Starkville, MS (EETV)- Auburn finished the regular season with a 24-10 win over Mississippi State in a defensive battle for four quarters.
Both offenses struggled to find their rythm as they combined for nine points in the first half. The Tigers found the end zone twice in the fourth quarter on two straight 90+ yard drives.
The Auburn defense slowed down the air raid offense from the Bulldogs, holding them 19 yards rushing and forcing two interceptions.
Head coach Gus Malzahn praised his defense saying, "They were very impressive. We were able to put constant pressure on their quarterback and make him uncomfortable. It really looked like an Auburn defense and I'm real proud of our guys."
Freshman running back Tank Bigsby carried the offense 192 yards rushing on 26 carries. This was his fourth game of over 100 yards. Bigsby ranks second among Auburn freshmen for yards in a single season, passing Bo Jackson in 1982.
"I put the team on my back," Bigsby said, "I just kept running until we could get the victory so I just want thank the o-line."
Bo Nix did not have his best performance, completing 15 of 32 throws for 125 yards and a touchdown. Seth Williams led the recievers with three catches for 57 yards and one touchdown.
"I just told the team how proud I am of the sacrifice that they made to play this season," Malzahn said, "Our team has great character and we get a majority of those guys back."
Auburn will be off for the next two weeks but will await their bowl destination which will be announced on the ESPN Bowl Special Show on December 20th. Auburn finishes the season 6-4 and third in the SEC West standings.