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Marshall, Bray lead No. 5 Auburn to 45-17 victory over Louisiana Tech

  • Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

Nick Marshall threw three touchdown passes and rushed for 105 yards to lead No. 5 Auburn to a 45-17 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Marshall completed 10 of 17 passes for 166 yards for the Tigers (4-0), who produced an array of big plays to spark an offense that otherwise sputtered at times. Next up: No. 17 LSU visits to start a stretch against six straight ranked Southeastern Conference teams.

Quan Bray caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and returned a punt 76 yards for another score in a 53-second span of the fourth quarter. Those plays turned a competitive game into a route against the Bulldogs (2-3), who have also lost to No. 4 Oklahoma.

Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the Tigers.

Auburn starting linebackers Kris Frost and Cassanova McKinzy both left the game with unspecified injuries.