September 15, 2007

Notebook: Burns spark not enough for Tigers

Quarterback Kodi Burns was known as "Superman" during his high school days in Fort Smith, Ark. On Saturday in Auburn, though, not even the Man of Steel could save the day for the Tigers.

Burns entered the game in the first quarter against Mississippi State following back-to-back interceptions by fifth-year senior QB Brandon Cox. The true freshman came in and did his damage, mostly on the ground, rushing 22 times for 87 yards and a touchdown.

He sparked a lethargic offense that failed to gain a first down on its first two possessions. In addition to his running, Burns was 8-of-12 through the air for 65 yards.

However, it still wasn't enough.

Bulldogs RB Christian Ducre scored with just over five minutes left in the game, and Cox re-entered and drove the Tigers down the field only to watch as a last-ditch, fourth-down-throw into the end zone fell incomplete to five State the 19-14 win.

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