Auburn needed that.
After weeks of struggling, Auburn’s offense came alive against Mississippi State as the Tigers beat the Bulldogs 27-13 Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and was Hugh Freeze’s first conference win as Auburn’s head coach.
It started in the first half as the Tigers had back-to-back touchdown drives to open the game. Payton Thorne finished the half 15 of 20 passing for 192 yards and three touchdowns and looked to be in complete control of the offense.
He finished the day 20 of 26 for 230 yards and three touchdowns to have his best game as a Tiger.
The offense took its foot off the gas in the second half as they protected the lead. The Bulldogs were able to cut into the lead but Auburn was able to pick up the much-needed win and provided optimism for the offense moving forward.
The defense kept up its great work, holding the Bulldogs to 13 points and forcing the game’s only turnover.
The offensive breakout in the first half fired up the Auburn fanbase which took to social media to celebrate the win, here is a look at the top reactions.
WE ARE SO BACK
— Kyle (@AllAubarn) October 28, 2023
— Graham Carr (@grahamcarr2) October 28, 2023
This is the year. Payton Thorne has improved so much under this new offense. He’s focused. He’s having fun
— Dan Peck (@DanielAllenPeck) October 28, 2023
I will gladly watch games in Porto for the entire season if it will help Auburn. Anything for the alma mater. #WarEagle
— John Carvalho (@John_P_Carvalho) October 28, 2023
I am having fun! War Eagle!
— Allie Davison (@Allie_Davison) October 28, 2023
The coaches are putting Payton Thorne in a position to succeed and he is BALLIN’ 🤩
PAYTON THORNE??!!! WHO IS THIS GUY!!!
— Auburn Barstool (@WarDamnStool) October 28, 2023
Shane Hooks with a grown man touchdown reception.
— Sir Barnsalot 🍤 (@barnsalot) October 28, 2023
We threw the ball and scored. I repeat, WE THREW THE BALL AND SCORED.
— Heather (@Heather_ishh) October 28, 2023
Keionte Scott >>>
— Madison Riggins (@mqriggins) October 28, 2023
good teams win, great teams cover 😎
— brandie (@brandieeemac) October 28, 2023
— Beverly Smith (@aubieisausome) October 28, 2023
WHAT A HALF OF FOOTBALL.
HUGH I SEE YOU
— Aubie’s son🦅 (@AubieSon) October 28, 2023
— Aubie the Tiger (@AubietheTiger01) October 28, 2023
Offense is so fun
— Not So Famblee (@NotSoFamblee_AU) October 28, 2023
Good dub. 14 point win, don’t like the second half but we needed that badly