April 20, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN -- The promise was more offense, and Gus Malzahn delivered.
The coach who helped Auburn's offense overpower most everybody on the way to the 2010 national championship returned for his first A-Day Game as the Tigers' head coach with the kind of game fans love.
The Orange beat the Blue 35-14 in front of a record A-Day Game crowd of 83,401. Fans were still filing in during the second quarter, and Auburn had to open the upper decks to accomodate the crowd.
There were six offensive touchdowns and one defensive touchdown, seven of which came in the first half. To put that in perspective, there were only two touchdowns scored in last season's spring game.
The quarterbacks played with both teams, and so did the running backs. But the Orange was designated as the first team, overall, and it won going away.
Jonathan Wallace had better stats, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Fulse after a beautiful pump fake; and back-to-back throws of 40 yards to Sammie Coates and 28 yards to Dimitri Reese for 28 yards and another score.
Junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne had 98 yards by halftime and went over the century mark a bit later. He had 47 receiving yards, too. Fellow tailback Tre Mason, who has been slowed half of spring practice with an injury, scored on a 4-yard run. Quarterback Kiehl Frazier scored on a 7-yard run and threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Trovon Reed.
The second half was fast. They didn't stop the clock.
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