Commenting on the difference in his team's defense from the first half to the second half, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said, "We got a little bit better pass rush. We told our guys at halftime that they hardly laid a hand on the quarterback the first half. We started moving up front a little bit.
"They are not a very complex protection team," Tuberville said. "They are fairly simple, but when they put their guy five yards deep, and he drops back out of the shotgun, it is hard to get to him.
"I thought we got a lot better push," Tuberville said. "We didn't change a lot. We probably blitzed three or four times. You blitz that offense, it is feast or famine, and we wanted to make them go the long distance. The second half, the key was field position. We had great field position the second half, and we were able to cause a couple turnovers for touchdowns."
In other news and notes:
*New Mexico State wide receiver Brandon Allen said the Auburn defense did a better job in the second half of recognizing what the Aggies were doing on offense. "They started playing man and breaking up our passes.
"Up front, they knew when we would run and when we would pass. They would drop back eight to our four. If they were guessing our plays, that's pretty good, even though we call our plays at the line."
*After turning the ball over 10 times in the past two games, Auburn lost just one fumble and did not throw an interception vs. New Mexico State. On the other side of the ball, the Tiger defense came up with three interceptions and recovered three fumbles.
Sen'Derrick Marks runs with an interception.
*Defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks, who made his first college interception, said the turnover margin switching to Auburn's favor was huge. "It felt good because that is what we try to do every game. That is what the defensive line here at Auburn focuses on all day, every day. Turnovers are the main part of our defensive philosophy. We showed why tonight, and we showed what happens when you are able to force turnovers."
*The last time the Tigers forced six turnovers was in a 2004 victory at Tennessee.
*Auburn had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Tristan Davis (162) and Kenny Irons (103) did it at Kentucky in 2005. Ben Tate netted 111 yards and Mario Fannin scored three touchdowns and gained 103 yards.