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Seniors Antonio Coleman and Walt McFadden turned up the heat defensively for Auburn. Coleman, a defensive end, was in the Mississippi backfield all night, with four tackles for a loss and two sacks. McFadden, a cornerback, intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown.
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Mississippi halted Auburn’s momentum with two quick touchdowns midway through the third quarter, pulling within 31-20 on Dexter McCluster’s 79-yard touchdown run. But Auburn blocked the extra point. Cornerback Demond Washington picked up the ball and returned it the other way for a 2-point conversion that extended the lead to 33-20.
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Auburn hadn’t hit on the big play much of late, but offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn kept trying. Quarterback Chris Todd targeted wide receiver Terrell Zachery several times with the deep ball. They connected for gains of 42 and 41 yards and drew a pass interference call on a third attempt. It stretched the field and opened up running lanes for the Tigers on the ground.
@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:QUOTE OF THE GAME
“When things start going bad, usually somebody starts putting their head down and giving up. When it happened on our side of the ball, we had seniors and leaders walking up and down our sideline saying, ‘It’s not over. We’re not giving up. We’re going to keep playing.’ We kept pushing.” — Auburn cornerback Walt McFadden
@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:BY THE NUMBERS
3,026: Career rushing yards by Auburn running back Ben Tate, who became the fifth running back in school history to reach the 3,000-yard mark.
13: Interceptions thrown this season by Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead, who had two Saturday. He had 13 all of last year.
54: Straight games Auburn has won when scoring 30 or more points.
22: Most points Mississippi had allowed in a game this season.
23: Points Auburn scored in the third quarter Saturday.
2006: The last time the Tigers beat a ranked SEC opponent. Auburn topped No. 2 Florida 27-17 that year.