October 31, 2009

Big plays spark offense

In the last two games, Auburn's offense managed just one play of 20 or more yards. Saturday, against Ole Miss, the Tigers produced five big plays as they rolled to a 33-20 win over Ole Miss snapping a three-game losing streak.

Quarterback Chris Todd hooked up with receiver Terrell Zachery on two of the biggest plays.

The pair connected on a 42-yard pass on the second quarter to set up AU's first touchdown of the game and give the Tigers a 10-7 halftime lead.

In a wild third quarter, Todd and Zachery connected again -- on a 41-yard pass -- that set up AU's second TD and began a thrilling six minute stretch that saw both teams combine for 36 points.

On both plays, Zachery was well covered but it went up and beat the defenders for the ball each time.

"They were great catches. He had to go up over a guy or even two guys," AU head coach Gene Chizik said. "…Those are two big-time plays. I thought that really, really sparked us. That was the spark that we needed. That certainly is what we did earlier in the year. It was good to see us come back today and make a couple of those."

Running back Ben Tate also got in on the big-play action, taking it over the right side for a 53-yard touchdown run that put Auburn up 31-7. His 144 yards gave him 1,067 on the season and 3,026 for his career, which is fifth all-time in AU history.

But it was Zachery that Tate wanted to talk about after the game.

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