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Arkansas State at Auburn

QB Newton, No. 22 Auburn run over Arkansas State wire reports

AUBURN, Ala. -- When quarterback Cam Newton walked from the bus to the stadium surrounded by screaming fans before the start of Auburn's opening game, he felt he might have a good night.

"I went deaf for a second. I just loved it and I think it was a kickoff for us mentally to know it's time," the Tigers' new quarterback said.

Making his first start, Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores to help No. 22 Auburn beat overmatched Arkansas State 52-26 on Saturday night.

Newton, a junior college transfer who started his career at Florida, brought the crowd to its feet late in the second quarter when he scored on a 71-yard touchdown run, dashing up the middle on a keeper. That made the score 35-16 at halftime.

The performance impressed both Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts.

"I don't know if I have seen an individual performance better than Cam Newton's. He is the best player I have ever seen live," Roberts said. "He made a huge difference in the ball game tonight -- he is hard to bring down."

Chizik said he was proud of his quarterback.

"He did some nice things when maybe something wasn't there. He turned some bad plays into good ones," Chizik said.

Newton was more critical of his performance than the coaches.

"I didn't play the best game I could have played, but I just have to watch film tomorrow and make good on my mistakes," he said.

Freshman Michael Dyer ran 14 times for 95 yards and one touchdown for Auburn. Quindarius Carr caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

"I just came out there and did what I can. I was just trying to get my feet wet and get a feel for the game," Carr said.

For Arkansas State, Ryan Aplin completed 28-of-42 passes for 278 yards and one score. Dwayne Frampton caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Auburn kept Arkansas State in it in the third quarter by fumbling twice in the first two minutes of the second half. The Red Wolves made it 35-23 after the first fumble on an 8-yard TD run by Derek Lawson.

Roberts said his Arkansas State team came out of the game with many things to work on.

"We need to finish some plays and drives. We need to put the ball in the end zone more than we did. I am pleased with the way we moved the ball," Roberts said.

Auburn played without linebacker Craig Stevens, the second-leading tackler for the Tigers last season. Chizik said Stevens was suspended for the game for disciplinary reasons, but he would not say what Stevens did wrong.

The Red Wolves took a 6-0 lead at 5:18 in the first quarter on a 10-yard pass from Ryan Aplin to Dwayne Frampton. The score was set up by a 61-yard completion down the sideline from Aplin to Allen Muse.

Then Newton got into gear, leading Auburn on a scoring drive that ended on a 3-yard scoring run by Kodi Burns, a former quarterback. The next time the Tigers got the ball, it took Newton just one play to find the end zone as he hit Mario Fannin with a 36-yard scoring pass.

Newton also scored on a 2-yard run and threw a 48-yard TD pass to Quindarius Carr.

The Red Wolves scored in the second quarter on a 13-yard run by Jermaine Robertson and a 26-yard field goal by Brian Davis.

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Not bad for his first start. Cam Newton throws for 186 yards and runs for 171 more in Auburn's win. (AP)
Not bad for his first start. Cam Newton throws for 186 yards and runs for 171 more in Auburn's win. (AP)


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Scoring Summary
ARSTDwayne Frampton 10 yd pass from Ryan Aplin (blocked XP)
AUBKodi Burns 3 yd run (Wes Byrum kick)
AUBMario Fannin 36 yd pass from Cameron Newton (Wes Byrum kick)
AUBCameron Newton 2 yd run (Wes Byrum kick)
ARSTJermaine Robertson 13 yd run (Brian Davis kick)
AUBQuindarius Carr 48 yd pass from Cameron Newton (Wes Byrum kick)
ARSTBrian Davis 26 yd FG
AUBCameron Newton 71 yd run (Wes Byrum kick)
ARSTDerek Lawson 8 yd run (Brian Davis kick)
AUBMario Fannin 38 yd pass from Cameron Newton (Wes Byrum kick)
AUBWes Byrum 24 yd FG
AUBMichael Dyer 2 yd run (Wes Byrum kick)
ARSTBrian Davis 41 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2223
Third Down Efficiency5-185-10
Fourth Down Efficiency1-30-0
Plays-Net Yards84-36665-608
Passing Yds323241
Kick Return Yds147131
Punt Return Yds747
Time of Poss.34:2325:37
Individual Stats
ARST: Derek Lawson 16-45, Jermaine Robertson 7-20, Ryan Aplin 12--22
AUB: Cameron Newton 15-171, Michael Dyer 14-95, Onterio McCalebb 9-76, Davis Hooper 5-15, Mario Fannin 3-14, Kodi Burns 2-2, Terrell Zachery 1--6
ARST: Ryan Aplin 28-42-278-0, Phillip Butterfield 5-7-45-0
AUB: Cameron Newton 9-14-186-0, Barrett Trotter 1-1-13-0, Neil Caudle 1-1-42-0
ARST: Dwayne Frampton 8-74, Taylor Stockemer 6-58, Allen Muse 4-80, Lucious Henderson 4-22, Anthony Robinson 3-24, Carlos McCants 2-20, Andre Smith 2-19, Derek Lawson 2-17, Kedric Murry 2-9
AUB: Mario Fannin 4-65, Quindarius Carr 2-87, Darvin Adams 2-58, Derek Winter 1-13, Michael Dyer 1-9, Terrell Zachery 1-9 Shop

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