NCAAF Game Recap - Mississippi at Auburn
Sat Nov 2, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

Wof
14
Clem
59
F
UGA
24
Fla
17
F
Oreg
56
USC
24
F
Utah
33
Wash
28
F
Miss
14
Aub
20
F
WVU
14
Bayl
17
F
Mich
38
MD
7
F
SMU
48
Mem
54
F
VaTec
20
ND
21
F
Cin
46
ECU
43
F
GaSo
24
App
21
F
Boise
52
SJSU
42
F
K St
38
Kans
10
F
NCSt
10
Wake
44
F
Navy
56
UConn
10
F
Buff
43
E Mi
14
F
NIU
10
C Mi
48
F
Hou
29
UCF
44
F
UTSA
14
TxAM
45
F
BC
58
Syr
27
F
Neb
27
Purd
31
F
Lib
63
UMass
21
F
OD
17
FLInt
24
F
Akr
6
BGSU
35
F
Troy
35
CoCar
36
F
ArkSt
48
ULMon
41
F
UNLV
17
ColSt
37
F
Army
13
AF
17
F
Marsh
20
Rice
7
F
TCU
27
OkSt
34
F
UTEP
26
NorTx
52
F
Rut
10
Ill
38
F
MiaFL
27
FlaSt
10
F
MidTN
20
Char
34
F
Tuls
26
Tul
38
F
FlAtl
35
W Ky
24
F
MisSt
54
Ark
24
F
Pitt
20
GATec
10
F
OreSt
56
Ariz
38
F
TxSt
3
ULLaf
31
F
UAB
7
Tenn
30
F
NW
3
Ind
34
F
Vand
7
SCar
24
F
UVA
38
UNC
31
F
Colo
14
UCLA
31
F
BYU
42
UtSt
14
F
NM
10
Nev
21
F
Fres
41
Hawaii
38
F

Nov 2, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Mississippi (3-6)

0

7

0

7

14

(11) Auburn (7-2)

0

10

10

0

20

Nix, No. 11 Auburn hold on, 20-14 over Ole Miss
Sat Nov 2, 2019 11:49 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn piled up yards, if not points, and the defense didn't permit many of either.

Bo Nix passed for a career-high 340 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown run and the 11th-ranked Tigers withstood Mississippi's final drive to escape with a 20-14 victory Saturday night.

Auburn (7-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) mostly dominated on the stat sheet but struggled to put the 19-point underdogs away after repeated stalled drives and three missed field goals. Anders Carlson's third miss, a 49-yarder with 1:14 to play, gave Ole Miss (3-6, 2-4) a shot at a winning drive.

A defense that has kept Auburn in every game made one final stop.

"When the game was on the line, I'm real proud of the offense flipping the field and real proud of the defense ending the game the way it did," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

The Tigers endured some harrowing moments along the way.

The Rebels, who had no timeouts left, quickly moved from their 31 into Auburn territory. Plumlee hit Braylon Sanders for a 17-yard pass after a holding call negated a big gain and then ran 20 yards.

Finally on fourth-and-3 from the 35, Plumlee scrambled around and made a desperation heave under pressure. Christian Tutt intercepted the ball and raced most of the way to the other end zone. And Auburn, which was coming off a 23-20 loss at No. 1 LSU, managed to survive.

Nix completed 30 of 44 passes, including a 78-yarder to Harold Joiner that set up Auburn's first touchdown. Then he watched a defense that has kept the Tigers in every game.

"We're confident in our defense, the best in the country, and they delivered for us again," Nix said. "We had our chances, so we left it in the hands of them and thank goodness, they came through for us."

Auburn outgained the Rebels 507-266 in total yards but couldn't convert much of that production into points. Carlson did make kicks of 20 and 38 yards.

Nix's fellow freshman D.J. Williams got most of his 24 carries and 93 yards in the second half. Anthony Schwartz gained 89 yards on nine catches, including a 50-yarder.

Plumlee led the Rebels on a 15-play, 91-yard touchdown march late to cut it to one score. Jerrion Ealy burst outside on fourth-and-1 from the 5 to set up Snoop Conner's 1-yard run with 5:45 left. Auburn was flagged for two personal fouls on the drive.

"We tried to stay consistent in the run game, and it gave us a chance to win the football game," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said. "A few three-and-outs left our defense on the field a long time. I think that hurt our defense in the second half for sure. But they bowed their necks, fought their guts out and gave us a chance to have the ball, driving with a chance to win the football game."

Nix answered in the battle of freshman quarterbacks with a final drive that included three passes for first downs and worked most of the clock down.

Malzahn called a timeout with 1:20 left facing fourth-and-2. Carlson's potential clinching kick went wide right. The coach said he never considered trying to go for it and run down the clock.

"I've got a lot of confidence in him, and I'd do the same thing again," Malzahn said.

Plumlee passed for 86 yards and ran for 92.

THE TAKEAWAY

Mississippi: Couldn't generate much of a passing game. Cut it to 10-7 at halftime with Plumlee's 4-yard scamper with 44 seconds left. It was set up by Elijah Moore's 55-yard punt return.

Auburn: First four drives generated 157 yards, two missed field goals, a fumble and a punt. But the defense remains one of the league's stingiest, even short-handed.

DEFENDERS OUT

Auburn safety Jeremiah Dinson missed the game with a virus and was replaced by Jamien Sherwood. Defensive end Marlon Davidson sat out with lower back tightness, with Derick Hall starting in his place.

UP NEXT

Mississippi hosts New Mexico State on Nov. 9.

Auburn has an open date before hosting No. 8 Georgia on Nov. 16.

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Passing

Miss Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Plumlee 21 11 52.4 0 86 25 1 43.0
M. Corral 6 3 50.0 0 13 11 0 56.3
Aub Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Nix 44 30 68.2 0 340 78 0 91.1

Rushing

Miss Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Plumlee 17 92 5.4 20 1
J. Ealy 14 44 3.1 14 0
Aub Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Williams 24 93 3.9 9 1
K. Martin 7 33 4.7 10 0

Receiving

Miss Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Conner 2 33 16.5 25 0
B. Sanders 1 17 17.0 17 0
Aub Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Schwartz 9 89 9.9 50 0
H. Joiner 1 78 78.0 78 0

Fumbles

Aub F FL
B. Nix 1 1

Returning

Miss KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Ealy 3 22.7 0 24 0 - 0 0
E. Moore 0 - 0 0 1 55.0 0 55
Aub KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Tutt 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 1
N. Igbinoghene 1 46.0 0 46 0 - 0 0

Punting

Miss Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Brown 8 341 42.6 57
Aub Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Siposs 3 114 38.0 44

Takeaways

Aub Int Yds InTD
C. Tutt 1 57 0

Team Stats Comparison

Miss Aub
Points For 14 20
Total Yards 266 507
Rushing Yards 167 167
Passing Yards 99 340
Passing Completions / Attempts 14/27 30/44
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/1
First Downs 16 26
Penalties - Yards 2/25 3/44
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/15 12/21
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/4 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 8/43 3/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Miss Aub
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter Miss Aub
Aub 8:57 FG Anders Carlson 20 yd FG 0 3
Aub 12:26 TD D.J. Williams 1 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 0 10
Miss 14:16 TD John Rhys Plumlee 4 yd run (Luke Logan kick) 7 10
3rd Quarter Miss Aub
Aub 4:51 TD Bo Nix 1 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 7 17
Aub 10:45 FG Anders Carlson 38 yd FG 7 20
4th Quarter Miss Aub
Miss 9:15 TD Snoop Conner 1 yd run (Luke Logan kick) 14 20

Game Information

Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Attendance: 87,457
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