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(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: (3) Auburn 51, Ole Miss 31
Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Cam Newton provided several more highlights for the Heisman Trophy voters on Saturday, passing for two touchdowns while catching a touchdown pass in third-ranked Auburn's 51-31 rout of Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Newton completed 18-of-24 passes for 209 yards and was not intercepted, and he also made an acrobatic catch over a Rebel cornerback for the team's first touchdown, as the Tigers (9-0, 6-0 SEC) made a statement in their first game as the BCS' top team. Newton added 45 rushing yards on 11 carries in the win.
Michael Dyer ran for 180 yards and a score on 21 carries, while Onterio McCalebb carried the ball nine times for 99 yards and a touchdown. Darvin Adams hauled in a touchdown pass in a six-reception, 75-yard effort.
"It was a great win for us. I can't say enough about our football team week in and week out trying to find ways to win," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "I really felt like our team stepped up to the plate. This is a very tough place to play against a very good team. It was a great road win for our football team. I couldn't be more proud of our coaches and the plans that they're putting together for our team every week."
Jeremiah Masoli threw for 189 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 20-of-33 efficiency for Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4), who have lost three straight -- all to ranked opponents. Jeff Scott carried the ball nine times for 134 yards and a long 83-yard touchdown run early in the contest.
"It was a great crowd tonight and we started out just like wanted it to with 7-0. You have to give Auburn credit. They have a great football team," Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt said. "We came out tonight wanting to stop number two (Cam Newton) from running the ball and we did that, but he has many other weapons. I think Auburn's offensive line does not get enough credit. I was proud of the way our guys fought, but we have to finish now as we head towards November."
The opening half featured several big plays from both teams.
On the second play from scrimmage, Scott gave Ole Miss the lead on an 83-yard scamper down the right sideline, barely outrunning the defense only 27 seconds into the game.
Auburn answered with some trickery, getting down to the Mississippi 20 before Kodi Burns took a direct snap. Newton was lined up as a wide receiver on the right side and had a cornerback draped all over him in the end zone; however, Burns lofted a high pass toward the quarterback, who made an acrobatic catch in the corner to tie the game at 7-7 three minutes in.
After the Tigers forced a punt, McCalebb gave the visitors their first lead with a 68-yard rush to the end zone, capping a brief three-play drive.
Masoli had an answer for the Rebels, completing a 29-yard touchdown pass to Markeith Summers less than three minutes later. The drive lasted eight plays and went 80 yards, ending on Summers' catch in the front right portion of the end zone.
Auburn went back ahead on Wes Byrum's 25-yard field goal in the opening moments of the second quarter, and the Tigers traveled 98 yards in 12 plays on their next series, as Newton hit Adams for a 24-yard touchdown and 24-14 lead with seven minutes until halftime.
Bryson Rose got Ole Miss back within seven on a 32-yard field goal with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter, but Demond Washington bounced off several defenders before racing down the left sideline 95 yards in total on the ensuing kickoff to give Auburn a 31-17 advantage.
With just over a minute to go in the half, Ole Miss went for it on 4th-and-1 from its own 41 and was unsuccessful. The failed possession led to Byrum's 35- yard field goal with six seconds to go for a 34-17 halftime margin.
Auburn built on its lead in the third with Byrum's 48-yard field goal and Dyer's 30-yard rushing touchdown.
Mississippi made it a 44-24 game early in the fourth on Brandon Bolden's 20- yard rushing touchdown, but Auburn restored its 27-point lead late on Newton's 10-yard scoring toss to Terrell Zachery.
Bolden's five-yard jaunt into the end zone with 1:53 left capped the scoring.
Auburn is 14-0 all-time against Ole Miss when ranked...The Rebels have also lost to Alabama and Arkansas during their losing streak...Newton now has 15 passing touchdowns, 14 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown this season...The Tigers recorded 572 total yards of offense.
10/31 02:08:28 ET