AU Defense Gives Rebs The Gunn

Auburn defensive end Marquies Gunn had a strong performance vs. Ole Miss.

Auburn, Ala.--As the Ole Miss Rebels limped home after a 27-3 loss on the plains of Auburn, part of the wounds they suffered can be attributed to Gunn play, Marquis Gunn play to be more specific.

The junior defensive end stepped up with his finest performance of the season with six solo tackles, including three for losses in the Rebel backfield.

"We were prepared for everything they did," said Gunn. "Coach (David) Gibbs' game plan showed us everything we needed to get prepared.

"I think we played a really good game on defense," Gunn added. "After losing last week we came out and did what we needed to do."

Marquies Gunn makes a sack vs. the Rebels.

What the Tigers did was limit the Rebels to just 23 rushing yards and 186 net passing yards. At the end of the three quarters, before the home team had slammed the door shut with its final touchdown, the Rebs had just 123 total yards.

"It was physical game, very physical," a smiling Gunn said after the victory. "I just tried to come out and outdo my opponent. I feel very comfortable with the way I played. I think it was my best one."

Offensive tackle Marcus McNeill, who works regularly against Gunn in practice, said he wasn't surprised. "I have been waiting for him to do this," the senior said. "It seemed like every time I looked up, he was making a play."

Auburn improved to 4-1 in the SEC and stays alive in the race for the divisional title and a berth in the SEC Championship Game. "We have to win out and hope that Alabama beats LSU," Gunn said.

Next on the agenda for Gunn and the Tigers is a road trip to Kentucky. Kickoff is noon CST in Lexington on next Saturday.

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