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Sport Nix, No. 11 Auburn hold on, 20-14 over Ole Miss

05:07  03 november  2019
05:07  03 november  2019 Source:   ap.org

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

Ole Miss . QB John Rhys Plumlee: 11 -of-21, 86 yards, zero touchdowns, one interception; 17 carries, 92 yards, one touchdown. RB Jerrion Ealy: 14 carries, 44 yards. WR Snoop Conner: two catches, 33 yards; six carries, 20 yards, one touchdown. Auburn . QB Bo Nix : 30-of-44, 340 yards, zero touchdowns Nix was far from perfect, but he came through for his team on a night in which the Tigers had trouble getting out of their own way. With matchups against No. 8 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama still looming, Auburn will have to clean up its offensive miscues to pull off either upset. No two-loss team

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Bo Nix passed for a career-high 340 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown and No. 11 Auburn held off Mississippi 20-14 on Saturday night.

Auburn running back D.J. Williams (3) carries the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)© Provided by The Associated Press Auburn running back D.J. Williams (3) carries the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The Tigers (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 47-yarder with 1:14 to play, gave Ole Miss (3-6, 2-4) a shot at a winning drive.

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Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) scrambles away from pressure during the second half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn , Ala. Bo Nix passed for a career-high 340 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown run and the 11 th-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.

No . 11 Auburn defeated Ole Miss , 20 - 14 , to improve to 7-2 on the year and kick off what the Tigers hope to be a memorable November on the right foot. Auburn 's defense bottled up Ole Miss ' two-quarterback, RPO offense, while the Tigers' offense made some much-needed adjustments after being stuck in neutral last week against Auburn worked to move the ball quickly, and it relied on a wide-open passing attack to do so against Ole Miss . The result was a pass-heavy performance for Bo Nix -- and a much-needed bounceback heading into the team's second bye week of the season. Don't Edit.

Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral scrambles for yardage during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)© Provided by The Associated Press Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral scrambles for yardage during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The Rebels, who had no timeouts left, quickly moved from their 31 into Auburn territory. Plumlee hit Braylon Sanders for an 18-yard pass 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. 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.

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Nix , No . 11 Auburn hold on , 20 - 14 over Ole Miss . Ole Miss QB John Rhys Plumlee fakes a handoff then outruns the defense to the pylon for a four-yard touchdown.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates after running back D.J. Williams (3) scored a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)© Provided by The Associated Press Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates after running back D.J. Williams (3) scored a touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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.

Mississippi quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) carries the ball as Auburn linebacker K.J. Britt (33) closes in for the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)© Provided by The Associated Press Mississippi quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) carries the ball as Auburn linebacker K.J. Britt (33) closes in for the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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

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Bo Nix passed for a career-high 340 yards and had a 1-yard touchdown run and the 11 th-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 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.

Cooper lifts Auburn to 88-82 win over No. 12 Missouri. — Allen Flanigan scored a career-high 24 points with four 3-pointers, Sharife Cooper had a double-double by halftime and Auburn resoundingly thwacked South Carolina 109-86 on Saturday for its first win on the Gamecocks home floor since 2014.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn called a timeout with 1:20 left facing fourth-and-2 from the 30. Carlson's potential clinching kick went wide right.

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.

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.

Mississippi coach Matt Luke walks the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)© Provided by The Associated Press Mississippi coach Matt Luke walks the sideline during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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.

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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