Despite allegations swirling about his recruitment last year, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton showed no ill effects. The junior threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns and added 24 yards and another touchdown on the ground. He did it all in one half, too.
Auburn showed no sign of a letdown, racing 62 yards on two plays to open the game. After a 32-yard screen pass to Terrell Zachery and a 30-yard pass to Darvin Adams, the Tigers led 7-0 after 32 seconds.
The Tigers’ coaches pulled Newton at halftime and most of the defensive starters in the second quarter, giving a group of inexperienced backups valuable playing time for the rest of the game. It might not pay off this year but should be valuable when Auburn loses 24 seniors after the season.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I feel 10-0.”
— Newton, when asked whether he feels different after allegations about his recruitment.
BY THE NUMBERS
148 & 106
Receiving yards by Terrell Zachery and Darvin Adams.
The last time Auburn had two 100-yard receivers in the same game. Ronney Daniels (120 yards) and Markeith Cooper (105) did it against LSU.
Times in modern history that Auburn has rushed for 300 yards and passed for 300 yards in the same game.
First-half points by the Tigers, the most they’ve had in a first half since scoring 49 the last time they played Chattanooga, in 1995.
Points Auburn finished with Saturday. It was the fifth time it has scored at least 50 points this season, a school record.
— Andy Bitter