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    Auburn Opens Malzahn Era With 31-24 Win

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    By Tim Letcher
    SEC Digital Network

    The Auburn Tigers used big plays to beat Washington State 31-24 on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium, giving new head coach Gus Malzahn a victory in his first game as the Tigers’ head coach.

    Tre Mason returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and Corey Grant added a 75-yard touchdown scamper for Auburn in the game.

    Washington State actually outgained Auburn, 464 to 394, but Auburn’s 295 yards on the ground proved to be a big difference in the contest.

    This game was billed as a matchup of two great offensive minds, as Malzahn tangled with Washington State head man Mike Leach.

    Statistics

    Washington State

    Passing – Connor Halliday, 35-65, 344 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

    Rushing – Teondray Caldwell, 7 carries, 53 yards

    Receiving – Gabe Marks, 9 receptions, 81 yards

    Auburn

    Passing – Nick Marshall, 10-19, 99 yards

    Rushing – Corey Grant, 9 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD

    Receiving – Sammie Coates, 3 receptions, 44 yards