 4 Florida, 20-17, in Gainesville.
  • Auburn has now won 10 consecutive conference games and 11 straight against SEC opponents, the longest such streak since winning 11 straight SEC games and 12 consecutive against league opponents from the Alabama game in 2003 to a win at Arkansas in 2005.
  • The Tigers have won 19 of their last 20 games dating back to January 2010.
  • Auburn extended its winning streak in October to seven games, its longest winning streak in October since it won seven consecutive from 2004-05.


  • Michael Dyer's 1-yard TD run with 14:33 in the second quarter was his seventh rushing TD this season and 12th of his career.
  • Dyer finished the day with a school record-tying 41 carries for 141 yards. The 41 rushing attempts were a career high surpassing his previous high of 23 carries against S. Carolina last year.  Dyer had 21 attempts alone in the first half. It was the most carries by an Auburn player since Cadillac Williams had 40 carries vs. Syracuse on Sept. 28, 2002.
  • Michael Dyer's 41 carries ties the Auburn single game rushing attempts record with Cadillac Williams, who had 41 at Georgia in 2001.
  • Dyer now has 1,660 career rushing yards, which is 21st all-time at Auburn. He passed Curtis Kuykendall (1,619), Onterrio McCalebb (1,596), Rudi Johnson (1,567)  and Terry Henley (1,534).
  • Barrett Trotter's 9 yard touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen with 1:38 left that gave Auburn a 16-13 lead was Lutzenkirchen's 10th career touchdown reception. It tied the Auburn school TD record for tight ends with Robert Johnson (2000-02).
  • Corey Lemonier's blocked PAT midway through the first quarter marked the first time since Mike Blanc in 2010 accomplished the feat. Blanc blocked a point after attempt against Arkansas State last season.
  • With a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter, sophomore PK Cody Parkey extended his field goal streak to four consecutive games.
  • Jay Wisner's first quarter reception was his first catch since the 2009 season at Tennessee.
  • DB Demetruce McNeal's interception in the second quarter was his second INT of the season and of his career.
  • Neiko Thorpe's interception late in the third quarter was his second of the season and sixth of his career.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Athletics