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News and notes from the Auburn corners of the Internet

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

EQUESTRIAN

In a big upset, the #1 ranked Tigers fell in a meet to #9 Fresno this past weekend, 11-5. They did come back and win against Delaware State to make up for it, but the loss is still shocking.

TENNIS

Sophomore Brandon Laubser took home the singles title at the Georgia Tech Invitational this weekend.

FOOTBALL

It's always nice to win an SEC road game. It's even nicer to do it in a beat-down in Starkville. This marks the first time Auburn has won the first SEC road game of the season since 2011(!!!). You can see the initial recap from the site, here. For the more detailed breakdown of thoughts, here's my view from the couch published yesterday morning.

Jonny Dent posted a great evaluation of the offensive play calls and some of what Lashlee has been doing since he took over. This is the third week he's put these together and they just keep getting better with every week.

Things are going well for Sean White and the offense. I guess we should take him at his word when he says he loves playing on the road. He certainly seemed to do a great job against the Bulldogs.

After a quiet start to the season, Carl Lawson has been on a tear the last few games. He's come away with multi-sack games twice in recent weeks, and even forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown against Mississippi State.

The defense was absolutely stifling in the first half against Mississippi State. They did let the Bulldogs get some momentum going in the 2nd half and allowed a team to score two touchdowns in one half for the first time since last year's Iron Bowl. Kevin Steele was not too thrilled with that 2nd half performance.

We heard back in the spring and fall that Herb Hand was experimenting with different configurations of the offensive line and cross-training various players. That has paid dividends as the Tigers had to shuffle the line for the last two games following Xavier Dampeer's injury against LSU.

Sammie Coates had himself a day, yesterday. The former Tiger caught his first touchdown pass on a 72 yard bomb from Ben Roethlisberger, had his first 100+ yard receiving day, and then caught his second career touchdown to seal the game.