Seth Williams caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, Kam Martin ran for 116 yards and Auburn’s defense pitched a shutout in a 53-0 victory over Liberty on Saturday.

Liberty linebacker Brandon Tillmon celebrates a sack of Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Liberty linebacker Brandon Tillmon celebrates a sack of Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Auburn (7-4) held a pass-happy Liberty (4-6) offense in check, recording its first FBS shutout in 10 years (34-0 win over Louisiana Monroe in 2008).

Auburn tight end Sal Cannella (80) grabs touchdown pass from Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn tight end Sal Cannella (80) grabs touchdown pass from Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Williams, a true freshman, recorded his first career 100-yard game, and Martin passed the century mark for the first time this season. The Tigers offense racked up 531 yards of offense, their highest output against an FBS foe this year. It was also the most points scored since beating Arkansas 56-3 in 2016.

Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow (28) breaks loose for a long run against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow (28) breaks loose for a long run against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Auburn’s defense and special teams set the tone early. Jordyn Peters blocked a punt that resulted in a safety and senior linebacker Darrell Williams had a pick-6. Anders Carlson kicked a 53- and 20-yard field goal and the Tigers led 15-0 at end of the first quarter.

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) throws a touchdown pass against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) throws a touchdown pass against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Carlson entered the game just 3 of 11 on field goal attempts of over 40 yards.

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) jogs in untouched for a running touchdown against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) jogs in untouched for a running touchdown against Liberty during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

After that upstart opening quarter, Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham accounted for a pair of scores in the second quarter to put Auburn up 32-0 at the break. Thirty-two points would have been Auburn’s third-highest output of the year.

Auburn running back Kam Martin (9) hits a hole as Liberty defensive back Malik Matthews (24) closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn running back Kam Martin (9) hits a hole as Liberty defensive back Malik Matthews (24) closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Liberty quarterback Stephen Calvert threw 11 straight incompletions in the second quarter, then hit a 1 of 19 stretch in the third. The junior completed just 9 of 28 passes (32 percent) for 79 yards with two interceptions.

Auburn offensive lineman Mike Horton (64) battles Liberty defensive lineman Vincent Elefante (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn offensive lineman Mike Horton (64) battles Liberty defensive lineman Vincent Elefante (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

UP NEXT

Auburn defensive back Jordyn Peters (15) stops Liberty running back Ceneca Espinoza, Jr. (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn defensive back Jordyn Peters (15) stops Liberty running back Ceneca Espinoza, Jr. (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Liberty: The Flames are home on Saturday and play New Mexico State for the second time this season.

Auburn linebackers Deshaun Davis (57) and Darrell Williams (49) stop Liberty running back Peytton Pickett (25) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn linebackers Deshaun Davis (57) and Darrell Williams (49) stop Liberty running back Peytton Pickett (25) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Auburn: The Tigers travel to face No. 1 Alabama for the Iron Bowl on Saturday.

Liberty head coach Turner Gill looks on between plays against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Liberty head coach Turner Gill looks on between plays against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

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Auburn kicker Anders Carlson (26) kicks a field goal to open scoring during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Liberty, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
Auburn kicker Anders Carlson (26) kicks a field goal to open scoring during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Liberty, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Source: The Associated Press

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