A closely matched game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs saw the Auburn Tigers get a in their first SEC challenge of 2013.
Auburn began the game with a strong drive on their first possession. The Tigers covered 52 yards in 11 plays, but the Bulldogs were able to keep them to a field goal. Cody Parkey kicked the 40-yard field goal. Mississippi State tried to answer with their own 11-play drive to cover 57 yards, but their 35-yard field goal attempt missed.
Auburn took the momentum of the game and rolled back to the endzone in three plays, all Nick Marshall passes to Quan Bray. The third pass saw Bray carry the ball for a 76-yard touchdown. The Tigers then took the opportunity to grab a two-point conversion. A Ryan White pass to Brandon Fulse secured the points.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in replying. QB Dak Prescott passed to Robert Johnson for a 61-yard gain. On the next play, Jameon Lewis rushed 14 yards for the touchdown. Hoping to follow Auburn's 2-point conversion, a rush by Nick Griffin was stopped by the defense.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Tigers found another chance to score. The 13-play drive covered 73 yards, but was held to a field goal. Parkey kicked the 19-yard field goal with 13:36 on the clock.
Mississippi State found their second touchdown before halftime. The 11-play drive covered 79 yards and included a 34-yard Prescott pass to Jameon Lewis. The score was made by Prescott with a 5-yard rush with just over 5 minutes remaining in the half. Devon Bell's kick set the score at 13-14.
Coming back from halftime, the Bulldogs pushed through the Auburn defense. The 6-play drive covered 75 yards with the highlight being a 47-yard rush by Dak Prescott. Two plays later, Prescott added the TD with a 2-yard rush into the endzone. Bell's kick put the score at 20-14.
On their next possession, the Tigers covered 59 yards in 6-plays. An amazing play saw Auburn QB Nick Marshall attempt to pass, but it was deflected by a defender and returned to Marshall. The maneuver was just distracting enough to the defense that Marshall claimed a 34-yard gain. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they still could not reach the endzone during the drive and called in Parkey to kick a 47-yard field goal.
The 4th quarter went largely scoreless as both defenses tightened up. Eventually, Auburn found themselves with 1:56 remaining at their own 12-yard line. QB Nick Marshall began a series of gunslinger passes to press down to the red zone. With 15 seconds left in the game, Marshall landed a pass in the arms of C.J. Uzomah for a last-minute touchdown. Cody Parkey added the extra point to set the score at 24-20. The Bulldogs were afforded one snap before the end of the game, but couldn't cover the necessary distance.
Next week, Auburn goes on to face #8 LSU in Baton Rouge. Kickoff is set for 6:45 p.m.
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