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GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi State 39, Auburn 33

By R0BBIE FAULK

STARKVILLE, Miss - Jo'Quavious Marks ran for a 6 yard touchdown in overtime and Mississippi State beat Auburn 39-33 in the Tigers' first game since the firing of coach Bryan Harsin.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) blew a 24-3 lead and watched as the Tigers (3-6, 1-6) outscored them 27-6 in the second half.

But Mississippi State wound up handing Auburn its fifth consecutive loss, this time under interim coach and former Tigers running back Carnell Williams.

Auburn's Anders Carlson pushed a 38-yard field goal attempt wide right to start overtime. Then the Bulldogs capitalized on freshman J.D. Rhym's pass interference on a deep ball to set up Marks' winning score.

Will Rogers broke Dak Prescott's Bulldogs career passing yards and touchdowns records in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs' offense was stuck in neutral for most of the rest of the ball game - until it mattered most.

State built a 24-3 lead in the first half only to see the Tigers work their way back into the game in the third quarter with 13 points thanks to a dropped snap on a punt and an interception from Rogers that closed the gap to 24-19.

The Tigers were able to take their first lead of the game with 6:36 left when Tank Bigsby broke off a 41-yard run to take the 25-24 lead. After a Rogers 33-yard pass to RaRa Thomas put MSU up 30-25 with over 3 minutes left, the Tigers scored again in the final minute and took a 33-30 lead.

Massimo Biscardi hit a 44-yard field to tie the game and the Bulldogs recovered the ball on the ensuing kick after Ben Raybon hit the ball off an Auburn defender. MSU missed the 56-yard field goal and that sent the game to overtime.

Auburn forced three turnovers from Rogers as the quarterback threw an interception and fumbled on two of Auburn's five sacks.

Mississippi State outgained the Tigers 370-331 almost exclusively with the passing game. Rogers was 42-of-59 passing for 357 yards and three touchdowns with the one interception. Auburn's Robby Ashford was 7-of-22 for 70 yards and had 18 carries for 108 yards and two scores.

Tank Bigsby had 13 carries for 94 yards and a score and Jarquez Hunter had 12 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown for Auburn,

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn came into the game with nothing to lose as the Tigers had fired Harsin on Monday. Auburn was energized enough to steal the momentum in the second half.

Mississippi State got an early lead in the game and then set things on cruise control. The lack of offensive production until late in the fourth quarter allowed the Tigers to get back in the game.

November 6, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AuburnMissSt
MissSt FG 12:26 Massimo Biscardi 28 yd FG 0 3
MissSt TD 9:16 Caleb Ducking 13 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 0 10
Second Quarter AuburnMissSt
MissSt TD 14:11 Rara Thomas 22 yd pass from Will Rogers (Massimo Biscardi kick) 0 17
Auburn FG 8:27 Anders Carlson 27 yd FG 3 17
MissSt TD 8:12 Lideatrick Griffin 92 yd kick return (Massimo Biscardi kick) 3 24
Auburn FG 4:05 Anders Carlson 42 yd FG 6 24
Third Quarter AuburnMissSt
Auburn TD 10:18 Robby Ashford 20 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 12 24
Auburn TD 4:18 Robby Ashford 18 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 19 24
Fourth Quarter AuburnMissSt
Auburn TD 6:36 Tank Bigsby 41 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 25 24
MissSt TD 3:49 Rara Thomas 33 yd pass from Will Rogers (failed 2pt pass) 25 30
Auburn TD 1:05 Jarquez Hunter 8 yd run (ROBBY ASHFORD 2pt run) 33 30
MissSt FG 0:29 Massimo Biscardi 44 yd FG 33 33
OT AuburnMissSt
MissSt TD   Jo'quavious Marks 5 yd run 33 39
Team Stats
  Auburn Mississippi State
First downs 14 21
  Rushing 10 4
  Passing 3 15
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-18, 33% 4-16, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 46-256 18-13
Passing Yards 75 357
Return Yards 83 176
Completions-Attempts-Int 7-22-0 42-62-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--21 5--38
Punts 7 5
Punts-Average 44 32
Fumbles Lost 1-1 5-2
Penalties - Yards 14-115 5-35
Time of Possession 32:07 27:53
Auburn Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Ashford 7 22 75 0 0
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 42 59 357 3 1
Auburn Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Ashford 18 108 6.0 2
T. Bigsby 13 89 6.8 1
J. Hunter 12 54 4.5 1
D. Alston 1 7 7.0 0
J. Johnson 1 -1 -1.0 0
D. Worsham 1 -1 -1.0 0
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Marks 7 45 6.4 1
D. Johnson 3 -1 -0.3 0
G. Georgopoulos 1 -11 -11.0 0
W. Rogers 7 -20 -2.9 0
Auburn Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Johnson 1 29 29.0 0
K. Moore 3 23 7.7 0
C. Brown 2 14 7.0 0
T. Bigsby 1 9 9.0 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Thomas 6 84 14.0 2
L. Griffin 2 58 29.0 0
R. Harvey 5 46 9.2 0
J. Walley 4 41 10.3 0
A. Williams 6 37 6.2 0
J. Robinson 4 31 7.8 0
C. Ducking 2 31 15.5 1
S. Ford 2 13 6.5 0
S. Price 2 7 3.5 0
D. Johnson 5 5 1.0 0
J. Marks 4 4 1.0 0
Auburn Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Simpson 1 17
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Auburn Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Chapman 7 308 44.0
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Georgopoulos 3 107 35.7
A. Trafford 2 53 26.5
Auburn Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Worsham 1 5 5.0
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Griffin 1 -3 -3.0
Auburn Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 2 59 29.5
S. Jackson 1 2 2.0
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Griffin 3 144 48.0
S. Price 3 35 11.7
Auburn Missed FG
Player Length
A. Carlson 38
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length
M. Biscardi 56




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