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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LIVE BLOG: No. 24 Ole Miss at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — It’s another Saturday and that means another road trip to the state of Alabama for the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels. A week after being shutout by No. 1 Alabama, the Rebels (3-1 overall, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) are looking to rebound tonight against the Tigers (3-1, 1-1).

Tonight’s game will begin at 6 p.m. ESPNU will be broadcasting the game live with Clay Matvick and Jon Stinchcomb calling the action.

Ole Miss hasn’t won at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium since Eli Manning was a senior. That day Manning led the Rebels to a 24-20 win over the Tigers, who were coached by former Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville.

Tonight’s game features two teams with similar offenses. Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze and Gus Malzahan both use an up-tempo style so we may be looking at 160-180 snaps. I’ll have all the scores, by quarter, as well as stats posted through the game. Enjoy.

FIRST QUARTER

Auburn gets on the scoreboard first with a 1-yard run from Tre Mason. The Tigers mixed it up with some runs and passes, but Mason did most of the work on the six-play, 80-yard drive. He had a catch for 29 on a screen as well as three rushes for 19 yards. Auburn QB Nick Marshall also had a 28-yard run for a first down. Auburn went for 2 and failed. Auburn 6, Ole Miss 0. 10:16.

Ole Miss answered the Tigers’ score with a 50-yard drive that resulted in a 42-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter. The Rebels had a chance to keep the ball moving down the field but Bo Wallace missed Laquon Treadwell on third down from the Auburn 25. Auburn 6, Ole Miss 3. 6:42

Wallace’ first interception of the year goes for an Auburn touchdown as Robinson Therezie returns the errant pass 78 yards for a touchdown. Auburn 13, Ole Miss 3. 1:39.

The quarter comes to an end with the Rebels at the Auburn 49 following a 6-yard completion from Wallace.

SECOND QUARTER

Auburn continued to gain big yards on the ground on its second drive of the quarter. Marshall had a key 26-yard run on the drive as well as a gain of 16 yards early in the possession to gain a first down. He kept the ball on the 12th play of the drive, good for a 5-yard score. Auburn 20, Ole Miss 3. 5:17.

Ole Miss was able to salvage its last drive of the first half with a key completion from Wallace to Treadwell on fourth down at midfield. The drive stalled, but the Rebels got another FG from Ritter. Auburn 20, Ole Miss 6. 41 seconds.

Ole Miss finished with 51 plays compared to Auburn’s 27 in the first half. The Rebels had 234 total yards, with Wallace going 14-for-23 with an interception. Marshall led all rushers with 84 yards on just five carries.

THIRD QUARTER

Freeze’s gamble to go for it on fourth down on the Rebels’ side of the 50 paid off as Scott gained 53 yards to put the ball down at the Auburn 6. Unfortunately for the Rebels, the Tigers held, forcing a third FG from Ritter. Auburn 20, Ole Miss 9. 9:45.

Marshall continued to gash the Rebels’ defense as Auburn scored another rushing touchdown. Marshall capped a 79-yard drive with a 5-yard rush around the left side of the offensive line, squeezing his way over the goal line at the 1. Auburn 27, Ole Miss 9. 6:35.

The Rebels finally got across the goal line when Wallace hooked up with Donte Moncrief for a 49-yard touchdown. The score came after the Rebels had to burn their second timeout of the half, but the score ended a six-quarter touchdown drought in the process. Auburn 27, Ole Miss 16. 5:55.

Freeze’s willingness to go for it on fourth down backfired just before the period came to an end as Scott came up 1 yard short of the first down near midfield. Auburn got the ball and drove to the Rebels’ 31 as the quarter came to an end. Auburn 27, Ole Miss 16.

FOURTH QUARTER

Ole Miss gets to within a touchdown of the Tigers with a 13-yard reception from Moncrief on a screen pass. Wallace set the score up with a 38-yard throw to Moncrief on first down from the Rebels’ 49. The 2-point try failed. Auburn 27, Ole Miss 22. 8:29. (October 5, 2013)

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