STARKVILLE, Miss. — — Bo Nix threw for one landing and ran for an additional to steer Auburn to a 24-10 victory over Mississippi State in its remaining common season sport of the 12 months.
Auburn (6-4) put solely subject objectives on the board in every of the sport’s first three quarters, however Nix related with Seth Williams early within the fourth to present the Tigers a 16-3 lead, then scrabbled 3 yards to attain once more on the subsequent possession.
“They take a whole lot of possibilities,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn mentioned. “They’re very unconventional. We knew they could get us some, however within the second half, with the sport on the road, our guys responded. There’s a whole lot of optimistic power on the market, and it was good to win it the best way we did.”
Mississippi State (2-7) continued to wrestle offensively in head coach Mike Leach’s first season. The Bulldogs managed simply 240 yards of complete offense and didn’t rating their solely landing of the sport till halfway via the fourth quarter.
“No person actually thought after we began this season that we’d play Auburn that shut,” Leach mentioned. “So that you guys have been in for a nice shock there.”
Many of the Tigers’ 345 yards of offense got here from the bottom. Tank Bigsby rushed for 192 yards and as soon as once more helped the Tigers management the sport’s tempo.
“He runs violently, he breaks tackles,” Malzahn mentioned. “I don’t assume he’s 100% proper now, and he nonetheless rushed for nearly 200 yards in opposition to one in all, statistically no less than, the higher defenses in our league.”
Bigsby completed the common season with 834 dashing yards, passing Bo Jackson to change into the second most prolific freshman rusher in class historical past.
“This has been the longest season ever in my life,” Bigsby mentioned. “It’s been a grind. An actual grind to be trustworthy with you. No person is aware of what all goes on inside, they solely see the skin. However we obtained via it. We performed 10 video games. It was a tough 12 months, however we obtained via it.”
“We have been capable of make him uncomfortable,” Malzahn mentioned. “We hit him. It regarded like an Auburn protection on the market.”
Auburn: The Tigers completed the season with a successful file for the eighth consecutive 12 months underneath Gus Malzahn however has taken a transparent step backward within the pecking order of the Southeastern Convention’s rough-and-tumble Western Division.
Mississippi State: After opening its season with a shock victory on the street over defending nationwide champion LSU, Mississippi State has now misplaced seven of its final eight video games. Their protection can solely hold the rating shut for therefore lengthy.
Mississippi State will host Missouri subsequent Saturday to shut out its 2020 schedule.