AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Brandon Cox threw for 245 yards and a
touchdown, and Auburn scored on five of its first seven possessions
in a 48-7 win over South Carolina on Saturday night.
Cox showed no ill effects from the stomach virus that caused him
to miss last week's win over Western Kentucky, completing 19 of 29
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, the former coach at
Florida, has now lost three straight Southeastern Conference games
for the first time in his career.
The Tigers held South Carolina (2-3, 0-3) to seven first downs
and shut the Gamecocks out until Sidney Rice caught a 45-yard
scoring pass from Antonio Heffner with 6:14 to play.
Auburn running backs Brad Lester and Kenny Irons ran for two
touchdowns each. Carl Stewart also had a touchdown rushing for the
Tigers (4-1, 2-0).
Lester ran 13 times for 53 yards, while Irons rushed 11 times
for 27 yards. Irons was also Auburn's leading receiver, catching
four passes for 40 yards.
Heffner, starting instead of the injured Blake Mitchell,
struggled until the fourth-quarter touchdown. He finished 15-of-23
for 133 yards.
A swarming Auburn defense held South Carolina to two first downs
and 78 yards total offense in the first half. It was the fourth
game in a row that Auburn held its opponent scoreless in the first
Auburn took a 31-0 lead when Ben Obomanu caught a 15-yard
scoring pass from Cox with 22 seconds remaining in the second
quarter. It was Obomanu's 16th career touchdown catch and moved him
into third place on Auburn's all-time touchdown receptions list.
John Vaughn kicked field goals of 36 and 39 yards for Auburn.