Auburn shuts out Alabama State with heavy rush attack
AUBURN, Ala. - Demetris Robertson scored three touchdowns and No. 25 Auburn scored on defense and special teams to shut out Alabama State 62-0 on a record-setting Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Robertson caught a pair of touchdown passes from Bo Nix before scoring on a 36-yard reverse, the latter two TDs coming in Auburn's 35-point third quarter.
Colby Wooden blocked a field goal and Nehemiah Pritchett returned it 80 yards for a touchdown, and Barton Lester blocked a punt that led to a field goal to help Auburn take a 20-0 halftime lead.
Roger McCreary returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to put Auburn ahead 41-0 midway through the third quarter.
For the second straight game, Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter both rushed for more than 100-yards, with Hunter gaining most of his on one carry, a 94-yard burst that marked the longest run in Auburn history and gave the Tigers a 55-0 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Hunter led Auburn with 147 yards on eight carries. Bigsby added 122 yards on 11 rushes, helping the Tigers pile up 364 rushing yards on 39 carries, an average of 9.3 yards per carry.
Nix completed 9 of 17 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Finley was 2-for-2 for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Anders Carlson kicked a pair of field goals to give Auburn a 6-0 lead after the first quarter. Nix and Robertson connected from 6 yards to put the Tigers on top 13-0 early in the second quarter.
T.J. Finley relieved Nix in the third quarter and threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Johnson Jr.
Zakoby McClain led Auburn with 10 tackles, his eighth career double-digit performance. The Tigers recorded 11 tackles for loss, including sacks by T.D. Moultry and Eku Leota.
The Tigers held the Hornets to 46 rushing yards on 29 carries, an average of 1.6 yards per rush.
Auburn has scored 60 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1932.
A crowd of 82,745 enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the Plains, in which Auburn honored first responders on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
The Tigers play their first road game next week, traveling to Penn State for a 6:30 p.m. CT kick on ABC.