Just in case anyone thought Auburn was going to look past Mississippi State to this week's home game against LSU, the Tigers didn't take long to take control of the line of scrimmage and the game.
With drives of 11 plays for 75 yards, nine plays for 61 yards and five plays for 93 yards, the Tigers scored on three of their first four drives on the way to a 43-0 lead and an eventual 43-14 victory.
"I think what hurt them is we came out and drove the ball down the field on the first drive," Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell said. "That will take a lot out of any team, especially playing at home, because it gets the crowd out of it."
The Tigers (2-0) put the crowd and the Bulldogs out of the game early with a running game that produced 310 yards and a passing game that produced four touchdowns.
"We took a significant jump from game one to game two," first-year offensive coordinator Al Borges said. "We used a lot of movement, a lot of misdirection. It was different, and it's going to be different next week. We had some plays we left on the sheet. I like that."
The defense did its part by holding Mississippi State to 81 yards rushing and not letting up until the second- and third-stringers gave up two late scores.
"We've got to be light years next week above where we were today," Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said. "We're going to have a good, solid game plan, but we're going to have to be much better next week."
At least now it's safe to think about playing LSU, a team that whipped Auburn 31-7 last year.
"We've really been trying hard to get them to not think about that for the last two weeks," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "With the intensity they played with today, it looked like they were focused on this game."
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