Big plays and points early on the Plains

AUBURN, Ala. -- The first quarter has barely started and we have 21 points on the board.

The Auburn Tigers first got on the board with a 35-yard touchdown run by Michael Dyer. He took the handoff, cut right and once he hit the sideline he was gone. Mississippi State had two defenders just eating his dust as he sprinted in.

Auburn scored again when Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf's pass intended for Chad Bumphis bounced off the helmet of an Auburn defender and into the hands of safety Demetruce McNeal, who took the ball 44 yards for the touchdown to make it 14-0 with 11:39 left in the first.

Less than a minute later, Mississippi State backup running back LaDarius Perkins broke off a 40-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7.

Looks like we might have a shootout brewing here in Auburn. The Bulldogs were really tight before that long run, so we'll see if they can loosen up now.