Newton, Tigers get comeback win
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.
Auburn cornerback T’Sharvan Bell (22) tackles South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore in the first quarter.