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October 28, 2012

AUBURN FOOTBALL: Tigers lose 63-21 to No. 22 Texas A&M

AUBURN — Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace may be in line for his first start after a strong showing during an ugly loss for Auburn.

Wallace passed for two touchdowns as Auburn's third quarterback and the Tigers lost 63-21 to Texas A&M on Saturday night.

Aggies freshman Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more — in a little more than a half.

The Aggies gained 671 total yards, the most ever allowed by Auburn, in their first game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Texas A&M, in its first season in the Southeastern Conference, led 42-7 at halftime and 49-7 after Manziel's final possession.

Auburn (1-7, 0-6), which has lost five straight, is off to its worst start since going 1-7 in 1952.

The ugly loss came two days after Auburn president Jay Gogue addressed the football program in a message to fans. He said concerns expressed by fans "are sincere and heartfelt, and I share many of them."

Gogue didn't mention coach Gene Chizik but said the program "will be evaluated in an objective, thorough and professional process."

Asked after the loss about his status, Chizik said: "I'm not going there."

"I've got one concern and that concern is those guys in the locker room and trying to get them a win," he said. "It's not about me."

Chizik, looking for a spark for an offense that ranked among the bottom three in the nation in total yards and points per game, tried three quarterbacks.

Wallace provided much-needed hope for the Tigers by completing 6 of 9 passes for 122 yards, including 27-yard scoring passes to Emory Blake and C.J. Uzomah.

Wallace played behind starter Clint Moseley, who was pulled after only one series, and Kiehl Frazier, who completed 6 of 11 passes for 89 yards.

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