The Auburn Tigers continued to march toward their shot at an SEC Title game by straight pounding Tennessee.
444 rushing yards, a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown were all Auburn needed on the offensive end. Meanwhile, the defense took care of business after being gashed a little bit early on. The Vols got a respectable 354 yards overall, but couldn’t transfer it into enough points to stay in it.
Quarterback Nick Marshall was masterful in the read-option, running 14 times for a whopping 214 yards. When he gave it to running back Tre Mason it was also gold, as Mason ran for 117 yards.
Tennessee took a 13-6 lead early, but after the Tigers tied it the Vols fell apart in the special teams game. Auburn’s Chris Davis returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, Marshall ran for an easy score. Then after the Vols got back into it with a pick-six with less than a minute to go, Tre Mason returned a kickoff into Vols territory. Marshall then ran 38 yards for an easier score to end the half.
The second half was more of the same, as Mason ran back the opening kickoff 90 yards to put the Volunteers away. Marshall only had to attempt seven passes on the day, completing three for 35 yards and then throwing a pick-six of his own.