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               === Marshall, Auburn knock off No. 24 Ole Miss ===
 
 Auburn, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nick Marshall ran circles around the Ole Miss
 defense,  with  the  Auburn  quarterback  scrambling for  140  yards  and  two
 touchdowns  as  the Tigers outplayed  the No. 24 Rebels  in a 30-22 victory on
 Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
 
 Marshall   also  completed  11-of-17  passes  for  93  yards,  but  was  aided
 tremendously  by  an outstanding effort  from the  Auburn defense, which had a
 pair  of interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown -- and six sacks on the
 evening.
 
 "Obviously  this  was a very big  win against a  good team on our home field,"
 said  Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "I am very proud of our defense, especially in
 the fourth quarter."
 
 Tre  Mason  rushed for 77 yards  and a score on  21 carries and also hauled in
 three passes for 62 yards in the win for the Tigers (4-1, 2-1 SEC), who looked
 rejuvenated coming off their bye week following a loss to LSU.
 
 Ole  Miss (3-2,  1-2), which  was shut  out last  week by  top-ranked Alabama,
 sputtered  offensively  for the second  straight game. The Rebels managed just
 six  first-half  points, their receivers  combined for  six drops and the team
 finished 5-for-19 on third downs for the game.
 
 Bo  Wallace  had a difficult  time under  center, matching two touchdowns with
 two bad interceptions. He ended 25-of-48 passing for 336 yards in the setback,
 while Donte Moncrief caught both his touchdowns and had 122 yards receiving.
 
 "We  are a  beat up football team,"  said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. "We have
 some  guys that  are hurt  and hopefully  we can  get them  back and  get them
 healthy. We look forward to going home."
 
 Marshall's  second score  near the  6  1/2 minute  mark of  the third  quarter
 created  a  27-9 lead  for Auburn,  which seemed  poised to  run away with it,
 especially  after forcing Ole Miss to settle for a 22-yard Andrew Ritter field
 goal on its first touch of the quarter.
 
 Wallace,  though, finally  got the  Rebels into  the end  zone on  the ensuing
 possession by firing a 49-yard touchdown pass to Moncrief to reduce the team's
 deficit to 27-16.
 
 The Ole Miss quarterback had a chance to make it a one-score game early in the
 fourth  after his defense  recovered a fumble, but he was sacked twice and the
 Rebels  were forced  to  punt. The  Rebels got  another  chance, however,  and
 Moncrief  capitalized  when he fought  his way into the  end zone on a 13-yard
 completion to make it a one-score game.
 
 Auburn  received  its only real  scare of the  night when running back Cameron
 Artis-Payne  fumbled at the end of an 18-yard run. Ole Miss recovered, but the
 Tigers  got  the ball back when  Ryan Smith intercepted Wallace at the 50-yard
 line.
 
 After  an  exchange of punts, Cody  Parkey kicked a 23-yard field goal through
 with 3:02 left in the game, staking Auburn to a 30-22 lead. The Tigers defense
 then  got the stop  it needed, sacking Wallace on Ole Miss' final two plays to
 seal the win.
 
 Auburn  traveled  80 yards in  six plays  on its first  series of the game, as
 Mason  hauled in  a 29-yard  pass early  in  the march  to set  up his  1-yard
 touchdown plunge. The team faked the extra point, though, and failed.
 
 The  Rebels responded  with a field goal  on the ensuing drive, with a 21-yard
 scamper from Barry Brunetti helping to set up a 42-yard kick for Ritter.
 
 Wallace  had Ole Miss driving again toward the end of the first, but the drive
 stalled  at the Auburn 21 when Robenson Therezie picked off a pass and rumbled
 78 yards the other way for a touchdown and a 13-3 Tigers lead.
 
 Auburn continued to pad its advantage in the second, as Marshall led a 12-play
 drive  with 61 rushing yards on four quarterback keepers. The Tigers converted
 three third downs on the march before Marshall scored on a 5-yard rush to open
 a 17-point edge for the hosts with 5:17 to play in the half.
 
 Ole  Miss  made it  a two-score game  again on its  last possession before the
 break,  as it  moved 48 yards into  range for Ritter's 44-yard field goal that
 made it 20-6.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Auburn  linebacker  Cassanova McKinzy suffered  an apparent neck injury on the
 last play of the first quarter. He had to be carted off, but later returned to
 the sideline wearing a brace ... Jeff Scott rushed for 66 yards on six carries
 for Ole Miss.
 
 
 10/06 01:28:32 ET

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