AUBURN, Ala. (Sports Network) - Cam Newton's four first-quarter touchdowns helped third-ranked Auburn trample Chattanooga, 62-24, at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Newton ended the game with 317 passing yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 24 yards and a score for the Tigers (10-0), who took a break from the rigors of the SEC and will close the conference schedule with games against Georgia next week and Alabama on November 26.
Newton's outstanding performance came in the wake of eligibility allegations which spawned earlier this week. The quarterback connected with four different receivers, including Terrell Zachery seven times for 148 yards and one touchdown.
Chattanooga (5-4) got on the scoreboard on a 98-yard kickoff return by Brian Sutherland after Auburn went up 34-0 on a Newton 80-yard pass to Zachery.
B.J. Coleman had a solid game as the Mocs' signal-caller, completing 20-of-39 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown.
Auburn struck 30 seconds into the game when Newton found wide receiver Darvin Adams for a 30-yard touchdown toss. The Tigers kept pressuring early, as Newton connected on a 20-yard TD pass to Emory Blake with 9:33 left in the opening quarter. Newton also added a one-yard touchdown run less than five minutes later.
The Tigers scored on every possession of the first quarter to take a 27-0 lead on another Adams 39-yard score from Newton. They put up 21 points in the second quarter to take a 48-14 lead into halftime.
The Mocs' offense put up 334 yards during the game and found the end zone with 1:19 left in the first half when quarterback Coleman lofted a seam pass to Garrett Hughes for a 23-yard touchdown.
Meanwhile, Auburn had scored three touchdowns in the second quarter on Zachery's 80-yard reception, a 49-yard run by Onterio McCalebb and a Michael Dyer 37-yard run. The Tigers finished with 628 total offensive yards.
Chattanooga's opened the second half with a Keon Williams one-yard run and then capped off their scoring with a Jeff Veres 37-yard field goal with 7:55 left in the game.
Auburn's two second-half scores came from Mario Fannin with a 13-yard run in the third quarter and a 42-yard run in the final frame.