Auburn, Ala (EETV)-
The toughest part of No. 7 Auburn's schedule is yet to come but looking at how they have played so far it is evident that this team is ready.
Gus Malzahn and his Auburn Tigers welcomed in the Mississippi State Bulldogs to Jordan Hare on Saturday and the Tigers set the tone early as not only did their first offensive play result in a touchdown but after just over six minutes of play and three possessions for Auburn, the score was 21-0.
That was where the dismantling of the Bulldogs began as Quarterback Bo Nix completed 16 of 21 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns, with 56 rushing yards and one touchdown for good measure.
Auburn scored six touchdowns in the first half alone to head into the break with a 42-9 advantage as JaTarvious Whitlow led the way with three touchdowns in the first 30 minutes.
Defensively Auburn looked solid once again as they forced three-and-outs on Mississippi State's first two possessions and turned both stops into points on the offensive side.
Daniel Thomas led the way with six tackles, K.J. Britt had five, including two tackles for loss.
As a unit, the Tigers were able to hold the SEC's leading rusher, Kylin Hill to just 45 yards on 17 carries.
Nix would go over the 300-yard mark through the air for the first time in his career in the third quarter on a deep pass to Sal Cannella. The Tigers as an offense gained 578 total yards.
"Overall I'm proud of our team." Malzahn said, "We had a big, emotional win last week on the road, and it could have been easy to let up or look forward to the next game. Our guys didn't do that. We played our best football game as a team to date tonight."