Western Kentucky (7-4) at Maroon (4-6)
3 p.m. CST Saturday (SEC Network)
Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn
2 Previous games between Auburn and Western Kentucky. The Tigers defeated the Hilltoppers 48-3 on November 27, 2003 and 37-14 on November 24, 2005.
2 Auburn players have recorded at least 20 sacks and 30 tackles for loss this century – Quentin Groves with 26 sacks and 37 tackles for loss from 2004-2007 and Antonio Coleman with 24.5 sacks and 46.5 tackles for loss from 2006-2009 .Auburn LB Derick Hall needs 0.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles from the loss to join the group.
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3 100-yard rushing plays for Auburn RB Jarquez Hunter. In each, Auburn RB Tank Bigsby also ran 100 yards. In a 60-10 win over Akron on September 4, 2021, Bigsby had 119 rushing yards and Hunter had 110. In a 62-0 win over Alabama State on September 11, 2021, Hunter had 147 rushing yards and Bigsby had 122 at 13: 10 win against Texas A&M last week, Hunter and Bigsby each had 121 rushing yards. Bigsby had 12 100-yard rushing games in his career.
3 Years since Western Kentucky’s previous non-conference game in November. The Hilltoppers defeated Arkansas 45-19 on November 9, 2019. Since then, Western Kentucky’s November schedule through Saturday’s game has consisted of Conference USA competitions. This is one of four Hilltoppers wins against SEC opponents. WKU also defeated Kentucky in 2012 and 2013 and Vanderbilt in 2015. The Hilltoppers have won four of their last nine encounters with SEC opponents.
3 SEC players have scored more points than Auburn K Anders Carlson, who has 410 in his career. Auburn’s Daniel Carlson, Anders Carlson’s brother, holds the SEC record with 480 points from 2014-2017. Georgia K. Rodrigo Blankenship scored 440 points from 2016-2019 and Georgia K. Blair Walsh scored 412 points from 2008-2011.
5 Wins without losing against Conference USA opponents for Auburn. The Tigers defeated Tulane in 2006, Southern Miss in 2008 and 2018, Florida Atlantic in 2013, and Louisiana Tech in 2014.
6 First downs were scored by the Auburn offense from a penalty against opposing defenses, which are the lowest in the nation this season with the Air Force and Army. Western Kentucky won 20 first downs through penalties from their opponents.
8th Auburn players had more rushing yards than RB Tank Bigsby, who moved up to ninth place by overtaking Ronnie Brown on the school’s all-time list in the Tigers’ previous game. With 2,731 rushing yards, Bigsby 58 trails No. 8 Brent Fullwood.
30 Takeaways for Western Kentucky this season, three more than any other team in the nation. The Hilltoppers are level on points with Illinois for the national lead with 17 interceptions and have recovered 13 of their opponents’ fumbles in 2022. Western Kentucky has a revenue margin of plus 14, making it the second best in the nation. Auburn, which has lost 20 turnovers this season, has a turnover margin of minus 10. Only five teams in the country are worse.
32 years since Auburn lost an out-of-conference game in November. The Tigers’ most recent loss in a nonconference game in month 11 came on November 10, 1990, when Auburn fell to Southern Miss 13–12. Since that game, the Tigers have won all 23 of their non-conference games in November. In those games, Auburn has beaten Louisiana-Monroe five times, Samford three times, Alabama A&M, New Mexico State and UCF twice each, and Louisiana, East Carolina, Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee-Martin, Furman, Chattanooga, Idaho and Liberty once each.
45 Receiving yards are needed by Western Kentucky WR Malachi Corley to reach 1,000 for the 2022 season. Corley has 70 receptions for 955 yards and seven TDs this season.
46 Consecutive wins for Auburn in home games against unranked non-conference opponents. The youngest non-SEC team to come into Jordan-Hare Stadium unranked and upend the Tigers is South Florida, who recorded a 26-23 win on September 7, 2007. Both Auburn and South Florida went 9-4 this season.
60 Plays for Auburn TE John Samuel Shenker, most in school history. In last week’s 13-10 win over Texas A&M, Shenker LB overtook TD Moultry as the sole record holder. Moultry played in 59 games from 2017 to 2021.
127 Consecutive games without being ruled out for Auburn, second-longest streak in school history. Auburn’s most recent shutout loss came on November 17, 2012, 0:49 to Alabama. Auburn’s record streak lasted 149 games, beginning with a 55-16 win over Richmond on October 4, 1980, and ending with a 17-0 loss to Alabama on November 26, 1992.
151 Points were scored by Western Kentucky in the second quarter of this season. The Hilltoppers have a 94-point lead going into the second period of 2022. Auburn was outplayed 104-67 in the second quarter of this season.
549 Rushing yards for Auburn QB Robby Ashford, who is ranked 10th on the Tigers’ all-time Newman list. Two other current Tigers make the list — RB Tank Bigsby in second place with 834 rushing yards in 2020 and RB Jarquez Hunter in ninth place with 593 rushing yards in 2021.
3,550 Passing yards for Western Kentucky QB Austin Reed this season, the second most in the nation. Reed has completed 299 of 441 passes with 31 TDs and seven interceptions.
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