The star of the show on offense for Auburn was sophomore wide receiver Chris Slaughter. In what would definitely be considered his breakout game, Slaughter caught eight passes for 131 yards. He says while that is nice getting a win would have been much better.
"I just wish we would have had the win and a couple more touchdowns," Slaughter says. "I do feel real confident right now after having a big game."
When Auburn's most veteran receiver Rod Smith went down early in the game with a hip pointer that left much of the action up to Slaughter. Making plays when his name was called, Slaughter says Saturday was the chance he's been waiting on and he hopes he can be that playmaker Auburn has been looking for on offense.
"I think I could," Slaughter says. "He told me today that when I got my opportunities to make some plays…the coaches have had confidence in me it was just about getting me the ball. He said they were going to give me the ball more than they used to."
Facing a defense that has been suspect at best against the pass, Auburn came in wanting to make some plays throwing the football. Early on though the throws came short and to the outside before the Tigers began to open things up down the field. Slaughter says there's an easy explanation for Auburn's change in style.
"That's all that coach has been saying all week," Slaughter says. "He said we would have our chances to make plays on the perimeter this week. We haven't been doing it all season because people have been playing zone on us. He said we would get our chance. I think we made a statement.
"In practice and when we watched film they almost always played man coverage," Slaughter adds. "When we came out they started dropping back into a zone. In the second half they got back to playing man. We couldn't really go deep early but when they got back in man coach said to throw it deep and that's what we did."
While Slaughter had a huge day so too did quarterback Kodi Burns. Completing a career high 27 passes for another career high 319 yards, Burns made plays throwing the football on Saturday, something many thought he couldn't do. Slaughter says while it wasn't a win he thinks his fellow sophomore may have earned some respect against Ole Miss.
"I think he shut everybody up," Slaughter says. "They were saying he couldn't throw the ball. People were talking that Kodi wasn't a quarterback and that he couldn't throw. I think he shut their mouths up today."
At 4-5 overall and with games against UT-Martin, Georgia and Alabama remaining, Auburn must win two of its final three games to even become bowl eligible. Slaughter says because of that the team has to play with a must-win attitude the remainder of the season. They'll get that chance beginning Saturday for homecoming.