AUBURN (AP) – Demetris Robertson scored three touchdowns and Jarquez Hunter rushed for 147 yards as the No.25 Auburn passed FCS Alabama State 62-0 on Saturday.
After a quick start in Bryan Harsin’s first game as head coach last week, Auburn (2-0) was held to just one offensive touchdown and less than 200 yards in the first half. But the Tigers erupted for 35 points in the third quarter to walk away with ease.
“The second half we came and did what we wanted to do,” Harsin said. “We made the adjustments and executed them in the second half. The first half was a bit slow. … But it was good to see our half-time adjustments show up.
Robertson, who transferred from SEC rival Georgia this summer, had three catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns and added a 36-yard touchdown run on a sweep in the third. Hunter, a freshman, broke Auburn’s record for the longest run with a 94-yard touchdown later in the quarter.
Auburn had a calm first half, but the special teams excelled with a clearance block and a field goal block that was sent back 80 yards for a touchdown by Nehemiah Pritchett. It was the first time the Tigers had blocked two kicks in a game since their famous 2013 Iron Bowl win over Alabama.
Colby Wooden’s first-half fielding block saved a shutout for Auburn’s defense, who scored his own touchdown when Roger McCreary returned a 35-yard interception in the third quarter.
Harsin credited Alabama State (1-1) for “having a good game plan” and forcing the favored Tigers to make several halftime changes.
“I thought our kids were playing hard,” Alabama state coach Donald Hill-Eley said. “The score is not indicative of how hard we played. We knew it was a tough challenge playing against an SEC team. … But I was impressed by several phases of the day.
Take it away
Auburn: After scoring five touchdowns in his first five practices in Week 1 against Akron, Auburn has only scored 13 points in his first five practices against Alabama State. As the Tigers rebounded after halftime, the slow start will be a point of interest for Harsin and his team ahead of a big trip to Penn State.
Alabama State: Although the Hornets needed overtime to knock Miles College out of Division II in Week 1, they should be able to get a better-than-expected start against the SEC competition before the FCS match.
A BEGINNING START
Auburn recorded a combined total offense of 1,151 yards against Akron and Alabama State, which broke a program record for yards in the first two games of the season set in 2009. The Tigers also scored 60 or more points in the game. consecutive matches. for the first time since 1932.
OFF AND OPERATION
Auburn’s Tank Bigsby ran for 122 yards on 11 carries, giving him a back-to-back 100-yard performance to open the season. Hunter, who won the No. 2 running back role on Saturday in Shaun Shivers’ absence, tied the feat in the first two games of his college career.
The No.25 Tigers, who made their poll debut this week, will most likely stay ranked but won’t get many style points for this win over an FCS opponent.
Auburn travels to face Penn State in a prime-time showdown on September 18.
The state of Alabama will have a week off before hosting Bethune-Cookman on September 25.
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