The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 3, 2012

Auburn powers past New Mexico State 42-7


Associated Press

— AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Tre Mason rushed for 152 yards and Onterio McCalebb added 113 and two touchdowns to help Auburn snap a five-game losing streak with a 42-7 victory over New Mexico State on Saturday.

Daren Bates returned a fumble for a 62-yard touchdown for the Tigers (2-7), who picked up a much-needed win in the program's worst start in 60 years with games against No. 7 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama looming. It was Auburn's longest fumble return for a score since 1969.

The rushing outburst helped take pressure off freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace in his first start and gave beleaguered fans something to cheer. The Tigers got season-highs in points and yards with 475 to send the Aggies (1-8) to their eighth straight defeat.

Mason had 22 carries, including a 40-yarder, and scored on a 5-yard run. McCalebb's eight rushes were highlighted by touchdowns of 38 and 7 yards.