Auburn snaps losing skid, beats New Mexico St. 42-7

Auburn linebacker Darren Bates dives into the endzone for a touchdown against New Mexico State. (

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.

Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama looming. It was Auburn's longest fumble return for a score since 1969.

The rushing outburst helped take pressure off freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace in his first start and gave beleaguered fans something to cheer. The Tigers got season-highs in points and yards with 475 to send the Aggies (1-8) to their eighth straight defeat.

Mason had 22 carries, including a 40-yarder, and scored on a 5-yard run. McCalebb's eight rushes were highlighted by touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards.


Team Stat Comparison {}NMSUAUB 1st Downs1519Total Yards305475Passing222164Rushing83311Penalties2-157-753rd Down Conversions2-135-124th Down Conversions0-10-1Turnovers21Possession28:2231:38Passing Leaders {} New Mexico StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Manley17/302227.400 {} AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Wallace9/1616410.311Rushing Leaders {} New Mexico StateCARYDSAVGTDLG Morrison19794.2031Powell5153.014 {} AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG Mason221526.9140McCalebb811314.1238Receiving Leaders {} New Mexico StateRECYDSAVGTDLG Franklin715422.0051Walls6396.509 {} AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG Blake47819.5029Reed14040.0140Scoring Summary SECOND QUARTERNMSUAUB TD04:56Tre Mason 5 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 07 THIRD QUARTERNMSUAUB TD11:48Jay Prosch 1 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 014TD08:38Daren Bates 62 Yd Fumble Return (Cody Parkey Kick) 021TD02:58Onterio McCalebb 38 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 028 FOURTH QUARTERNMSUAUB TD12:36Tiger Powell 2 Yd Run (Marcus Johnson Kick) 728TD11:20Onterio McCalebb 7 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 735TD07:19Trovon Reed 40 Yd Pass From Jonathan Wallace (Cody Parkey Kick) 742