Part 1: Auburn vs. NMSU News, Notes & Quotes

Jay Prosch

Notes from Auburn's 42-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, Ala.--Transfer fullback Jay Prosch loves the physical nature of football. It just hasn't been a lot of fun for him in his first year at Auburn with the Tigers struggling and the death of his mother from cancer earlier this season.

But Saturday was a different.

"There was a lot of fun out there today," siad the six-foot, 260-pound junior, who is known for punishing linebackers to allow running backs to follow.

Not only did he help lead running backs Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb to 100-yard rushing days Saturday, he got in on the fun himself with his first collegiate touchdown and another carry that resulted in a first down.

"The last time I scored a touchdown was my senior year at UMS in Mobile," Prosch recalls. "But I only scored three touchdowns so it's pretty unusual for me to score."

Prosch's one-yard touchdown blast up the middle came on the opening drive of the second half to give Auburn a 14-7 lead. The play may not have happened if it hadn't been for a fumble recovery by Prosch at the other end of the 80-yard, seven-play drive. He fell on a fumbled kickoff return by McCalebb at Auburn's 20 and the offense took over from that point.

In his two years at Illinois where Prosch earned All-American honors at fullback, he ran the ball only a handful of times. He transferred to Auburn this year to be close to his mother in Mobile before she lost her battle with cancer.

Prosch relishes his role as a blocker, but admits he wouldn't mind some more carries and pass receptions. For the season, he has rushed five times for 17 yards and caught four passes for 18 yards.

The play of Prosch has earned Coach Gene Chizik's admiration.

"I love watching Jay Prosch play," Chizik said. "To be honest with you, he probably needs to get the football more. I don't think he has ever been stopped on a third and two. I love to watch him block. I love watching him catch the football. I love watching him run the ball. He is a fun player to watch.

"The reason he is a fun player to watch is because he loves the game," the coach added. "It doesn't matter what you ask him to do. You could him at offensive guard and he would love it so I am very happy for him."

Prosch said he believe the Tigers can build from Saturday's 42-7 win over New Mexico State, which now has a less than impressive 1-8 record. "It doesn't matter what their record is. It's more about us playing better and that's what we did today," Prosch points out. "We'll see what happens the rest of the season."

In other news and notes:

*With C.J. Uzomah out with a broken finger suffered during practice leading up to the New Mexico State game, sophomore Brandon Fulse opened at tight end for the Tigers. The sophomore Uzomah was starting for senior Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn's senior all-time touchdown scorer as a tight end whose collegiate career came to an end with a hip injury that required surgery two weeks ago.

Uzomah had his best game at Auburn in the previous week's loss to Texas A&M with three catches for 90 yards. That included his first touchdown reception, a 27-yarder from true freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace for Wallace's first career TD pass for the Tigers.

*Wide receiver Trovon Reed wore No. 37 in tribute the LaDarius Phillips, one of two former Auburn players – the other was Ed Christian--killed in a pre-season shooting in Auburn. Reed, who normally wears No. 1, caught the first touchdown pass of his Auburn career. The junior raced 40 yards with a couple of nice moves after taking the pass from Jonathan Wallace. It was the longest reception of Reed's career.

*Nosa Equae started his fourth straight game at defensive end in place of Dee Ford, who is still isn't full speed but healthy enough to see some action.

*After true freshman Cassanova McKinzy started ahead of Jake Holland at middle linebacker against Vanderbilt two games earlier when he led the Tigers with 12 tackles, Holland was back in the starting lineup against New Mexico State. It was Holland's second consecutive start after McKinzy's breakout game against Vandy. McKinzy played a couple of series late in the game. Holland finished with seven tackles, second to Demetruce McNeal's 10 stops. McKinzy recorded one tackle.

*Auburn captains against New Mexico State were seniors T'Sharvan Bell, Emory Blake, Onterio McCalebb and Daren Bates. New Mexico State won the toss and chose to receive. Chizik said earlier in the week the Tigers may depart from deferring and take the ball instead if they won the toss and noted on Saturday that was the plan.

*Auburn improved to 3-0 against New Mexico State. Prior to Saturday's homecoming win over the Aggies, the Tigers had wins of 55-14 in 1993 and 55-20 in 2007. Auburn is 16-0-1 against members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

*The Tigers are now 73-8-5 on Homecoming with a record 21 straight wins in those games. Auburn's last homecoming loss was Oct. 29, 1991 when the Tigers were defeated 24-17 by Mississippi State.

*Quan Bray's 38-yard punt return was a career long for him. It was the longest by an Auburn player since a 66-yard return for a score by Robert Dunn in 2008 against ULM.

*Demetruce McNeal had his first career fumble recovery on a muffed NMSU punt in the fourth quarter.

*With 311 rushing yards against the Aggies, Auburn topped the 300-yard rushing mark for the first time since gaining 315 against Georgia in 2010.

*Auburn has now won 76 consecutive games when scoring 30 points or more.

*Blanche Alverson, a four-year starter on the women's basketball team from Andalusia, was announced as Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies. She is a Biomedical Science major. Other finalists were: Kathryn Crowley, Building Science major from Shaker Heights, Ohio; Anna Davidson, Radio, Film and Television major from hoover; Mallory Gilliand, Hotel and Restaurant Management major from Concordia , Kan.; and Becca Goad, Pre-Optometry/Biomedical Science major from Clarksville, Tenn.

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