Cox comes off bench to lead Auburn to 55-20 win over Aggies

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Brandon Cox passed for 135 yards and a touchdown tonight as Auburn broke open a close game to defeat New
Mexico State 55-to-20.

Cox's passing complemented the running of Ben Tate and Mario Fannin.

Tate rushed 21 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Fannin ran the ball 15 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns, including a 67-yarder in the fourth quarter.

The game was redemption for both Cox and Fannin.

Cox was benched early in last week's upset loss to Mississippi State and was mostly ineffective in Auburn's 1-2 start.

Fannin had fumbled in the first three games, but held onto the ball against the Aggies after spending the week carrying a football every where he went on campus.

His three touchdowns were the most by an Auburn player since 2005.

Auburn (2-2) held a slim 21-20 lead at halftime.

New Mexico State (2-2) was led by Chasee Holbrook. He completed 29-of-40 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns, but had three interceptions.

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