The No. 12-ranked Auburn Tigers (7-2, 4-2) hung on to defeat the Ole Miss Rebels (3-6, 2-4) 20-14 this past Saturday, Nov. 2, in Auburn’s first home game since a Sept. 28 win over Mississippi State.
Despite the Tigers rolling up more than 500 yards of offense, the Rebels were able to keep the score close throughout the game.
Auburn kicker Carlson Anders got the scoring started with a 20-yard field with 6:03 remaining in the first half.
Anders had a new partner on field goals against Ole Miss as former Enterprise Wildcat Jacob Quattlebaum saw his first game action snapping on field goals for the Tigers. Quattlebaum was named Special Teams Player of the Week by Auburn for his performance against Ole Miss. Carlson ended the game 2-of-5 on field goal attempts.
Auburn extended the lead to 10-0 with a 1-yard touchdown run from DJ Williams with 2:34 remaining in the opening half.
The Rebels weren’t quite ready to pack up and head back to Mississippi, however, as J.R. Plumlee cut the lead to 10-7 following a 4-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds remaining in the first half.
In the third quarter, Tiger quarterback Bo Nix extended the lead to 17-7 with a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:09 left in the third quarter.
Carlson then booted a 38-yard field goal with 4:15 left in the third quarter to stretch the lead out to 20-14.
Ole Miss made things interesting with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter on a Snoop Conner 1-yard touchdown run to cut the lead down to 20-14, but the Tiger defense was able to hang on and secure the victory.
Nix led the Tigers completing 30-of-44 pass attempts for 340 yards along with 20 yards on the ground. Williams rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts.
Auburn receiver Anthony Schwartz caught nine passes for 89 yards.
The Auburn defense was led by Derrick Brown and Daniel Thomas with seven total tackles each. Brown also had one tackle-for-loss.
The Tigers enjoy a bye-week this week before hosting Georgia on Nov. 16.
Alabama gets set for big showdown
The No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers (8-0, 4-0) will head to Tuscaloosa this Saturday to face off against the No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) in a matchup with major playoff implications.
In a game that has been traditionally won on defense, the No. 4-ranked offense in the entire nation (LSU) will match up against the No. 9-ranked offense (Alabama). A big key to the game will be whether or not Alabama’s Heisman hopeful quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is able to play less than three weeks after ankle surgery. The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. on CBS on Nov. 9.