The Auburn Tigers stunned Ole Miss on Saturday by pulling ahead and leaving the Rebels to play catch up for the entirety of the game.
After forcing Ole Miss to punt on their first possession, the Tigers turned around and scored in 6 plays. A Nick Marshall pass to Tre Mason covered 29 yards and a Marshall rush covered another 28 yards during the 80-yard drive. Mason got the score on a 1-yard rush, but the two point conversion was unsuccessful with a pass attempt from Ryan White.
The Rebels' first score was held to a field goal. After covering 50-yards in 7 plays, they faced 4th and 6 from the Auburn 25. Andrew Ritter was called in to kick the 42-yard field goal.
Auburn returned to the endzone with an amazing defensive score near the end of the 1st quarter. A Bo Wallace pass was intercepted by Auburn's Robenson Therezie and returned for 78 yards and a touchdown. Cody Parkey's kick set the score at 13-3
In the second quarter, Auburn found another TD around the 10 minute mark. Steadily moving down the field, the team covered 80 yards in 12 plays. Nick Marshall had the big play of the drive with a 26-yard rush to the Ole Miss 11 yard line. Marshall also had the honor of making the touchdown with a 5-yard rush. Parkey's kick was good.
Ole Miss added to their score again just before the half. In 9 plays the Rebels covered 48 yards, but the Tiger defense stopped them at 4th and 14 at the Auburn 27 yard line. Ritter took the field and kicked the 44-yarder.
After halftime, Ritter added another 3 points for the Rebels. Auburn was forced to punt on their opening possession of the half and Ole Miss followed up with a 10-play drive across 71 yards. On 4th and 2, Rebel Jeff Scott broke out a 52 yard rush to the Auburn 6-yard line. The Tigers were able to hold the Rebels back and they were again forced to go for the field goal. Ritter's 22-yard kick brought the score to 20-9.
Auburn answered the score with another TD. In 9 plays over 75 yards, the Tigers pressed a steady drive to the endzone. Tre Mason grabbed a Marshall pass and gained 39 yards to get to the Ole Miss 39 yard line. Marshall got the score with a 5-yard rush at the 6:35 mark in the 3rd quarter. Parkey's extra point was good.
The Rebels found their first touchdown of the game in style with a big 3-play drive. The opening play of the drive saw Wallace pass to Ja-Mes Logan for 31 yards to the Auburn 49. After an incomplete pass, Wallace was able to connect a pass with Donte Moncrief to get the remaining 49 yards. Ritter's extra point brought the score to 27-16.
In the 4th quarter, the Rebels pounced on the chance to score after a missed field goal attempt by the Tigers. After throwing two incomplete passes, Wallace threw three passes to cover the distance to the goal. A 38-yard pass to Moncrief covered most of the yardage and another pass to Moncrief for 13 yards got the touchdown with 8:29 left in the game. An attempt at the two point conversion failed, leaving the score at 27-22.
Following the score, it looked like the Rebels would make a move for the lead following a fumble by Cameron Artis-Payne that was recovered by Rebel Isaac Gross. The Tigers corrected this a few plays later with an interception of a Bo Wallace pass by Ryan Smith. The Tigers punted that possession and the Rebels would have to punt, too. Auburn finally returned to the scoreboard after getting to a 4th and 3 at the Ole Miss 6. Cody Parkey kicked the 23-yard field goal to bring the game to 30-22.
Ole Miss hoped to grab one more touchdown to stay in the game, but their final possession saw several incomplete passes and was capped off by two sacks on Bo Wallace. Auburn took over the ball and finished off the clock for the win.
Next week, Auburn takes on Western Carolina. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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