Washington State at Auburn

Grant, Mason help Auburn past Washington St. 31-24

AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Tre Mason returned a kick 100 yards and Corey Grant scored on a 75-yard run to lead Auburn to a 31-24 victory over Washington State Saturday night in Gus Malzahn's debut as the Tigers coach.

Robenson Therezie also picked off two passes, including one in the end zone with less than five minutes remaining, for the Tigers (1-0). They had managed just two interceptions during last season's 3-9 debacle.

The Malzahn-versus-Mike Leach matchup of offensive innovators produced plenty of big plays and drama.

The Cougars (0-1) had two chances to tie it in the final five minutes, but Therezie's interception and an incompletion on fourth down ended the threats.

Grant gained 146 yards on nine carries. Junior college transfer Nick Marshall was 10-of-19 passing for 99 yards in his starting debut.

Connor Halliday was 35 of 65 for 344 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted three times.

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Scoring Summary
WASHSTJeremiah Laufasa 4 yd run (Andrew Furney kick)
AUBURNTre Mason 8 yd run (RYAN WHITE 2pt run)
WASHSTBobby Ratliff 7 yd pass from Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney kick)
AUBURNTre Mason 100 yd kick return (Cody Parkey kick)
WASHSTJeremiah Laufasa 1 yd run (Andrew Furney kick)
AUBURNCorey Grant 75 yd run (Cody Parkey kick)
AUBURNCody Parkey 47 yd FG
AUBURNCody Parkey 26 yd FG
WASHSTAndrew Furney 43 yd FG
AUBURNCody Parkey 42 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs2816
Third Down Efficiency7-174-13
Fourth Down Efficiency2-40-0
Plays-Net Yards88-46465-396
Passing Yds34499
Kick Return Yds30141
Punt Return Yds019
Time of Poss.31:2728:33
Individual Stats
WASHST: Teondray Caldwell 7-53, Marcus Mason 6-43, Connor Halliday 5-14, Jeremiah Laufasa 5-10
AUBURN: Corey Grant 9-146, Tre Mason 15-73, Cameron Artis-Payne 10-52, Nick Marshall 9-27, Quan Bray 1-4, Ricardo Louis 1--5
WASHST: Connor Halliday 35-65-344-3
AUBURN: Nick Marshall 10-19-99-0, Jonathan Wallace 0-1-0-0
WASHST: Gabe Marks 9-81, Rickey Galvin 5-43, Kristoff Williams 4-42, Bobby Ratliff 3-66, Dom Williams 3-43, River Cracraft 3-14, Teondray Caldwell 3-14, Marcus Mason 2-20, Isiah Myers 2-15, Brett Bartolone 1-6
AUBURN: Sammie Coates 3-44, Quan Bray 3-28, Ricardo Louis 2-10, Jaylon Denson 1-11, Tre Mason 1-6
Washington State3rd Pac-12 North6-39-4
Auburn7th SEC West2-67-6

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