AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Making his first start, quarterback Cam Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores to help Auburn beat overmatched Arkansas State 52-26 on Saturday night.
Newton, a junior college transfer who started his career at Florida, brought the crowd to its feet late in the second quarter when he broke the game open with a 71-yard touchdown run, dashing up the middle on a keeper. His score made it 35-16.
Freshman running back Michael Dyer ran 14 times for 95 yards and one touchdown for Auburn, while Quindarius Carr caught two passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers.
For Arkansas State, Ryan Aplin completed 28-of-42 passes for 278 yards and one score. Dwayne Frampton caught eight passes for 74 yards and one touchdown for the Red Wolves.
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