Auburn Rolls Past Chattanooga on Homecoming

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Nov. 6, 2010

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AUBURN, Ala. - Cam Newton and Terrell Zachery each established new career highs for passing yards and receiving yards, respectively, in Auburn's 48-point first half as Auburn cruised to a 62-24 win over Chattanooga on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn racked up 484 yards of total offense in the first half alone before finishing the afternoon with 628, the sixth time this season Auburn has topped 500 yards of total offense and the second time it has gone over 600.

With the win Auburn improved to 10-0 for the first time since 2004 and just the fourth time in school history, also doing it in 1993 and 1957.

Auburn stormed to a 27-0 lead in the first quarter as Newton tossed two touchdown passes to Darvin Adams (30- and 39 yards), hit Emory Blake for a 20-yard score and also ran one in from a yard out. Newton finished the first quarter with 193 yards on 9-of-14 passing and also had 36 yards on the ground.

Newton's 80-yard touchdown pass on Auburn's first possession of the second quarter not only put Auburn up 34-0 but also gave the junior quarterback a career-high for passing yards in a game with 276 and a career-best four touchdown passes. Zachery also set a new career best with 130 yards receiving with the catch, his fifth of the afternoon.

Newton went on to finish the game with 317 yards on 15-of-21 passing, which was Auburn's first 300-yard passing day since Brandon Cox threw for 342 against Georgia Tech in 2005.

Zachery finished the afternoon with a career-best seven catches for 148 yards and Darvin Adams joined him in topping the century mark, catching four balls for 106 yards and the two scores, giving Auburn two 100-yard receivers in the same game since Ronney Daniels [120] and Markeith Cooper [105] did it against LSU in 1999.

Mario Fannin led all rushers with 96 yards on eight carries, scoring two touchdowns. Michael Dyer (four carries, 76 yards) and Onterrio McCalebb (two carries, 55 yards) each contributed rushing touchdowns as well.

Auburn's 628 total yards of offense is the sixth-most in modern school history and the 11.6 yards per play surpassed Auburn's previous record of 10.3 yards per play against Kansas in 1988.

Chattanooga fell to 5-4 with the loss.


Newton, No. 3 Auburn roll over Mocs, 62-24

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The game was easy for Cam Newton and No. 3 Auburn. If the Tigers' star quarterback faced any stress Saturday, it came after their 62-24 victory Saturday against Chattanooga.

Facing questions about an NCAA investigation into his recruitment, Newton insisted he has broken no rules.

"I haven't done anything wrong," Newton said. "I'm an Auburn athlete, and I'm still playing for Auburn. I love Auburn, and that's all I've got to say."

The Heisman Trophy contender received a warm reception from fans.

Newton and the Tigers (10-0) churned out 48 points and 484 yards in the first half against the Football Championship Subdivision Mocs (5-4), who have lost all 21 meetings.

Newton passed for a career-high 317 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth, all in the first half. In fact, the scores came in the first 17 minutes, and he looked as if he was playing catch with his receivers at times against the overmatched Mocs. The Tigers racked up 628 yards on 54 plays.

"He's probably the best player we'll ever see or play against at our level and that's why he's probably going to win the Heisman Trophy," Mocs coach Russ Huesman said.

Fans cheered Newton loudly as he ran back and forth across the student section three times after the game, high-fiving students.

He received a warm ovation when he was introduced before the game, too. He sported a grin going through Tiger Walk and then outstretched his arms as if flying as he ran onto the field with teammates about two hours before kickoff.

He completed 15 of 21 passes and ran eight times for 24 yards, though he was sacked three times to end one late scoring threat before halftime.

Terrell Zachery had seven catches for 148 yards and Darvin Adams gained 106 yards on four receptions. Mario Fannin ran for a 42-yard touchdown and Mike Dyer scored on a 37-yarder.

The Tigers' 48 first-half points were one shy of the school record set 15 years ago in a 76-10 win over Chattanooga. Wes Byrum missed an extra-point attempt after the fourth TD of the opening quarter to end a streak of 102 in a row.

Auburn had eight plays of 20-plus yards in the half.

Chattanooga racked up a few highlights. Brian Sutherland had a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown early in the second quarter.

Tennessee transfer B.J. Coleman completed 20 of 39 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown. Sutherland had 10 catches for 97 yards. Joel Bradford broke Alonzo Nix's single-season Chattanooga receiving record of 1,060 yards with a third-quarter catch.

"We were able to move the football up and down the field a little bit," Coleman said. "(Auburn's) going to have a chance to play for the national championship, which is what they've wanted for a long time. But we've just got to move on to the next one."

It was little more than a tuneup for Auburn, which finishes out the regular season against chief rivals Georgia and Alabama.

Asked if he felt differently this week, Newton shot back: "I feel 10-0. That's about it."