Nov. 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn's offense exploded out of the gate, scoring 21 first-quarter points on 237 total yards of offense as it cruised to a 51-7 win over Alabama A&M in the final regular season home game of the 2012 season. Running backs Tre Mason (181) and Onterio McCalebb (104) each rushed for over 100 yards, the second time in the last three games the duo has both topped the century mark.
Auburn's rushing attack gained a season-high 341 yards, marking the second time this season Auburn (3-8) has rushed for over 300 yards in a game, the other coming against New Mexico State in a 42-7 Auburn win two weeks ago. The team also finished with 512 total yards of offense, which was the most since the National Championship Game victory over Oregon (519).
Alabama A&M (7-4) was held to just 208 total yards.
Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace was 10-of-18 on the afternoon for 171 yards with a touchdown for Auburn. His touchdown toss was a nine-yarder to Sammie Coates with 23 seconds left in the first half that put Auburn up 35-0.
After back-to-back 19-yard touchdown runs by Mason and McCalebb put Auburn up 14-0 with 4:31 left in the first quarter, Mason went 86 yards over right guard for Auburn's longest run since Brent Fullwood rumbled 88 yards against Mississippi State back in 1986 to put Auburn up 21-0.
A Jay Prosch three-yard touchdown run made it 28-0 on Auburn's first possession of the second quarter as Auburn scored on each of its first four possessions en route to its largest margin of victory of the season. The score, his second of the season, capped a 91-yard drive, which was Auburn's second longest of the season.
After Coates' touchdown catch made it 35-0 at the half, Alabama A&M scored on its first possession of the second half to avoid the shutout as Deaunte Mason scored from a yard out to finish a 10-play, 88-yard drive.
McCalebb's second score of the day came just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter when he ran it in from 14 yards out for a 42-7 lead.
Auburn's defense scored twice in the final quarter to provide the 44-point final cushion. The first points came on a safety on an Alabama A&M punt attempt when the snap went over the head of the punter, who then swatted it out of the back of the end zone. Trent Fisher then intercepted an Alabama A&M pass attempt and ran it back 60 yards for the score.
Auburn's 51 points were its most since it scored 56 against South Carolina in the 2010 SEC Championship Game.
Auburn closes out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 24 at Alabama. The game will air live on CBS at 2:30 pm CT.