AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Chris Todd and Terrell Zachery hooked up on
a school-record 93-yard touchdown pass to help Auburn beat
Louisiana Tech 37-13 in Gene Chizik's debut as head coach.
Todd passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns, including the long
one early in the third quarter. He had shoulder surgery in December
and won the starting job despite missing spring practice in Gus
Malzahn's newly installed offense.
Onterio McCalebb rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown to become
the first Auburn freshman to run for 100 yards or more in an opener
since Bo Jackson in 1982. Ben Tate also rushed for 117 yards.
The fiery Chizik exhorted fans and pumped his fists during the
pregame Tiger Walk to Jordan-Hare Stadium. His hiring, after going
5-19 in two seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, drew plenty of
fire from fans and the media alike.