Auburn's Darvin Adams catches a touchdown in second quarter. Auburn at Miss St football on Thursday in Starkville. -- Todd Van Emst

Tigers hang to top ‘Dogs 17-14

Published 10:31pm Thursday, September 9, 2010

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Cameron Newton threw two touchdown passes and accounted for 206 total yards to help No. 21 Auburn beat Mississippi State 17-14 on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Mississippi State’s last drive ended at the Auburn 40 when Chris Relf’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete with 22 seconds remaining.

Newton, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior, outgained Mississippi State 146-125 all by himself in the first half. After leading 17-7 halftime, the Tigers managed to hold off the Bulldogs for the win.

Auburn (2-0) has won 17 of its past 18 SEC openers. The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs 348-246. Mississippi State (1-1) hasn’t won its first two games in a season since 2000.

  • jis1999

    War Eagle. Wonderful defensive effort last night.

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