AUBURN, Ala. -- A career night from quarterback Nick Marshall on the ground made the difference for the Auburn Tigers on Saturday night.
In a game of two similar offenses, it was the Tigers who got the better of the No. 24 Mississippi Rebels at Jordan-Hare Stadium, winning 30-22. Marshall rushed for a career-high two touchdowns as well as 140 yards to lift the Tigers to their second Southeastern Conference win of the year under first-year coach Gus Malzhan.
Auburn (4-1 overall, 2-1 SEC) surpassed its win total from 2012 and are just two victories from gaining bowl eligibility.
The Tigers were able to garner the win over the Rebels (3-2, 1-2) on the ground, rushing for 282 yards overall. Ole Miss, after losing 25-0 to No. 1 Alabama last week, was held to 124 yards on the ground. They struggled to score touchdowns in the first half before exploding for two in the final 21 minutes of action. Auburn, which never trailed in the game, led 20-6 at the half but the Rebels got to within five points (27-22) when Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace found Donte Moncrief for a 13-yard touchdown reception.
That was as close as the Rebels could get as Auburn held Wallace to three straight incompletions on the Rebels' second-to-last drive of the game, a drive that started at the Ole Miss 1-yard line.
Auburn then gained 25 yards on five plays, taking almost two minutes off the clock. The Tigers iced the game with a 23-yard field goal from Cody Parkey with just 3:02 left in the game.
Ole Miss never gained a first down on its final drive, allowing the Tigers to run out the clock.
In a game of two similar offenses, it was Auburn who got the better of Old Miss in the first half.
Despite running fewer plays than the Rebels, the Tigers jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first 30 minutes. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall dazzled with his runs, including a 5-yarder for a touchdown late in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 20-3.
Wallace was hot and cold, completing key passes to keep drives going but also throwing an interception that was returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Auburn's Robenson Therezie in the first quarter.
The Rebels finished the half with 51 plays for 234 yards and Auburn had 27 plays but gained 186 yards.
Marshall led the Tigers on two scoring drives that covered 80 yards and was their top rusher in the first half with 84 yards on just five carries. Tre Mason tacked on 32 yards on nine rushes.
All of the Rebels' first-half points came from the leg of Andrew Ritter, who made field goals of 42 and 44 yards.
NOTES: Four players carried the ball for the Rebels in the first half, but leading rusher Jeff Scott was held to 15 yards on four carries ... Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell led the Rebels with four catches for 45 yards in the first half. Auburn's top receiver, Marcus Davis, only had two catches for 9 yards.