Scores

Final

Mississippi St 24

(1-1, 0-1 SEC)

Auburn 49

(2-0, 1-0 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Jordan-Hare Stadium, AUBURN, AL

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 0 17 0 724
AUB 14 14 14 749

Top Performers

Passing: C. Todd (AUB) - 186 YDS

Rushing: B. Tate (AUB) - 20 CAR, 157 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Adams (AUB) - 5 REC, 116 YDS

Burns runs for three TDs as Auburn drops Mississippi State

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Kodi Burns had three 1-yard touchdown runs and threw for another in Auburn's 49-24 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

The Tigers' diversified new offense gained 589 yards to help Auburn score its most points in an SEC game since 2005 -- a year after these two teams played to a 3-2 final won by Auburn.

Ben Tate ran for 159 yards and Onterio McCalebb got 120 yards, becoming the first freshman to run for more than 100 in his first two games at Auburn (2-0, 1-0).

Burns, the Tigers' former starting QB, took snaps from offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's wildcat formation on all four TDs he had a hand in, including the 13-yard pass to tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.

Quarterback Chris Todd was 10 of 23 for 186 yards and no interceptions.

Anthony Dixon carried 20 times for 92 yards and a score for Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) after sitting out a game's suspension following a DUI arrest.

Darvin Adams caught five passes for 116 yards, all in the first half.

Mississippi State went ahead 17-14 when Patrick Hanrahan blocked a punt and Robert Elliott returned it 10 yards for a touchdown about five minutes before halftime.

On Auburn's next possession, McCalebb took a pitch around left end 48 yards for a touchdown. Burns added a scoring run from the wildcat to give Auburn a 28-17 lead at halftime.

Auburn continued to dominate in the second half, scoring twice in the third quarter -- on Burns pass to Lutzenkirchen and on a 35-yard run by Tate. It was Lutzenkirchen's first career reception.

Mississippi State got a one-yard touchdown run by Christian Ducre early in the fourth quarter before Burns scored on another one-yard run from the wildcat with 5:19 left.

The teams traded scores in a wild first quarter before Auburn took charge late in charge late in the second quarter.

The Tigers jumped off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring first on one of Burns' scores as Auburn showed it would rely heavily on the wildcat. Burns carried four times for 11 yards and two touchdowns from the formation in the first half.

Defensive end Antonio Coleman had an interception return for a touchdown.

The Bulldogs stormed back early in the second quarter, sparked by the return of Dixon, who scored on a one-yard run with 12:05 before halftime. Dixon rushed nine times for 50 yards on the 12-play drive.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
AUB
1st Downs1429
Total Yards297589
Passing130199
Rushing167390
Penalties10-895-40
3rd Down Conversions5-146-13
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers20
Possession28:5731:03

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Relf5/11777.002
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Todd10/231868.100

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon20924.6127
Relf7527.4026
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tate201577.9135
McCalebb161147.1148

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Berry46015.0032
McRae33311.0020
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Adams511623.2030
Zachery24120.5033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTAUB
TD08:13Kodi Burns 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 07
TD02:21Antonio Coleman 20 Yd Interception Return (Wes Byrum Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERMSSTAUB
TD12:05Anthony Dixon 1 Yd Run (Sean Brauchle Kick) 714
FG07:20Sean Brauchle 29 Yd 1014
TD04:44Robert Elliott 10 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Sean Brauchle Kick) 1714
TD03:08Onterio McCalebb 48 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 1721
TD00:16Kodi Burns 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 1728
THIRD QUARTERMSSTAUB
TD03:52Philip Lutzenkirchen 13 Yd Pass From Kodi Burns (Wes Byrum Kick) 1735
TD01:19Ben Tate 35 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 1742
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTAUB
TD11:15Christian Ducre 1 Yd Pass From Tyson Lee (Sean Brauchle Kick) 2442
TD05:56Kodi Burns 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 2449