Part 2, AU 30, Rebs 22: News, Notes & Quotes

Comments from players plus game notes are featured from AU's victory vs. Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--Gabe Wright and his defensive teammates stepped up in the fourth quarter in holding off Ole Miss for a 30-22 SEC football victory on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The junior defensive tackle recorded two sacks in the quarter. True freshman Carl Lawson and senior Dee Ford added two sacks each for six team sacks, the most for Auburn since sacking Alabama quarterbacks 11 times in 2005.

Wright's sack of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace on the Rebels' final possession with Auburn protecting a 30-22 lead was a thing of beauty as the big tackle rammed through the offensive line and pushed Wallace backward.

"The play opened up beautifully--I don't think he (Wallace) even saw me coming," Wright said of the seven-yard loss. "We were able to stop the run and make them one dimensional. Like Coach (Rodney) Garner said, just pin back our ears and pass rush. That's our favorite thing to do."

The defensive line was a big question mark coming into the season and has had its struggles thus far in Auburn's 4-1 season, but it's getting better.

"We are on the way up," Wright said. "I can tell you that. Practice has picked up and we are being more physical. We are on our way, but definitely haven't reached the pinnacle yet."

Wright was in the game late when the Rebels had to start from their own one-yard line after a Steven Clark punt was downed at that spot in front of the Auburn student section.

"That's the loudest I have ever heard at Jordan-Hare Stadium," Wright noted. "I really enjoyed it and it made a difference. Their receivers couldn't hear the calls and I believe that's why the quarterback kept throwing the ball out of bounds. What a moment."

Wright said he believes the Tigers will continue to move forward. "We know the Auburn Family is behind us. It will be more fun going to practice Sunday after a big win. I know the coaches will have a better attitude. Like Coach (Gus) Malzahn says before we sing the fight song after a win we should look around and see all the smiling faces. What he was getting at is that we didn't have a lot of smiling faces last year. Guys are fighting hard to get better."

In other news and notes:

*The visiting Rebel Black Bears may have been trailing 20-6 at halftime, but they were running plays at warp speed. In the first 30 minutes Ole Miss had reeled off 51 plays for 234 yards, but had only two field goals. Auburn ran only 27 plays for 186 yards, but accounted for two touchdowns offensively. The Rebels finished with 89 plays and 464 yards offense to Auburn's 65 plays for 375 yards.

*Auburn's opening drive of 80 yards consuming 1:31 was the Tigers' third straight scoring drive of 80 yards or better. It was Auburn's quickest scoring drive in an SEC game this season. The last time Auburn scored on its first possession against an SEC opponent was in 2011 versus Georgia.

*Robenson Therezie's 78-yard first-quarter interception for a touchdown was the eighth longest such play in Auburn history. It is the longest interception return for a touchdown by an Auburn player since Walter McFadden in the 2010 Outback Bowl vs. Northwestern. Auburn's last interception for a touchdown was by Trent Fisher vs. Alabama A&M last season, a 60-yard return.

It was Therezie's third interception of the season, and the first interception thrown by Ole Miss' Bo Wallace this season after 118 attempts.

*Nick Marshall's 28-yard gain in the first quarter was the longest rush of his AU career. Marshall's five-yard second-quarter touchdown run was Marshall's first rushing touchdown.

His two touchdown runs against Ole Miss were the first pair of rushing scores by an Auburn QB since Kiehl Frazier scored two rushing TDs in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia. Marshall rushed for a career-high 140 yards on 14 carries. Of his 14 carries, eight resulted in an Auburn first down.

*Marshall posted his first 100-yard rushing game. The last Auburn QB to rush for 100 yards in a game was Cam Newton vs. Georgia in 2010. Marshall becomes the 61st player in Auburn history to have a 100-yard rushing game. This is the first time in Auburn history that Auburn has had four different 100-yard rushers in the same season: others this season were Corey Grant (Washington State); Cameron Artis-Payne (Arkansas State); Tre Mason (LSU)

*True freshman defensive end Carl Lawson's second-quarter sack was the first of his career. He also had the final sack of the game for Auburn. Lawson, Gabe Wright and Dee Ford each finished with two sacks on the night.

*The Tigers finished with six sacks in the game. It is the most sacks in a game for Auburn since sacking Alabama quarterbacks 11 times in 2005.

*Auburn is now 297-4 when it scores 30 or more points in a game and it has won 80 consecutive games when hitting the 30-point barrier.

*Since 1971 Auburn is now 21-0 against Ole Miss when leading at the half. Auburn led 20-6 at the break.

*Unranked Auburn teams are now 31-81-2 when playing a ranked opponent. Auburn's last win when it was unranked and its opponent was ranked was a 16-13 win over No. 9 South Carolina in 2011. An unranked Auburn team is now 3-0 when facing a No. 24-ranked opponent. Two of those wins are over Ole Miss.

*Ole Miss finished with 464 yards of total offense. That is the second time this season an Auburn opponent has had 464 yards of total offense in a losing effort (Washington State). The last time an SEC opponent had 464 yards or more in a losing effort was Mississippi State in 2011 (531 yards) in a 41-34 Auburn win.

*Tre Mason is in 24th place on the Auburn career rushing list after tonight's effort, with 1,578 yards. He has passed Terry Henley (1,534 yards from 1970-72) and Rudi Johnson (1,567 from 2000). He entered the game with 1,501 rushing yards. Mason's first-quarter touchdown was his 14th career rushing and 16th overall career touchdown

*The contest was Military Appreciation Night at Auburn with players wearing a military appreciation shirt under their pads.

*Among those on the sidelines prior to the AU-Ole Miss game were two former all-time greats--former All-American linebacker Takeo Spikes and Tiger and NBA basketball legend Charles Barkley. Spikes gave a pre-game speech to the Tigers.


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