Defending champs survive in opener vs Utah St.

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on September 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Mike Dyer bulled through the line for a game-saving touchdown with 30 seconds left and defending national champion Auburn escaped with a 42-38 win over Utah State on Saturday.

The 23rd-ranked Tigers (1-0) scored twice in the final 2:07, just when it seemed like the Aggies (0-1) were poised for a stunning victory.

First-time starter Barrett Trotter hit Philip Lutzenkirchen for a 15-yard touchdown to start a Cam Newton-like comeback. Then wide receiver Emory Blake collected the onside kick to set up the game-winning drive. Trotter completed three passes and Onterio McCalebb had runs of 10 and 14 yards to push the ball near the goal line.

Then, national championship game MVP Dyer ducked his head and powered through the Utah State defenders.

Poised freshman quarterback Chuckie Keeton couldn't muster a threat in the final seconds for the Aggies.

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