Austin Golson (above) and the Auburn offensive line had another strong performance.
Oxford, Miss.--Trailing 22-20 at halftime to Ole Miss, Auburn outscored the Rebels 20-7 in the third and fourth quarters to take a hard-fought SEC football road victory on Saturday night.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and his players said adjustments on both offense and defense helped the Tigers after intermission.
“I am really proud of our defense as far as adjustments in the second half to hold that group to seven points,” Malzahn said.
Commenting on the offense, the head coach had praise for his coordinator and play caller, Rhett Lashlee. “I thought Rhett did a really good job with adjustments. Really, it is just a huge win in a tough place to play.”
Center Austin Golson said that the offensive line made adjustments on blocking assignments that helped the running attack. “They did some things, including blitzes, we had not seen,” the junior pointed out. “After we got that squared away I thought we did a good job.”
Ole Miss managed just 45 total yards on the Auburn defense in the fourth quarter. “We made some changes,” sophomore cornerback Carlton Davis said. “Ole Miss has a great offense. I?have a lot of respect for them. They came out ready to compete, but we are happy to come out on top.
“Coach (Kevin) Steele said we had to tighten up on our coverage and make some adjustments,” Davis added. “He told us we had to give the offense a chance to win the game for us and that is what we did. We alternated our coverages by rotating to some different looks. It wasn’t too much, but they were the adjustments that were necessary for us to win.”
Malzahn agreed with Davis. “We started getting up on them a little bit. We played a little bit of cover two to try and keep them from the short ones. They are a good offense. They are one of the best offenses in college football. When they are playing at home they are really tough.”
In other news and notes:
*Auburn has held five consecutive opponents without a rushing touchdown
*AU is 27-8 under Malzahn with a 100-yard rusher in his Auburn head coaching tenure. Auburn has produced a 100-yard rusher in 35 of 48 games under Malzahn.
*The Tigers are 27-8 when rushing for more than 200 yards under Gus Malzahn.
*Auburn has had more than 30 minutes of possession in five of its last six games (Texas A&M, 31:04; LSU, 32:11; ULM, 33:15; MSU, 33:22, UM, 32:37).
*Nate Craig made his first career start at wide receiver in place of Tony Stevens, who was a no-go due to an injury. He became the 11th first-time starter this season.
*The 1,124 total yards combined were the most ever in an Auburn-Ole Miss game topping the 1,024 from a 35-28 Auburn win for Coach Doug Barfield’s Tigers in 1979.
*Linebacker DeShaun Davis had a career-high 10 tackles.