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Tigers Make Early Lead Last In 17-14 Win

Dan Mullen knew very well what he was doing when the Mississippi State coach invested so much first-year effort into recruiting Cameron Newton. And after watching the quarterback in action, in an Auburn uniform, Bulldog fans understand too. The Tiger triggerman is the real deal, making the biggest first-half plays for a three-score lead that held up in a 17-14 Auburn victory.

Newton, who Mississippi State coach Mullen successfully signed as an assistant at Florida the first time, lived up to billing with a splendid SEC debut. He led the Tigers (2-0, 1-1 SEC) in rushing with 70 yards; and completed 11 of 19 passes for 136 yards and both Auburn touchdowns. What was more to the point, Newton dominated the first two quarters for 142 of those net yards and directed all the...

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