Updated: Saturday, September 4, 2004 9:20 PM EDT
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(18) Auburn 31, UL Monroe 0
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AUBURN, Alabama (Ticker) -- Carnell "Cadillac" Williams made a big impact in his return to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Williams ran for 103 yards and caught a nine-yard touchdown pass to lead No. 18 Auburn to a 31-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in the season opener for both teams.

Just over six minutes into the first quarter, Jason Campbell hit Williams in the flat, and the running back scampered in for the game's first score.

"Scoring the first touchdown of the year felt felt really good," Williams said. "It was fun to get back into the end zone. I hadn't been there in a while. Whether it is a catch or a run, touchdowns feel good."

The preseason All-American had declared for the NFL draft after last season but decided to return for his senior year. Last season, Williams ran for 1,307 yards, the sixth highest total in school history.

Auburn rushed for 194 yards and two scores. Ronnie Brown, who also ran for more than 1,000 yards last season, had a 32-yard TD run and backup quarterback Brandon Cox ran 15 yards for a score.

"I never thought my first collegiate touchdown would be a run and not a pass," Cox said. "I had a play fake to the left and rolled right. I looked up and didn't see anyone in front of me."

"It won't be an alternation when we get into our season," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Jason is our No. 1 quarterback. We wanted to get Brandon in the game and get some experience."

Campbell added a second touchdown pass, a 32-yard connection with Devin Aromashodu in the third quarter to make it 24-0.

"Their safety was in the middle, and we had 1-on-1 coverage with Devin," Campbell said. "Their safety never got over there to help and I saw the opportunity to score. Devin broke free and made a great catch."

Auburn recorded its first shutout since beating Western Carolina, 56-0, on September 9, 2002.

"It was a good start," Tuberville said. "I saw a lot of good things. We played with a lot of intensity and we got the job done."

The Tigers reversed their fortunes from last season, when they were blanked, 23-0, in their opener by USC, which went on to share the national championship.

The defense held on numerous occasions for Auburn. The Indians were only 2-for-12 on third down conversions and had only 239 total yards.

The Tigers have won their last 35 games when scoring 30 or more points, including 22 in Tuberville's six-year tenure.


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