Mississippi State gets crushed at home by Auburn

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STARKVILLE, Miss-Kamryn Pettway ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns, Sean White threw for 204 yards and a touchdown and Auburn cruised to a 38-14 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Pettway was dominant for the Tigers, running around and through Mississippi State’s defense as Auburn built a 35-0 halftime lead. The sophomore thrived even with a huge workload, carrying the ball 27 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He finished with 39 carries.

Pettway’s role was increased after starting running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a right leg injury in the first quarter and didn’t return.

Auburn (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight.

Mississippi State (2-3, 1-2) actually had a little momentum in the game’s opening minutes when Kivon Coman intercepted a deflected pass to give the Bulldogs’ great field position at the Auburn 19. But five plays later, Westin Graves missed a 28-yard field goal.

It only got worse for Mississippi State.

Auburn scored touchdowns on five of its next seven drives to take control of the game. By late in the second quarter, boos could be heard from the home crowd as Mississippi State’s listless offense took the field.