No. 5 Auburn treated San Jose State like, well, you’d expect a top-five team to treat a cross-country visitor from the Mountain West.
The game was deadlocked at 7-7 midway through the first quarter after Spartans quarterback Blake Jurich hit Tyler Ervin for a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown, but Auburn posted 28 straight points to put the proper amount of distance between themselves and the Spartans.
Nick Marshall played the lion’s share of the snaps at quarterback, completing 10-of-19 throws for 101 yards and a touchdown and adding 11 rushes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Cameron Artis-Payne combined for 199 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 25 attempts, and as a team Auburn totaled 50 rushes for 358 yards and six touchdowns. Interestingly enough, sophomore quarterback Jeremy Johnson threw only four passes on the night, completing three for 34 yards and adding a one-yard touchdown plunge. For the year he’s completed 15-of-20 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns.
Auburn’s numbers could have been even more gaudy, but Quan Bray returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 28-7. They led 38-10 at the half, and cruised to a 59-13 win.
Outside of the 75-yard touchdown, San Jose State passers completed 18-of-31 passes for 179 yards and three interceptions. Oh, and the Spartans were credited with 45 rushes for 65 yards.
Auburn has a quick turnaround, with the 20th-ranked and (barely) undefeated Kansas State Fighting Snyders waiting in Manhattan on Thursday night.