Coach Tommy Tuberville said the game plan was to attack the Ole Miss defense on the ground.
"We were being conservative, obviously," the Auburn coach said. "We didn't throw the ball a lot. We felt like we controlled the ball. We wanted to keep our defense off the field. We probably played it close to the vest a little bit too much."
Tuberville said some credit should be given to Ole Miss. "They are a team that is getting better," he said. "They play hard. As I told our guys, we were going to get the hardest game from Ole Miss tonight as anyone has all year because of what happened to them last week.
"They were ready to play. I'm proud of our guys because we were on the verge of scoring a few more points. The red zone kind of hurt us tonight. We weren't that much of an oiled machine on offense. We'll go back to work and try to get better for next game."
Sophomore defensive end Antonio Coleman had another solid performance for the Tigers. He had three tackles for losses and two of Auburn's three quarterback sacks.
"He has picked up where Quentin (Groves) left off," Tuberville said. "Those two are going to be a good one-two punch the rest of the season. Antonio is playing well. He is smart.
"Tonight, when they put the other young man (QB Brent Schaeffer) in there when we knew they were going to run bootleg, he did a good job on that. He did a good job of reading the inside, what we call an inside zone play. He is just a heads up player. He's a guy who is always around the ball.
"He got a little frustrated early," Tuberville said. "They were pushing him around a little bit late. He is one of those guys who is calm and cool, but I think they got a little bit under his skin a little bit. He turned it up another notch. That is not a guy who you want to rile up."
Next on the schedule is the final non-conference game and the first breather for the Tigers as Tennessee Tech comes to Auburn for a 1:30 p.m. homecoming game.
"It has been a long nine weeks," Tuberville said. "These guys had to get to the top of their game or try to play at the top of their game every week. The schedule that we've had has been brutal. There hasn't been any gimmies so to speak. It has been tough.
"It has been as much mental as it has physical," Auburn's coach added. "We have become better. We have become better in the last six or seven weeks. It didn't look like it tonight, but we knew we would get this type of effort. We had a gutty effort, but we were just a little off sync on offense. That is part of it, and Ole Miss had something to say about it. They didn't want to get embarrassed like they did last week. They did a good job."