AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Carnell Williams ran for 170 yards and two
touchdowns and Auburn returned two fumbles for scores as the Tigers
beat Vanderbilt 31-6 Saturday in the SEC opener for both teams.
On his 20th and final carry of the day, Williams ran for a
65-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to help Auburn (2-1)
win its 10th straight conference opener and 11th straight against
The Commodores blew any chance at a comeback when Auburn's Mayo
Sowell knocked the ball loose from redshirt freshman quarterback
Jay Cutler early in the fourth quarter. Spencer Johnson picked it
up and ran 27 yards for the game's final score.
Karlos Dansby also forced a fumble by Cutler and brought it back
for a 7-yard TD in the first half. Vanderbilt committed four
turnovers in blustery conditions.
The weather didn't affect the accuracy of Auburn quarterback
Daniel Cobb, though. He was 13-of-18 for 143 yards.
Cutler was 11-of-22 for 120 yards but was intercepted twice, one
week after he accounted for five touchdowns in a win over Furman.
The Tigers led just 14-6 at halftime, their offense stifled by a
blocked field goal on the opening series and a fumble, both of
which came after the team had driven inside the Commodores' 10-yard
Auburn scored shortly after the blocked field goal, when Dansby
ran untouched into the backfield and nailed Cutler. Dansby scooped
the ball up for Auburn's first fumble return for a touchdown since
Williams ran for a 23-yard TD on Auburn's next possession, but
Vandy added two field goals by Greg Johnson in the second quarter.
Williams shook off a tackle at the line and ran untouched along
the left sideline for his 65-yarder. He sat out the fourth quarter.
Williams has five touchdowns this season, all on runs of 20-plus