Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2004 7:04 PM EDT
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(19) Auburn 43, Mississippi St 14
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STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes and Carnell Williams ran for two scores as No. 19 Auburn routed Mississippi State, 43-14, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.

Campbell opened the scoring with a five-yard TD pass to Anthony Mix. He found Ben Obomanu for a 25-yard score in the second quarter to give Auburn (2-0, 1-0 SEC) a 21-0 lead at the half and hooked up with Mix again, this time from 58 yards, to extend the lead to 35-0.

"It was a good game for us. We played with a lot of intensity and we played a lot better than we did last week," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We wanted to come out and control the line of scrimmage and we did that."

Williams, who rushed for six TDs in last season's meeting, had 122 yards and two TDs on 19 carries. Ronnie Brown rushed 15 times for 147 yards for Auburn, which racked up 283 yards on the ground.

"I knew that they were NFL-quality backs. I looked at them for a couple of years when I was at Green Bay," Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom said. "You will see them playing on Sunday next year. I knew going into the game what we would be facing. I just thought we would tackle better than that."

Croom's Bulldogs found it much tougher going against Auburn than in their opener against Tulane. Kyle York threw a pair of TD passes to Jason Husband inside the final two minutes for Mississippi State (1-1, 0-1), avoiding the shutout.

"I do not think that our players like the taste of what happened out there today. I know I don't," Croom said. "If anyone was satisfied with what happened out there today, then they are in the wrong place."

Auburn has won 12 straight SEC openers and has knocked off Mississippi State in the last three meetings by a combined 130-41.

"I think my favorite thing was that we were consistent all day long," Tuberville said. "We got the momentum pretty quick, scored 14 points and they could not stop us."

Williams topped the century mark for the 13th time in his career. He is tied with Joe Cribbs on Auburn's all-time list, trailing only James Brooks (15) and Bo Jackson (21).


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