AUBURN, ALA., SEPT. 30 -- With stars such as Bo Jackson, James Brooks and Joe Cribbs, Auburn has long been known as a running team. But this year the Tigers are winning -- or tying -- with the pass.

That continued Saturday night, when redshirt freshman Stan White led a fourth-quarter comeback to salvage a 26-26 tie with No. 5 Tennessee. White, leading passer in the Southeastern Conference, threw a school-record 58 passes and tied another at 30 completions as No. 3 Auburn overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit.

He passed for 338 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-tying 11-yarder to Greg Taylor with 1:56 left that completed the rally from a 19-3 halftime deficit. In the fourth quarter, he completed 16 of 31 for 171 yards and two fourth-down touchdowns. "He's going to be a great one," Taylor said.

After three games, Auburn (2-0-1 overall, 1-0-1 SEC) has gained almost twice as many yards passing (295) as running (151). "Their passing game was more effective than ours," Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors said. "That was a major difference. It kept our defense in tough situations."

Said Coach Pat Dye: "We ran the ball 41 times {for 114 yards}. . . . That's not exactly abandoning the run. But I'd like to see us establish a hard-nosed running game and get some better balance."

After the game, Dye defended his decision to go for the tying extra point kick rather than try for a go-ahead two-point conversion after Taylor's touchdown catch. He still had no second thoughts today. "We were moving the ball at will in the fourth quarter," he said. "We thought we still had time to get the ball back and win the game."

Instead, Tennessee (3-0-2, 1-0-1) had a chance to win, but Greg Burke missed a 34-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.