Newton scored two touchdowns on the run and three passed in and accounted for 357 yards of total offense.
Newton said he felt the team wasn't firing on all cylinders, but was proud of his performance.
"As the game kept going on, I felt my feet settling in," Newton said. "There were a lot of times I thought I could make plays with my feet because of the man coverage."
Auburn only beat ASU in first downs 23-22, and ASU had more offensive plays 84-65.
ASU recovered two Auburn fumbles and had more time of possession, but fell short in converting opportunities into points.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said many things went wrong this game, but the majority of errors were fixable.
“I think the positives in the game were that we had a lot of explosive plays on offense,” Chizik said. “I think second half defensively, we got a better feel for what they were doing.”
Senior wide receiver Kodi Burns ran in a three-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to bring Auburn ahead of the Red Hawks 7-6.
Newton threw another touchdown to senior running back Mario Fannin and ran another in before halftime. The score at the break was 35-16.
Senior place kicker Wes Byrum kept his point-after streak alive, kicking 7-for-7 and hit a 24-yard field goal.
Freshman running back Michael Dyer bolted out of the gate with 95 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.
Dyer said scoring in his first game was exciting.
“I just went out and did what the coaches asked and played my role as a teammate," Dyer said. "My first game was very exciting. Coming from high school to college and competing in front of my family was a great experience."
Chizik said many things tonight were encouraging. However, he thinks a lot of things have to improve before the first SEC game at Mississippi State in five days.
“We have to start tomorrow, and we have to correct a bunch of things that I think our whole football team understands that we have not arrived yet,” Chizik said.