Tre Mason's second-quarter touchdown run was his fifth touchdown run in the last four games. It was Mason's sixth score of the season, most on the team. Mason recorded his second 100-yard game of the season, gaining a career-high 152 today; his first came with 106 yards against Clemson.
Onterio McCalebb and Mason each passed the 100-yard rushing mark vs. New Mexico State. The last time Auburn had two 100-yard rushers in the same game was versus LSU in 2010 (Cam Newton and Michael Dyer).
McCalebb now has 2,469 yards rushing to rank ninth among Auburn's career leaders, passing Stacy Danley (1987-90, 2427 yards). McCalebb now has 22 career rushing touchdowns (10th best all-time passing Cam Newton) and 27 touchdowns overall. McCalebb is fifth among Auburn's career all-purpose yardage leaders with 4,243 yards.
2012 is the ninth season since 1969 that Auburn has had two quarterbacks make their first career start in the same season (Jonathan Wallace, Kiehl Frazier). The previous seasons: 1972, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2011. The last time Auburn started three quarterbacks in a season was 1999: Gabe Gross (one game); Ben Leard (six games); Jeff Klein (four games).
Saturday was the second consecutive AU game vs. New Mexico State in which an Auburn QB made his first career start. Kodi Burns made his first career start vs. New Mexico State in 2007.
This was the 35th time in the modern era (since 1946) that Auburn played consecutive games against teams with the same nickname; the pairings included the Texas A&M and New Mexico State Aggies; Georgia, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and Samford Bulldogs; and the Eagles of Boston College and Southern Miss.
Auburn opponents have missed nine of their last 14 field goal attempts and are 9-of-19 for the season on field goal tries. New Mexico State was 0-1 on field goal attempts.
Jay Prosch's one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was his first Auburn touchdown.
The fumble return for a touchdown of 62 yards by Daren Bates was the longest fumble return for a score in Auburn records since 1969; the previous long was 60 yards by Ed Graham at Florida State in 1984. The longest ever at Auburn is believed to be a 91-yard return by Gusty Yearout in 1966 vs. Florida. It was Bates' first career touchdown and the first defensive touchdown by Auburn this season; Auburn has scored nine defensive touchdowns during the Chizik Era. Daren Bates, now with 308 career tackles to date (6 today), is 12th among Auburn's career tackle leaders; 11th is Kurt Crain (1986-87) with 324.
With 117 career receptions to date, Emory Blake is now sixth in Auburn career receptions, passing Rodgerqus Smith (114 from 2004-08) and Darvin Adams (115 from 2008-10). In fifth place is Frank Sanders (121 from 1991-94). Blake is ninth in career receiving yardage with 1,842 yards, passing Lawyer Tillman (1808 yards from 1985-88).
Blake is fifth on the Auburn career touchdown receptions list with 16 scores, including a 27-yard TD against Texas A&M; Third place in TD receptions overall is tied with 17 Darvin Adams 2008-10 and Karsten Bailey 1995-98
Quan Bray's 38-yard punt return was a career long for him; it was the longest by an Auburn player since a 66-yard return for a score by Robert Dunn in 2008 vs. ULM.
Trovon Reed scored his first career touchdown on a 40-yard reception in the fourth quarter. It was also Reed's longest career reception.
Demetruce McNeal had his first career fumble recovery on a muffed NMSU punt in the fourth quarter.
With 311 rushing yards in today's game, Auburn topped the 300-yard rushing mark for the first time since gaining 315 against Georgia in 2010.
Auburn has now won 76 consecutive games when scoring 30 points or more.