Running back Mike Dyer gave Auburn the kind of downhill, power running the coaches like to see. The true freshman ran 21 times for a career-high 180 yards, breaking loose for a 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He’s reached 100 rushing yards in consecutive games and is turning into a substantial threat alongside quarterback Cam Newton.
Down 17-14, Ole Miss recovered a fumble at the Auburn 18-yard line in the second quarter. The Rebels went for the fade pattern in the end zone against Auburn cornerback Demond Washington on back-to-back plays. Washington picked off the second one at the 2. Auburn subsequently drove 98 yards for a touchdown to go ahead 10.
Ole Miss committed to stopping the run early on, so Auburn went to its often-forgotten receivers. Newton sat in the pocket and spread the ball around to Darvin Adams, Emory Blake, Terrell Zachery and Kodi Burns. By halftime he had 188 passing yards, opening up the run in the second half.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“He’s 6-6. He better come down with the ball.” — Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake, on Cam Newton’s 20-yard touchdown reception in the corner of the end zone in the first quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
Points by Auburn, the most it has scored against Ole Miss in 35 meetings.
Rushing yards by Auburn, the fifth straight SEC game it has topped the 300-yard mark, a school record.
Rushing yards by Dyer, the third most for a freshman in Auburn history. Bo Jackson had 829 in 1982 and Travis Tidwell had 772 in 1946.
Kickoff return yards this season by Washington, a single-season Auburn record. He moved past Tristan Davis, who had 756 yards in 2006.
— Andy Bitter