Auburn, AL. (EETV) – It was a slow start for the Tigers, but despite a scoreless first quarter Auburn Football managed to defeat Ole Miss 20-14 making it their fourth straight win against the Rebels.
The game was scoreless until six minutes were left in the second quarter. Auburn’s first points on the board was a 20-yard field goal from kicker Anders Carlson. Later on in the quarter DJ Williams scored a one-yard touchdown that put the up Tigers 10-0.
With 44 seconds left to go, Ole-Miss scored a touchdown leaving Auburn with a three-point lead before halftime.
Quarterback Bo Nix had 340 yards including a 78-yard completion to Harold Joiner. It marked the longest pass play of his season.
Defensively the Tigers held Ole Miss to two touch downs. With Marlon Davidson out with a lower back injury, Derrick Brown stepped up even more and continues to play consistently for the team with seven tackles.
This is the first game of season without former backup quarterback Joey Gatewood who recently announced he would be transferring from the university on Wednesday, Oct. 29, via social media.
On special teams, consistency was on and off. Carlson missed three field goals, but Christian Tutt intercepted a 57-yard return on the last play of the game.
Auburn gets to take next Saturday off because of a bye week on Nov. 9. Head Coach Malzahn spoke on how the team needs the break to take on the number eight Georgia Bulldogs.
“We needs that break. We’re a little banged up. We need to heal up. The off week couldn’t come at a better time,” said Malzahn.
Number 11 Auburn moves to 7-2 and will play again in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 16 against the Georgia.