AUBURN, Ala. -- Tre Mason returned a kick 100 yards and Corey Grant scored on a 75-yard run to lead Auburn to a 31-24 victory over Washington State on Saturday night in Gus Malzahn's debut as the Tigers' coach.
Robenson Therezie also picked off two passes, including one in the end zone with less than five minutes remaining, for the Tigers (1-0). They had managed just two interceptions during last season's 3-9 debacle.
The Malzahn-versus-Mike Leach matchup of offensive innovators produced plenty of big plays and drama.
The Cougars (0-1) had two chances to tie it in the final five minutes, but Therezie's interception and an incompletion on fourth down ended the threats.
Grant gained 146 yards on nine carries. Junior college transfer Nick Marshall was 10-of-19 passing for 99 yards in his starting debut.
Connor Halliday was 35 of 65 for 344 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted three times.
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Alabama coach Nick Saban took exception with the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia, lashing out at those that "buried" the Crimson Tide.
Despite a 1-4 start to the season and a 7-11 record since taking over at Texas, coach Charlie Strong has ongoing support from school officials and key boosters, according to several sources.
Auburn senior receiver D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team.
Questions are being raised about the transparency of the daily fantasy industry after DraftKings employee might have used privileged information to win $350,000 in a weekend contest on FanDuel.
As much confidence as LSU coach Les Miles expresses in the abilities of his receivers, he has apparently decided to see if the threat of lost playing time sharpens their focus.
Michael Brewer, originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks, broke his left collarbone in the Hokies' season-opening loss to No. 1 Ohio State.