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Auburn football: Keys to Tigers' win over Kentucky

GAMELINE

KEY PLAYER

Quarterback Cam Newton again stole the show, accounting for 408 total yards (210 passing and 198 rushing) and running for four touchdowns (all in the first half). He tied the school’s single-game quarterback rushing touchdown record, matching Phil Gargis’ feat against Florida State in 1976.

KEY MOMENT

Kicker Wes Byrum lined up for a chip-shot, 24-yard field goal, although the circumstances were anything but routine. He drilled it as the clock expired, breaking a 34-all tie to get the Tigers to the midway point of the season unbeaten.

KEY DECISION

With the game knotted at 34 and its defense gassed, Auburn got the ball at its 7 with 7:22 left. The Tigers proceeded to milk the clock, methodically pushing the ball down the field in small chunks while minutes ticked away. They eased up once they got into a comfortable field-goal range for Byrum, never allowing Kentucky another chance to get the ball.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“It’s one of those things where we are just really lucky to have a good quarterback like we do that can step up with plays that keep the drive alive.” — Auburn DE Zach Clayton, on Newton’s performance on the winning drive.

BY THE NUMBERS

19

Plays on Auburn’s 86-yard scoring drive that ended with Byrum’s winning field goal. In terms of plays, it’s tied for the second-longest in school history. The longest was a 20-play drive against West Virginia in 2008 that ended with a field goal.

60

Straight games Auburn has won when it has scored 30 or more points, a streak that dates back to 1996.

51

Wes Byrum’s career field goals, one more than John Vaughn’s former school record.

21

Touchdowns Newton has been responsible for this season (12 passing, nine rushing), eighth on the Tigers’ single-season list.

— Andy Bitter

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