SEC Digital Network
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 9 Auburn hit the road on Saturday to face off with Tennessee at Neyland Stadium, and the Tigers rode to a 55-23 victory on the strength of 444 rushing yards. After a closely contested game in the early goings, Auburn (9-1) used the strength of a 28-point second quarter to distance itself from the Volunteers (4-6) and run away to another victory.
After back-and-forth scores in the early stages, Auburn took control before the half thanks to the running of Nick Marshall and Tre Mason. Marshall carried 14 times on the day for 214 yards and two scores, while Mason carried 20 times for 117 yards and three scores from the tailback position. Overall, the Tigers ran the ball 53 times on the day and ripped off 8.4 yards per carry.
Marshall didn’t throw much for Auburn, attempting only seven passes on the day and recording just 35 yards through the air total. But Auburn’s run game was so prolific in this contest that it would not matter.
The Vols had their share of success on the ground as well, churning out 225 yards and winning the time of possession battle. It was not enough though, despite 124 yards and a touchdown from running back Raijon Neal.
Passing – Joshua Dobbs, 16-for-25, 128 yards, INT
Rushing – Raijon Neal, 20 car, 124 yards, TD
Receiving – Marquez North, 5 rec, 58 yards
Passing – Nick Marshall, 3-for-7, 35 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Nick Marshall, 14 car, 214 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – C.J. Uzomah, 1 rec, 25 yards, TD