September 5, 2009

Notebook: Big debut for new AU offense

When Terrell Zachery was a star at Wadley (Ala.) High School, one of the smallest schools in the state, he was known as a game changer.

Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium, on one of the biggest stages in college football, Auburn fans finally got to see why.

With Auburn backed up to its own 7-yard line and beating Louisiana Tech by just a field goal early in the third quarter, senior quarterback Chris Todd found Zachery racing alone down the sideline. It was a stop-and-go. The defensive back stopped. Zachery kept going.

Todd placed the ball perfectly. He hit Zachery in stride. The result was the longest offensive passing play in Auburn history, a 93-yard touchdown pass. It was also the turning point in the game.

Zachery's touchdown, along with the extra point, put the Tigers up 20-10. Auburn outscored La. Tech 17-3 the rest of the way en route to a 37-13 victory for Gene Chizik in his debut as Auburn's new head coach.

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