(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: Auburn 37, Louisiana Tech 13
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Chris Todd threw for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help lead the Auburn Tigers to a 37-13 win over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in non-conference action at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Todd converted 17-of-26 passing for the Tigers (1-0) as they earned new head coach Gene Chizik a victory in his debut. Onterio McCalebb generated a game- high 148 yards rushing to become the first Auburn freshman since Bo Jackson in 1982 to rush for at least 100 yards in a season opener. Not to be overlooked was Ben Tate who added 117 yards on 20 carries as well.
The Bulldogs (0-1) were paced by Ross Jenkins who completed 18-of-33 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted once and sacked three times in the setback on the road.
The Tigers scored the first points of the contest on a 25-yard field goal by Wes Byrum at the 9:24 mark of the first quarter. With five minutes remaining in the period Jenkins connected with Dennis Morris for a 19-yard TD strike to give the visitors a brief 7-3 advantage.
Kodi Burns put Auburn back in front less than four minutes later when he made his way into the end zone on a one-yard run, capping a 10-play, 66-yard drive.
Eating up almost seven minutes in the second quarter, LaTech's 18-play, 90- yard drive resulted in just a 20-yard field goal by Matt Nelson, locking the score at 10-10.
But before the half could end, Byrum knocked through a 49-yard field goal at the gun to give Auburn a 13-10 advantage heading into the locker room.
Aside from a 46-yard field goal by Nelson in the final minute of the third quarter, the second half belonged to Auburn as it generated 24 points to cruise to the easy victory.
The assault began with a 93-yard scoring strike from Todd to Terrell Zachery at the 10:59 mark of the third, followed by a 47-yard field goal for Byrum.
In the fourth Todd struck again for the Tigers, this time with a 17-yard TD pass to Darvin Adams, while McCalebb finished off his impressive night with a three-yard touchdown run of his own.
Louisiana Tech was limited to a mere 96 yards rushing and 245 yards of total offense, compared to 556 yards of offense for the Tigers, a team that averaged just 137.5 ypg on the ground a season ago, yet managed to come up with a hefty 301 yards on 52 attempts tonight.
The Tigers entered the game holding a 10-0-1 record in 11 previous meetings versus LaTech.
09/05 23:19:46 ET