Boxscore
Auburn 17, Mississippi State 14
Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:45 PM
Location - Davis Wade Stadium
Attendance - 54806

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Auburn 7 10 0 0 17
Mississippi State 7 0 7 0 14

Recap

In an SEC West showdown that came down to the fourth quarter, quarterback Cameron Newton and a stingy defense led Auburn to 17-14 road win over Mississippi State at Wade Davis Stadium.

The 6-6, 250-pound Newton threw two touchdown passes and led the 2-0 Tigers in rushing for a second straight game.

With the game tied 7-7 in the second quarter, the Bulldogs turned the ball over on consecutive drives. Auburn capitalized with a Newton touchdown pass to Darvin Adams and a 34-yard field goal by Wes Byrum to take a 17-7 lead into halftime.

In front of an enthusiastic home crowd with ringing cowbells, Mississippi State (1-1) opened the second half with its best drive of the night. Quarterback Chris Relf accounted for 62 of 67 yards on the 13-play drive. Vick Ballard’s short touchdown run cut the lead to 17-14.

But that’s all Auburn’s defense would allow.

Newton, the reigning SEC Player of the Week, completed 11 of 19 passes for 136 yards and added 69 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Chris Relf and Tyler Russell shared snaps in Mississippi State’s two-quarterback platoon. Neither had much success sustaining drives against Auburn’s defense. Relf was inaccurate, completing 12 of 26 passes for 109 yards. He was sacked three times.Russell, the herald true freshman pocket passer, connected on only 4 of 9 attempts for 19 yards.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:22
Auburn   TD  Mississippi State 0 - Auburn 7
1st Quarter - 2:30
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 7 - Auburn 7
2nd Quarter - 8:37
Auburn   TD  Mississippi State 7 - Auburn 14
2nd Quarter - 4:29
Auburn   FG  Mississippi State 7 - Auburn 17
3rd Quarter - 8:55
Mississippi State   TD  Mississippi State 14 - Auburn 17
TEAMS

Team Records

  Auburn Mississippi State
W/L 2 - 0 - 0 1 - 1 - 0
Conference 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Auburn Mississippi State
Score 17 14
First Downs 21 16
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-14
43%
5-for-15
33%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
1-for-2
50%
Total Yards 350 246
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 45-192 33-117
Average/Rush 4.3 3.5
Passing
Comp-Att 12-21 16-35
Passing Yards 158 129
Average/Pass Play 6.9 3.4
Penalties-Yards 4-35 2-25
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Time of Possession 31:48 28:12

PLAYER STATS

Auburn (2 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Newton 11/19 136 2 1
K. Burns 1/2 22 0 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Relf 12/26 110 0 0
T. Russell 4/9 19 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Newton 18 70 3.9 0
O. McCalebb 12 68 5.7 0
M. Dyer 9 48 5.3 0
M. Fannin 5 6 1.2 0
E. Smith 1 0 0.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Bumphis 3 27 9.0 0
C. Relf 14 26 1.9 0
P. Hanrahan 3 21 7.0 0
R. Elliott 4 14 3.5 0
V. Ballard 5 13 2.6 1
L. Perkins 3 10 3.3 0
S. Hemphill 1 6 6.0 0
G. Jackson 0 0 0.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
E. Blake 2 39 19.5 1
D. Adams 3 38 12.7 1
T. Zachery 4 32 8.0 0
C. Newton 1 22 22.0 0
M. Fannin 1 14 14.0 0
E. Smith 1 13 13.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Bumphis 5 34 6.8 0
A. Clark 2 28 14.0 0
V. Ballard 1 22 22.0 0
C. Smith 2 21 10.5 0
M. Green 1 11 11.0 0
B. Heavens 2 6 3.0 0
P. Hanrahan 1 4 4.0 0
R. Elliott 1 3 3.0 0
B. Henderson 1 0 0.0 0
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