OXFORD, Miss. — The quarterback who had the reputation as a runner showed he could pass, and the so-called one-man football team showed it has plenty of options to attack the unsuspecting and defensively challenged.
Auburn, playing as the No. 1 team for the first time in 25 years, overwhelmed Ole Miss 51-31 Saturday night in front of 61,474 fans in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with a change-of-pace attack from quarterback Cam Newton that produced another runaway offensive performance in the Tigers’ surprising season.
The so-called No. 1 jinx that had seen Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma fall in successive weeks couldn’t catch Auburn. The Tigers rolled up 572 yards and had their easiest game of the year against an SEC team, maybe against any team.