The Auburn Tigers made some mistakes against Tennessee that kept the Volunteers within threatening distance early. But having the SEC’s best rushing attack allows you to get away with a few errors here and there. Just when it looked like Auburn was in for a tough league road battle, the ground game gained traction and took Tennessee for a ride.
The Tigers ran the ball so well against the Vols, Nick Marshall only had to throw seven passes all game. But Auburn rolled up 444 rushing yards on 53 attempts to run away with a 55-23 road win. Marshall led the way with 214 yards and two TDs on just 14 carries, followed by Tre Mason’s 117 yards and three scores.
Two touchdowns on special teams helped too. Chris Davis returned a second-quarte punt 85 yards for a score. Then, Corey Grant took the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards to the house. Davis nearly broke another punt return, if not for a saving tackle by the Volunteers punter.
Auburn continues to control their own destiny in the SEC West, and only two huge rivals remain on the schedule. The Tigers take on Georgia next week and have a bye before taking on No. 1 Alabama to close out the season. If all goes right, the Iron Bowl will be the de-facto division championship game.