Scores

Final

Ball State 30

(0-4, 0-2 away)

Auburn 54

(4-0, 4-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

1 2 3 4 T
BALL 7 3 7 1330
AUB 7 26 14 754

Top Performers

Passing: C. Todd (AUB) - 287 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: O. McCalebb (AUB) - 8 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Zachery (AUB) - 5 REC, 122 YDS, 2 TD

Auburn's Todd ties team mark with 5 TD passes

Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Todd passed for 287 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes to lead Auburn to a 54-30 victory over winless Ball State on Saturday night another rain-delayed game for the Tigers.

Auburn (4-0) trailed 7-0 early, but rallied with an impressive offensive showing, gaining 487 yards.

Todd's aerial show included touchdowns of 46 yards and 65 yards to Terrell Zachery in the second quarter. Zachery had five catches for 122 yards.

Onterio McCalebb rushed eight times for 86 yards for Auburn.

Kelly Page passed for 101 yards and one touchdown and ran for another to lead the Cardinals (0-4).

Auburn continued its impressive early season offensive showing. The Tigers have scored 181 points so far this season, the most ever for Auburn in its first four games.

Kickoff was delayed for 30 minutes because of heavy rain and lightning. It was the second week in a row that storms had delayed the start of an Auburn game. Last week's game against West Virginia was delayed for more than an hour by rain and lightning.

Todd's five touchdown passes tied the Auburn record set by Daniel Cobb in an overtime game against Louisiana Tech in 2001.

In addition to the two long scoring passes to Zachery, Todd had scoring passes of 26 yards to Darvin Adams, 36 yards to Mario Fannin and 6 yards to Tommy Trott.

Ball State refused to give up, scoring 20 points in the second half, mostly against Auburn substitutes.

Auburn backup quarterback Neil Caudle got into the game in the second half and scored on 52-yard run up the middle.

Ball State put an early scare into the heavily favored Tigers, jumping out to a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. The score came after Auburn's Anthony Gulley fumbled a Ball State punt and Kyle Hoke recovered at the Auburn 18. The Cardinals scored four plays later on a 2-yard run by Miquale Lewis.

Auburn got its offense going late in the first quarter after Josh Bynes recovered a fumble by Cardinals quarterback Kelly Page. The Tigers then drove 29 yards in five plays, scoring on a 6-yard pass over the middle from Todd to Tommy Trott. It was Trott's third career touchdown catch and first since 2006.

Auburn quickly turned the game into a blowout after that, scoring 23 points in the first 7 minutes of the second quarter. The offensive burst included the two touchdown bombs to Zachery and an impressive 65-yard run by McCalebb to the Auburn one-yard-line. McCalebb scored on a 1-yard run a play later.

Ball State's only other score in the first half came on Ian McGarvey's 33-yard field goal.

Auburn's Wes Byrum kicked a 33-yard field goal at the end of the first half. It was his sixth field goal in six attempts this season. The six consecutive field goals is a career best for Byrum.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
AUB
1st Downs1921
Total Yards260560
Passing114306
Rushing146254
Penalties4-239-86
3rd Down Conversions5-154-10
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers22
Possession35:5624:04

Passing Leaders

Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Page16/281013.610
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Todd19/2628711.050

Rushing Leaders

Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams11595.4022
Lewis15442.919
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCalebb88310.4162
Tate13634.8018

Receiving Leaders

Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Orsbon7355.007
Hill3206.708
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Zachery512224.4265
Adams57314.6126

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALLAUB
TD12:26MiQuale Lewis 2 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 70
TD02:53Tommy Trott 6 Yd Pass From Chris Todd (Wes Byrum Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERBALLAUB
TD13:47Terrell Zachery 46 Yd Pass From Chris Todd (Wes Byrum Kick) 714
SF12:53MiQuale Lewis Tackled By Josh Bynes In End Zone 716
TD12:20Onterio McCalebb 1 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 723
TD08:22Terrell Zachery 65 Yd Pass From Chris Todd (Wes Byrum Kick) 730
FG02:35Ian McGarvey 33 Yd 1030
FG00:07Wes Byrum 32 Yd 1033
THIRD QUARTERBALLAUB
TD11:39Darvin Adams 26 Yd Pass From Chris Todd (Wes Byrum Kick) 1040
TD08:50Kelly Page 21 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 1740
TD07:09Mario Fannin 36 Yd Pass From Chris Todd (Wes Byrum Kick) 1747
FOURTH QUARTERBALLAUB
TD12:39Zane Fakes 1 Yd Pass From Kelly Page (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 2447
FG10:14Ian McGarvey 37 Yd 2747
TD07:19Neil Caudle 52 Yd Run (Wes Byrum Kick) 2754
FG02:21Ian McGarvey 33 Yd 3054