Six of Significance

Ole Miss lost its sixth game of the season, and 11th conference game in a row, at Auburn Saturday night. What six plays shaped the game? We take a look.


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Score: 0-0, Tied
Situation: First-and-10 from the Ole Miss 38-yard line with 13:23 left in the first quarter.
Play: Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey passed to wide receiver Nick Brassell, who broke free for what would have been a nine-yard gain. However, when trying to maneuver in traffic, Brassell was hit and fumbled, leading to Auburn taking over possession at the Ole Miss 40. Six plays later, the Tigers scored on a 14-yard pass completion from quarterback Clint Moseley to tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen.


Score: 7-0, Auburn
Situation: Second-and-7 from the Ole Miss 45-yard line with 4:30 left in the first quarter.
Play: After the second of two empty drives to start the game for Ole Miss offensively, Auburn set up at the Ole Miss 8-yard line for its second drive of the game. After quickly marching to the Rebel 45, Moseley tossed his second touchdown, a 45-yard pitch and catch to wide receiver Quindarius Carr to cap the 92-yard drive.


Score: 14-0, Auburn
Situation: First-and-10 from the Auburn 39-yard line with 1:41 left in the first quarter.
Play: Down two touchdowns, Ole Miss relied on its ground game to spark its offense and get on the scoreboard.


Quindarius Carr celebrates following his 45-yard touchdown reception
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The Rebels started the drive at their own 20, and moved to the Auburn 39 in six plays. That's when running back Brandon Bolden took over, breaking free for a 38-yard run. He scored his first rushing touchdown of the night a play later, trimming the Auburn lead by seven.


Score: 17-10, Auburn
Situation: First-and-10 from the Auburn 11-yard line with 6:44 left in the second quarter.
Play: After Ole Miss and Auburn traded field goals, the Rebels took possession at the Auburn 40 following a nice return by receiver Tobias Singleton.

On the eighth play of the drive, Mackey kept on an option-read, sprinting his way to the Auburn 1. Bolden walked in on for his 27th career rushing touchdown and his second of the night on the next play to tie the game.


Score: 17-17, Tied
Situation: Third-and-8 from the Ole Miss 25-yard line with 7:30 left in the third quarter.
Play: Neither Ole Miss or Auburn was able to score points in its opening drive of the second half. However, leaning on the legs of running back Michael Dyer, the Tigers began to build momentum, moving to the Ole Miss 25. However, Ole Miss had a chance to hold Auburn to three points at most, as the Tigers faced third-and-8. But Moseley found wide receiver Emory Blake wide open in the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown, the third of four touchdowns on the night for the freshman.


Score: 24-17, Auburn
Situation: Second-and-5 from the Auburn 38-yard line with 2:18 left in the third quarter.
Play: Ole Miss continued its trend of second-half woes. Trailing by a touchdown, the Rebels allowed another explosion play, this time to Dyer. The sophomore Auburn running back, who finished the night with 177 yards on 27 carries, broke through the right side of the Ole Miss defense for a 48-yard run that set the Tigers up at the Ole Miss 17. Dyer finished off the drive, and the game, with his only touchdown of the night, a four-yard score.


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