Newton, Tigers get come­back win

Los Angeles Times - - College Football -

auburn, ala. — Cam Newton rushed for 176 yards and three touch­downs and passed for two more scores, lead­ing No. 17 Auburn to an­other come-from-be­hind vic­tory, this one 35-27 against No. 12 South Carolina on Satur­day night.

Auburn (4-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) over­came a dou­ble-digit half­time deficit for the sec­ond week in a row af­ter fall­ing be­hind 20-7. Both of Newton’s scor­ing passes came in the fourth quar­ter af­ter fum­bles by South Carolina quar­ter­back Stephen Gar­cia.

South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) twice drove into Auburn ter­ri­tory in the fi­nal min­utes be­hind fresh­man backup Con­nor Shaw, but he had passes in­ter­cepted both times.

De­mond Washington picked off a pass that de­flected off the hands of re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery in the end zone with 33 sec­onds left to seal the win.

Newton was 16 of 21 pass­ing for 158 yards and also logged 25 runs, in­clud­ing a 54-yard touch­down scam­per af­ter a nice fake hand­off in the first quar­ter.

Auburn racked up 334 yards rush­ing against a de­fense that came in giv­ing up a league-low 60 yards on the ground.

The Tigers trailed Clem­son 17-0 late in the first half last week be­fore win­ning in over­time on a missed field goal. They es­caped again with­out need­ing the lucky break.

The Game­cocks had no turnovers in the first three quar­ters and four in the fi­nal 15 min­utes to way­lay a bid for their first 4-0 start since 2001.

South Carolina was also seek­ing SEC win No. 107 for coach Steve Spurrier, which would have given him sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond-place be­hind Alabama’s Bear Bryant.

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Auburn cor­ner­back T’Shar­van Bell (22) tack­les South Carolina run­ning back Mar­cus Lat­ti­more in the first quar­ter.

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