Auburn Football News: Tigers Breeze By San José State, 59-13

After a wild start that included two fumbles in the first five minutes, the Tigers settled down en route to a 38-10 halftime lead.

Our full first-half recap

Auburn continued to make moves on the ground, and their final rushing total - 358 yards - told the story of the night.

The second half began with the Spartans putting together a solid drive - unfortunately for them, kicker Austin Lopez whiffed on a 29-yarder that would have made it 38-13.

Lopez made amends one drive later, nailing a 24-yarder, but those points would prove to be the Spartans' last.

Auburn QB Nick Marshall responded with a 27-yard touchdown run on a QB draw executed to perfection, and the Tigers hit cruise control from there.

Jeremy Johnson took over under center for the Tigers in the fourth, and connected with WR Melvin Gray for two 15-yard completions before running it in for the TD himself.

At 52-13 with almost the entire fourth quarter remaining, the Spartans players looked like they'd rather be anywhere else.

Freshman RB Roc Thomas got the rest of the action, scoring after a fumble set him up at the three-yard-line and getting eight straight carries on the next drive. Thomas eventually fumbled the ball away, but at 59-13 there was no coming back for the Spartans. Auburn looked excellent after shaking off the early jitters, and this result will give the Tigers plenty of confidence heading into their next game against Kansas State.

Game MVPs: Nick Marshall and Cameron Artis-Payne.

Both players racked up over 100 rushing yards, and between the two of them they accounted for 35 of Auburn's 59 points. It'll be fascinating to watch them develop as the season goes on.


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