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Auburn-Georgia Notebook: A special moment

AUBURN – It was a moment Mike Dyer will surely never forget.

Moments earlier, as Dyer had broken Bo Jackson’s record for rushing yards by an Auburn freshman. The video board showed him on the sideline. Then up walked Jackson himself, who gave him a hug and kiss on the cheek. The Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd of 87,411 roared.

Dyer rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries in Auburn’s 49-31 rout of Georgia on Saturday. He has 859 rushing yards on the season, breaking the record of 829 set by Jackson in 1982. …

Quarterback Cam Newton earned his own piece of history, becoming the first Southeastern Conference player to rush for at least 1,000 yards and pass for at least 2,000 yards in the same season. Newton has broken Auburn’s all-time record for total offense with 3,335 yards. He has been responsible for 39 touchdowns, a school record, and leads the nation in that category. Newton has also broken the Auburn record for points scored in a season with 108. …

Auburn is 11-0 for the third time in school history. The Tigers finished the 1993 season 11-0 and went 13-0 in 2004. …

Auburn will go into the Iron Bowl with a perfect record for the fourth time in school history. The Tigers won 40-0 in 1957 to go finish 10-0 and win the national championship. They were 9-0 in 1971 before losing 31-7. They won 22-14 in 1993 and 21-13 in 2004. …

Sophomore tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen caught two second-half touchdown passes to give him four for the season. …

With Saturday’s 49-point performance, the Tigers are the highest-scoring team in school history with 471 points, breaking the record of 438 set by the 2005 team. …

With 315-yard performance, the Tigers have rushed for 300-plus yards in six consecutive SEC games. Georgia entered the game No. 13 nationally in rushing defense, giving up 106.4 yards per game. …

Auburn has scored in 21 consecutive quarters, beginning with the fourth quarter against Kentucky on Oct. 4. …

Offensive tackle Lee Ziemba tied Will Herring’s Auburn record with his 49th consecutive start. …

The Tigers will make their third appearance in the SEC Championship Game. They lost 30-29 to Tennessee in 1997 and beat Tennessee 38-28 in 2004. …

East Division champion South Carolina will make its first appearance in the SEC Championship Game. ..

East Division teams have just three wins over West Division teams this season. Ole Miss has losses to Vanderbilt and Tennessee and Alabama to South Carolina. …

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, who was 5-19 in two seasons at Iowa State, is now 19-5 in two seasons at Auburn, making his career record 19-19. …

Auburn executed an onside kick to start the second half. Here’s what Chizik had to say about the call:

“That’s a very potent offense, and we felt really good about (the onside kick) during the week. We needed to take one possession from them in the second half. We needed some momentum coming out. We told our guys in the locker room at halftime, ‘It’s up and running and you have to get it.’”

Wes Byrum executed the kick to perfection and grabbed it himself at the 41-yard line. Auburn drove to a touchdown to take a 28-21 lead. …

Auburn defensive tackle Mike Blanc and defensive end Michael Goggans were ejected late in the fourth quarter after a confrontation on the Georgia sideline. Their status for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 26 is uncertain. Chizik was not happy with those and other personal foul calls.

“I’m just really disappointed in that,” Chizik said. “That’s a reflection on us as coaches, and I’m embarrassed by it. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we carry ourselves, and we will address that (Sunday).”

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