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Saturday situation, Game 2

The matchup: Auburn (1-0) vs. Arkansas State (1-0)

Malzahn coached at Arkansas State last year.

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn.

When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. CST

TV: Fox Sports Net

Coaches: Gus Malzahn is 1-0 in his first season at Auburn and 10-3 in his second season overall. Bryan Harsin is 1-0 in his first season at Arkansas State and overall.

Senior Writer Bryan Matthews' prediction: Auburn, 37-27

Staff Writer Austin W. Penny’s prediction: Auburn, 41-34

2013 STATISTICS

Points per game: Auburn 31.0, Arkansas State 62.0

Points allowed per game: Auburn 24.0, Arkansas State 11.0

Rushing yards per game: Auburn 297.0, Arkansas State 509.0

Rushing yards allowed per game: Auburn 120.0, Arkansas State 12.0

Passing yards per game: Auburn 99.0, Arkansas State 163.0

Passing yards allowed per game: Auburn 344.0, Arkansas State 161.0

Total yards per game: Auburn 396.0, Arkansas State 672.0

Total yards allowed per game: Auburn 464.0, Arkansas State 173.0

Auburn offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall 10-of-19, 99 yards, 9 carries, 27 yards. RB Corey Grant 9 carries, 146 yards, 1 TD. RB Tre Mason 15 carries, 73 yards, 1 TD, 3 KO returns, 141 yards, 1 TD. RB Cameron Artis-Payne 10 carries, 52 yards. WR Sammie Coates 3 catches, 44 yards. WR Quan Bray 3 catches, 28 yards. PK Cody Parkey 3-of-4, 11 points.

Auburn defensive leaders: CB Jonathon Mincy 8 tackles, 3 PBU. Star Robenson Therezie 7 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 PBU. S Ryan Smith 7 tackles. S Joshua Holsey 5 tackles, 1 interception, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. S Jermaine Whitehead 5 tackles. CB Chris Davis 3 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 3 PBU. DE Craig Sanders 2 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 QBH. DT Montravius Adams 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 QBH. P Steven Clark 5 punts, 41.6 avg, 3 I20.

Arkansas State offensive leaders: QB Adam Kennedy 9-of-12, 149 yards, 1 TD. RB David Oku 16 carries, 124 yards, 2 TD’s. RB Sirgregory Thornton 9 carries, 112 yards, 2 TD’s. RB Michael Gordon 4 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD. RB Fredi Knighten 3 carries, 101 yards, 2 TD’s. WR Julian Jones 2 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD.

Arkansas State defensive leaders: DL Ryan Carrethers 5.5 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks. LB Qushaun Lee 5.5 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 FF. DB Rocky Hayes 3 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 PBU. DE Chris Stone 3 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1 FF. DL Darius Dunaway 3 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks.

Notable: Auburn has won 78 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points ..... Auburn has returned at least one kickoff for a touchdown in each of the last six seasons, the third-longest streak in America ..... Five players started their first career games for Auburn against Washington State: Nick Marshall, Alex Kozan, Robenson Therezie, Craig Sanders and LaDarius Owens ..... Thirteen members of Auburn’s coaching and support staff were on the Arkansas State staff last season ..... Auburn has a 2-0 series record over Arkansas State including a 52-26 win in 2010 ..... Auburn has a 17-0 all-time record against Sun Belt teams ..... The 1988 Auburn SEC Championship team will be honored during pregame festivities.

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