AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 102 yards, Tre Mason gained 99 and Nick Marshall passed for two touchdowns to lead Auburn to a 38-9 victory over Arkansas State Saturday night.
Marshall passed for 147 yards and ran for 53 for the Tigers (2-0), who halted Arkansas State's nine-game winning streak. That streak started began during Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's one-year reign over the Red Wolves (1-1) that resulted in a second straight Sun Belt Conference championship.
Malzahn's new team racked up 301 rushing yards and produced a big pass play, too. Marshall hit Sammie Coates in stride for a 68-yard touchdown after some misfires on deep balls.
Arkansas State's Adam Kennedy completed 29 of 41 passes for 272 yards and ran for 74.
The Red Wolves had four players rush for 100-plus yards in the opening route of Arkansas-Pine Bluff but totaled 150 yards on the ground in this game.