Scores

Final

Washington St 24

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Auburn 31

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, August 31, 2013

Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

1 2 3 4 T
WSU 7 14 3 024
AUB 8 17 3 331

Top Performers

Passing: C. Halliday (WSU) - 344 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Grant (AUB) - 9 CAR, 146 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Marks (WSU) - 9 REC, 81 YDS

Auburn holds off Washington State in Gus Malzahn's debut

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Tre Mason returned a kick 100 yards and Corey Grant scored on a 75-yard run to lead Auburn to a 31-24 victory over Washington State on Saturday night in Gus Malzahn's debut as the Tigers' coach.

Robenson Therezie also picked off two passes, including one in the end zone with less than five minutes remaining, for the Tigers (1-0). They had managed just two interceptions during last season's 3-9 debacle.

The Malzahn-versus-Mike Leach matchup of offensive innovators produced plenty of big plays and drama.

The Cougars (0-1) had two chances to tie it in the final five minutes, but Therezie's interception and an incompletion on fourth down ended the threats.

Grant gained 146 yards on nine carries. Junior college transfer Nick Marshall was 10-of-19 passing for 99 yards in his starting debut.

Connor Halliday was 35 of 65 for 344 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted three times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSU
AUB
1st Downs2816
Total Yards464394
Passing34499
Rushing120295
Penalties5-215-30
3rd Down Conversions7-174-14
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers31
Possession31:2728:33

Passing Leaders

Washington StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Halliday35/653445.313
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Marshall10/19995.200

Rushing Leaders

Washington StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Caldwell7537.6024
Mason6437.2017
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grant914616.2175
Mason15734.9111

Receiving Leaders

Washington StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marks9819.0014
Ratliff36622.0153
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coates34414.7034
Bray3289.3015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSUAUB
TD10:43Jeremiah Laufasa 4 Yd Run (Andrew Furney Kick) 70
TD02:26Tre Mason 8 Yd Run (Ryan White Run For Two-Point Conversion) 78
SECOND QUARTERWSUAUB
TD08:02Bobby Ratliff 7 Yd Pass From Connor Halliday (Andrew Furney Kick) 148
TD07:46Tre Mason 100 Yd Kickoff Return (Cody Parkey Kick) 1415
TD06:18Jeremiah Laufasa 1 Yd Run (Andrew Furney Kick) 2115
TD06:06Corey Grant 75 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 2122
FG01:11Cody Parkey 47 Yd 2125
THIRD QUARTERWSUAUB
FG06:51Cody Parkey 26 Yd 2128
FG04:18Andrew Furney 43 Yd 2428
FOURTH QUARTERWSUAUB
FG09:07Cody Parkey 42 Yd 2431