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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.
Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama looming. It was Auburn's longest fumble return for a score since 1969.
The rushing outburst helped take pressure off freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace in his first start and gave beleaguered fans something to cheer. The Tigers got season-highs in points and yards with 475 to send the Aggies (1-8) to their eighth straight defeat.
Mason had 22 carries, including a 40-yarder, and scored on a 5-yard run. McCalebb's eight rushes were highlighted by touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards.
Wallace was solid in his starting debut and provided a spark for the nation's 120th-rated offense.
He completed 9 of 16 passes for 164 yards. He had a throw into double coverage near the goal line intercepted but also threw a 40-yard touchdown to Trovon Reed in the fourth. Reed was sporting the No. 37 jersey in honor of former teammate Ladarious Phillips, who was among three people killed during a pool-party shooting over the summer.
The elusive Wallace only ran three times for 9 yards, but that threat opened up opportunities for Mason and the speedy McCalebb. He also managed to avoid getting sacked after Auburn had allowed 29 sacks on the season.
The two tailbacks had only one 100-yard effort apiece entering the game.
Bates provided the biggest highlight play in a season full of lowlights. He scooped up the ball and rambled toward the end zone, stiff-arming Germi Morrison to the ground at the 20.
Andrew Manley completed 17 of 30 passes for 222 yards but was sacked four times. Austin Franklin gained 154 yards on seven catches, including a 51-yarder.
Auburn's defense rebounded after giving up 671 yards -- the most ever yielded by the Tigers -- against No. 16 Texas A&M.
New Mexico State didn't score until Tiger Powell's 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Aggies were outgained 475-305.
The Tigers' 7-0 lead at halftime was their first since going up 10-9 on No. 5 LSU on Sept. 22. It came courtesy of Mason's run to cap a 13-play, 89-yard drive
Fullback Jay Prosch then scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run to cap Auburn's opening drive of the second half.
The Tigers also scored on drives of 80, 96 and 77 yards.
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday. Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia...
Time for today's "there's a possibility but no chance" coaching rumor of the day. The Alabama blog I Bleed Crimson Red claims that first-year Arizona head football coach Rich Rodriguez is the top candidate to replace Auburn HC Gene Chizik.
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Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.
Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama...
Daren Bates of Auburn. It’s simple, really. When you not only use one arm to avoid being tackled, clearly you’ve done good work. When that “tackler” goes flying in the other direction video game-style, well, you’ve displayed a truly special stiff arm. This is one of those moments, and the dive on the end only [...]
Tweet Not much has gone right for Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers this season. Entering today they were 1-7 overall and winless (0-6) in SEC play. But this is homecoming weekend at Auburn and New Mexico State (1-7, 0-4 in WAC) is in town. The Tigers are in good shape to secure win [...]
Sure it was only against New Mexico State, but Auburn Tigers linebacker Daren Bates had some slick moves during this fumble return for a touchdown. He started it off with a nice spin move, and finished it with an absolutely devastating stiff arm. He made it look like he should be playing running back for them. The superman dive into the end zone for an unsportsmanlike conduct...
The combined record of the New Mexico State Aggies and the Auburn Tigers is 2-14. Let that sink in. The only difference, I guess, is that Auburn has losses to LSU, Texas A&M, and Clemson, while the Aggies have losses to Idaho and UT-San Antonio on their resume. You look at Auburn as an Auburn fan and you just think we're bad, but when you put them up against New Mexico State...
I'm pushing a B average, but it's going to take a few weeks of perfection to get up there for good. Mom Blogle never accepted a C, and I didn't make one until 11th grade Chemistry. Oh well, she's just gonna have to get over it in this case. I bet Brando is doing worse than 77%.
Last Week: 5-3
This Week: 0-0Overall: 67-20 (77.0%)
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Auburn hasn't had much to cheer about this season. The Tigers are having a miserable year, and coach Gene Chizik is likely to be fired after the...
Senior linebacker Daren Bates talks about his highlight real 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown and the energy it brought to the Auburn sideline.
Auburn freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace directed the Tigers to a 42-7 win over New Mexico State.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik talks about his team's 42-7 Homecoming win over New Mexico State as the Tigers picked up their second win of the season heading into the Georgia game.
Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace's first college start was a successful one as the Tigers took a 42-7 Homecoming football victory.