Auburn Drubs Western Carolina 56-0
September 7, 2002
QB Jason Campbell
AUBURN - (AP) Carnell Williams rushed for first-quarter touchdowns of 20 and 42 yards in Auburn's 56-0 win over Western Carolina on Saturday.
Backup quarterback Jason Campbell passed for one TD and rushed for another for the Tigers (1-1). He completed 12 of 14 passes for 147 yards against the Division I-AA Catamounts (1-1).
The Tigers, who stopped a four-game losing streak dating to last season, racked up 335 yards in the first half, five days after gaining just 35 in the second half of a loss to Southern California.
It was exactly the kind of game the Tigers needed after getting bruised and battered in Los Angeles on Monday night. Auburn started nine new players from the opener, resting several starters with minor injuries.
The Tigers won their 11th straight nonconference home game and their 23rd home opener in 24 years.
Auburn, which finished with 621 yards, hadn't scored 50-plus points since getting 62 against Fresno State in 1996.
Williams carried only four times for 67 yards and didn't play after the first quarter. He was held to minus-3 yards in the second half on Monday.
Butler, the third-teamer, led all rushers with 12 carries for a career-high 91 yards and freshman Tre Smith gained 73 yards on 14 carries. The Tigers gained 345 yards on the ground.
Campbell hit third-team tight end Cooper Wallace on a 17-yard score, and tailback Chris Butler -- another third-teamer -- added a 10-yard score in the third.
Cobb was 9-of-16 for 129 yards and a touchdown as Auburn converted 8-of-11 third-down plays.
Western Carolina, which rushed for 257 yards in its opener against Liberty, managed just 86 yards on the ground as the no-huddle offense was largely ineffective against the bigger, faster Tigers.
Brian Gaither was 19-of-32 for 135 yards with an interception while Pat Cilento was 7-of-13 for 40 yards.
Game in Review:
Carnell Williams Rushed for 2 touchdowns and Ronnie Brown ran in one TD, putting the tigers up 21-0.
Cooper Wallace 17 yd touchdown; 28-0.
Lorenzo Diamond 16 yd reception for a touchdown; 35-0. Jason Campbell 5 yd TD; 42-0. Chris Butler 10 yd touchdown; 49-0.
Tre Smith 5 yd touchdown; 56-0