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Auburn snaps losing skid, beats New Mexico St. 42-7

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Tre Mason led the Auburn rushing attack that produced 311 total yards on the ground. (abc3340.com) Tre Mason led the Auburn rushing attack that produced 311 total yards on the ground. (abc3340.com)
Freshman Jonathan Wallace made his first career start at quarterback for Auburn in their 42-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday. (abc3340.com) Freshman Jonathan Wallace made his first career start at quarterback for Auburn in their 42-7 win over New Mexico State on Saturday. (abc3340.com)
Gene Chizik cracked a smile in his post-game news conference, something he hasn't done a lot of this season. (abc3340.com) Gene Chizik cracked a smile in his post-game news conference, something he hasn't done a lot of this season. (abc3340.com)
Auburn linebacker Darren Bates dives into the endzone for a touchdown against New Mexico State. (abc3340.com) Auburn linebacker Darren Bates dives into the endzone for a touchdown against New Mexico State. (abc3340.com)
Amanda Dennis had never rolled Auburn's Toomer's Corner before Saturday. (Special from Jeff Dennis) Amanda Dennis had never rolled Auburn's Toomer's Corner before Saturday. (Special from Jeff Dennis)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.

Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama looming. It was Auburn's longest fumble return for a score since 1969.

The rushing outburst helped take pressure off freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace in his first start and gave beleaguered fans something to cheer. The Tigers got season-highs in points and yards with 475 to send the Aggies (1-8) to their eighth straight defeat.

Mason had 22 carries, including a 40-yarder, and scored on a 5-yard run. McCalebb's eight rushes were highlighted by touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards.

 

Team Stat Comparison

 NMSUAUB
1st Downs 15 19
Total Yards 305 475
Passing 222 164
Rushing 83 311
Penalties 2-15 7-75
3rd Down Conversions 2-13 5-12
4th Down Conversions 0-1 0-1
Turnovers 2 1
Possession 28:22 31:38

Passing Leaders

 
New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Manley 17/30 222 7.4 0 0
 
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wallace 9/16 164 10.3 1 1

Rushing Leaders

 
New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morrison 19 79 4.2 0 31
Powell 5 15 3.0 1 4
 
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mason 22 152 6.9 1 40
McCalebb 8 113 14.1 2 38

Receiving Leaders

 
New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin 7 154 22.0 0 51
Walls 6 39 6.5 0 9
 
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blake 4 78 19.5 0 29
Reed 1 40 40.0 1 40

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD 04:56 Tre Mason 5 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 0 7
THIRD QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD 11:48 Jay Prosch 1 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 0 14
TD 08:38 Daren Bates 62 Yd Fumble Return (Cody Parkey Kick) 0 21
TD 02:58 Onterio McCalebb 38 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 0 28
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD 12:36 Tiger Powell 2 Yd Run (Marcus Johnson Kick) 7 28
TD 11:20 Onterio McCalebb 7 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 7 35
TD 07:19 Trovon Reed 40 Yd Pass From Jonathan Wallace (Cody Parkey Kick) 7 42
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