It’s been the Auburn performance we’ve come to expect.

The defense has given up some big plays in the first half, including a 75-yard touchdown in which the secondary had a busted assignment. Montravius Adams and Cassanova McKinzy have anchored the defensive front for the Tigers, but San Jose State quarterback Blake Jurich has made some throws to beat the Tigers’ secondary.

Safety Jermaine Whitehead is anchoring that secondary. He recorded his second interception of the season, the first Auburn defensive back to record picks in back-to-back games since Jerraud Powers in 2007.

Nick Marshall and the Auburn offense has rolled. It’s been a more balanced attack from Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee. Marshall has completed short passes including hitches and slants with the Spartans’ secondary playing off the line of scrimmage.

Running backs Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne have split the carries thus far, giving the Tigers 13 straight games with 200 or more yards rushing. Artis-Payne has eclipsed 100 yards and has three scores on the night. Auburn now has had a 100-yard rusher in eight consecutive games, a program record.