Arkansas State 26

(0-1, 0-1 away)

(22) Auburn 52

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 6 10 7 326
#22AUB 14 21 10 752

Top Performers

Passing: C. Newton (AUB) - 186 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Newton (AUB) - 15 CAR, 171 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Fannin (AUB) - 4 REC, 65 YDS, 2 TD

Cam Newton runs for 2 TDs, throws 3 TDs in Auburn romp

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- When quarterback Cameron Newton walked from the bus to the stadium surrounded by screaming fans before the start of Auburn's opening game, he felt he might have a good night.

"I went deaf for a second. I just loved it and I think it was a kickoff for us mentally to know it's time," the Tigers' new quarterback said.

Making his first start, Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores to help No. 22 Auburn beat overmatched Arkansas State 52-26 on Saturday night.

Newton, a junior college transfer who started his career at Florida, brought the crowd to its feet late in the second quarter when he scored on a 71-yard touchdown run, dashing up the middle on a keeper. That made the score 35-16 at halftime.

The performance impressed both Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts.

"I don't know if I have seen an individual performance better than Cam Newton's. He is the best player I have ever seen live," Roberts said. "He made a huge difference in the ball game tonight -- he is hard to bring down."

Chizik said he was proud of his quarterback.

"He did some nice things when maybe something wasn't there. He turned some bad plays into good ones," Chizik said.

Newton was more critical of his performance than the coaches.

"I didn't play the best game I could have played, but I just have to watch film tomorrow and make good on my mistakes," he said.

Freshman Michael Dyer ran 14 times for 95 yards and one touchdown for Auburn. Quindarius Carr caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

"I just came out there and did what I can. I was just trying to get my feet wet and get a feel for the game," Carr said.

For Arkansas State, Ryan Aplin completed 28 of 42 passes for 278 yards and one score. Dwayne Frampton caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Auburn kept Arkansas State in it in the third quarter by fumbling twice in the first two minutes of the second half. The Red Wolves made it 35-23 after the first fumble on an 8-yard TD run by Derek Lawson.

Roberts said his Arkansas State team came out of the game with many things to work on.

"We need to finish some plays and drives. We need to put the ball in the end zone more than we did. I am pleased with the way we moved the ball," Roberts said.

Auburn played without linebacker Craig Stevens, the second-leading tackler for the Tigers last season. Chizik said Stevens was suspended for the game for disciplinary reasons, but he would not say what Stevens did wrong.

The Red Wolves took a 6-0 lead at 5:18 in the first quarter on a 10-yard pass from Ryan Aplin to Dwayne Frampton. The score was set up by a 61-yard completion down the sideline from Aplin to Allen Muse.

Then Newton got into gear, leading Auburn on a scoring drive that ended on a 3-yard scoring run by Kodi Burns, a former quarterback. The next time the Tigers got the ball, it took Newton just one play to find the end zone as he hit Mario Fannin with a 36-yard scoring pass.

Newton also scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 48-yard TD pass to Quindarius Carr.

The Red Wolves scored in the second quarter on a 13-yard run by Jermaine Robertson and a 26-yard field goal by Brian Davis.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2223
Total Yards366608
3rd Down Conversions5-185-10
4th Down Conversions1-30-0

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD05:18Dwayne Frampton 10 Yd Pass From Ryan Aplin (Pat Blocked) 60
TD03:27Kodi Burns 3 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 67
TD01:00Mario Fannin 36 Yd Pass From Cameron Newton (Wes Byrum Kick) 614
TD09:43Cameron Newton 2 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 621
TD06:46Jermaine Robertson 13 Yd Run (Brian Davis Kick) 1321
TD05:59Quindarius Carr 48 Yd Pass From Cameron Newton (Wes Byrum Kick) 1328
FG03:04Brian Davis 26 Yd 1628
TD02:19Cameron Newton 71 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 1635
TD13:16Derek Lawson 8 Yd Run (Brian Davis Kick) 2335
TD08:07Mario Fannin 38 Yd Pass From Cameron Newton (Wes Byrum Kick) 2342
FG00:00Wes Byrum 24 Yd 2345
TD09:11Michael Dyer 2 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 2352
FG04:16Brian Davis 41 Yd 2652