Auburn coach Gus Malzahn takes in first-half action against Idaho
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn faked a punt and scored on an interception, a pass and a run, and generally spent the first half having a good time in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers enjoyed a 35-17 lead over Idaho at halftime.
Scoring update: Auburn 49, Idaho 17 with 4:38 left in the third quarter.
Kevin Phillips' 24-yard gain on a fake punt, along with sporty running by Jovon Robinson, help set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Johnson for Auburn's third touchdown. Rudy Ford returned an interception 48 fancy yards for the Tigers' fifth touchdown.
There were plenty of regular touchdowns, too.
Peyton Barber scored on a 2-yard run 2½ minutes into the game. Robinson scored next on a 13-yard run. Idaho hung around early. Scoring on its second offensive snap on an Elijhaa Penny 4-yard run and an Austin Rehkow kicks a 25-yard field goal.
That field goal cut Auburn's lead to 14-10. But Auburn scored on the fake-punt drive and then, following an Idaho fumble, scored when Johnson threw an easy-as-you-please 15-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis for a 28-10 lead with 7:58 left in the second quarter.
Ford then scored on his 48-yard interception return. Matt Linehan's 1-yard touchdown run with 2:25 left in the second quarter cut Auburn's lead to 35-17.
Johnson finished the first half hitting 9-of-12 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Robinson had 15 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Auburn had 365 yards. Idaho had 231 yards.
Idaho was set to receive the kickoff to start the second half.