Scores

Final

Auburn 55

(2-2, 0-1 SEC)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Jordan-Hare Stadium, AUBURN, AL

1 2 3 4 T
NMSU 7 13 0 020
AUB 14 7 14 2055

Top Performers

Passing: C. Holbrook (NMSU) - 254 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: M. Fannin (AUB) - 15 CAR, 103 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Williams (NMSU) - 9 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Auburn 55, New Mexico St. 20

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- A week after being booed and benched, Brandon Cox passed for 135 yards and a touchdown as Auburn broke open what had been a close game in the second half to defeat New Mexico State 55-20 Saturday night.

Cox's passing complemented the running of Ben Tate and Mario Fannin. Tate rushed 21 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Fannin ran the ball 15 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns, including a 67-yarder in the fourth quarter.

The game was redemption for both Cox and Fannin. Cox, a fifth year senior who started the last two years, was benched early in last week's upset loss to Mississippi State and was mostly ineffective in Auburn's 1-2 start. After booing Cox lustily last week, fans were hollering "Brandon! Brandon!" after he threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Rod Smith early in the third quarter.

Fannin had fumbled three times in the first three games, but held onto the ball against the Aggies after spending the week carrying a football every where he went on campus. His three touchdowns were the most by an Auburn player since 2005.

Auburn (2-2) held a slim 21-20 lead at halftime. Cox, who came in during the second quarter, gave the Tigers a spark as they outscored the Aggies 34-0 in the second half.

New Mexico State (2-2) was led by Chase Holbrook, who completed 29-of-40 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but had three interceptions. Auburn's Johnathan Wilhite had two of those interceptions.

Freshman quarterback Kodi Burns, who saw his first action last week, started instead of Cox. The Tigers started slow, failing to get a first down in their first two possessions.

The defense got Auburn on the board at 7:33 in the first quarter when Pat Sims recovered a fumble by the Aggies' A.J. Harris and returned it 21 yards for a score. It was the first time Auburn had scored first this season.

The Aggies came back as Holbrook got the passing game going, driving 80-yards in 10 plays, including a 44-yard completion over the middle to Nick Cleaver. Holbrook scored on one-yard sneak as the Aggies tied the score 7-7 at 3:51 in the first.

Auburn took the lead on the next play from scrimmage when Burns hit Rod Smith with a 58 yard scoring pass.

New Mexico State tied it again on a 5-yard pass from Holbrrok to Brandon Allen. The Aggies took a 20-14 lead two plays later.

On his first play, Cox fumbled the snap on Auburn's next play and Holbrook followed with a 25-yard TD pass to Chris Williams.

Cox had better luck on Auburn's next possession, leading the Tigers on a 9-play, 62-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Fannin, giving the Tigers a 21-20 lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NMSU
AUB
1st Downs2119
Total Yards379422
Passing259193
Rushing120229
Penalties4-245-40
3rd Down Conversions8-175-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers61
Possession32:0028:00

Passing Leaders

New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holbrook29/402546.423
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cox13/191357.110

Rushing Leaders

New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Buries15553.709
Glynn10343.4024
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tate211115.3119
Fannin151036.9367

Receiving Leaders

New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams910912.1125
Cleaver34515.0044
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith38628.7258
Dunn3268.7013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD07:33Pat Sims 21 Yd Fumble Return (Wes Byrum Kick) 07
TD03:51Chase Holbrook 1 Yd Run (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 3:42
77
TD03:34Rodgeriqus Smith 58 Yd Pass From Kodi Burns (Wes Byrum Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 58 yds, :17
714
SECOND QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD10:24Brandon Allen 5 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Paul Young Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 85 yds, 5:18
1414
TD10:05Chris Williams 25 Yd Pass From Chase Holbrook (Pat Failed)
Drive: 1 plays, 25 yds, :00
2014
TD07:07Mario Fannin 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 62 yds, 2:58
2021
THIRD QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD10:21Rodgeriqus Smith 18 Yd Pass From Brandon Cox (Wes Byrum Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 68 yds, 2:14
2028
TD09:11Brandon Cox 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 3 yds, :22
2035
FOURTH QUARTERNMSUAUB
TD14:56Ben Tate 2 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 41 yds, 3:16
2042
TD13:53Mario Fannin 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
Drive: 2 plays, 9 yds, :55
2048
TD00:22Mario Fannin 67 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 69 yds, 1:00
2055