Part 2: AU 35, UM 31, News, Notes & Quotes

Comments from Marcus Davis plus notes on Auburn's victory over Ole Miss are featured.

Marcus Davis makes a touchdown catch vs. the Rebels.

Oxford, Miss.--As a true freshman last season Marcus Davis caught a key pass on Auburn’s game-winning drive in an exciting game at Texas A&M.

On Saturday night in his team’s exciting 35-31 victory at Ole Miss the receiver ran the exact same play and the result was a 17-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall that put the Tigers on top 28-24 in the third quarter.

“It was just a great opportunity to get in the end zone,” Davis said. “I take my hat off to Nick for making a nice throw.”

Marshall passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the third-ranked Tigers knocked off No. 4 Ole Miss.

Davis hasn’t had much action as a receiver this year with Duke Williams and others being the primary targets. “I can still do other things to help us win and that is the important thing,” the sophomore said. “Whatever helps the team go, that is what I am down for.

“It was a great game,” he added. “It just feels good to get out of here with a victory.”

The Tigers improved to 7-1 with the victory heading into next week’s home game vs. Texas A&M.

In other news and notes:

*The victory at Ole Miss is the seventh time under Head Coach Gus Malzahn that his Tigers have had both a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver

*The game was the first in the history of Ole Miss football that featured two Top 10 ranked teams on the Rebels’ home field.

*Dating back to 1971 the Tigers are 15-0 in games vs. Ole Miss when rushing for at least 200 yards.

*In the last 15 games the Tigers have scored a rushing touchdown.

*Since Malzahn took over as head coach last season, Auburn has produced seven games with a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yarder receiver in the same contest.

*Marshall’s two touchdown runs give him nine for his senior season and 21 as an Auburn quarterback. Marshall has seven running touchdowns in the past for games.

*Marshall is up to sixth in AU history for touchdown responsibility with 48, including 13 in the last four games. His 254 passing yards is a season-best.

*Cameron Artis-Payne posted his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 143 yards on 27 carries.

*With 122 yards on five catches, Sammie Coates had his sixth 100-yard receiving game as a Tigers.

*Johnathan Ford had a career-high 12 tackles and led the Tigers in tackles vs. the Rebels.

*Auburn’s 96-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter extends AU’s streak to three games in a row the Tigers have gone for 90 yards for a TD and fifth time in eight games this season.

*Auburn’s 13 penalties were the most for the Tigers since committing 15 in 2002 vs. the Florida Gators. Auburn was penalized 145 yards vs. Ole Miss. The previous high this season was seven vs. both Arkansas and LSU and the high yardage total was 80 vs. LSU.

*Counting his one season at Arkansas State, Malzahn has a 12-1 record in games decided by seven or fewer points.


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