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

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.