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Mississippi State edges Auburn 39-33 in overtime

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jo’Quavious Marks ran for a 6-yard touchdown in overtime and Mississippi State beat Auburn 39-33 on Saturday night in the Tigers’ first game since the firing of coach Bryan Harsin .

The Bulldogs (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) lost a 24-3 lead and saw the Tigers (3-7, 1-6) beat them 27-6 in the second half.

But Mississippi State ended up handing Auburn its fifth straight loss, this time under interim coach and former Tigers running back Carnell Williams.

Auburn’s Anders Carlson pushed a 38-yard field goal attempt on the right to start overtime. Then the Bulldogs took advantage of freshman JD Rhym’s pass interference on a deep ball to set up Marks’ game-winning score.

Will Rogers broke Dak Prescott’s Bulldogs career yards and touchdowns records in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs’ offense stayed neutral for most of the rest of the ballgame – until it mattered most.

State built a 24-3 first-half lead to see the Tigers come back into the game in the third quarter with 13 points thanks to a slam fell on a punt and interception from Rogers that closed the gap to 24-19.

The Tigers were able to take their first lead of the game with 6:36 left when Tank Bigsby broke up a 41-yard run to take a 25-24 lead. After a 33-yard pass from Rogers to RaRa Thomas, MSU led 30-25 with over 3 minutes left, the Tigers scored again in the final minute and took a 33-30 lead.

Massimo Biscardi hit 44 yards to tie the game and the Bulldogs got the ball back on the kick that followed after Ben Raybon slammed the ball past an Auburn defender. MSU missed the field goal from 56 yards and it sent the game into overtime.

Auburn forced three turnovers on Rogers as the quarterback threw an interception and fumbled on two of Auburn’s five sacks.

Mississippi State outshot the Tigers 370-331 almost exclusively on the passing game. Rogers passed 42 of 59 for 357 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception. Auburn’s Robby Ashford was 7 of 22 for 70 yards and had 18 carries for 108 yards and two scores.

Mississippi State wide receiver Lideatrick Griffin (5) sprints past Auburn cornerback DJ James (4) after a pass reception in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss. on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Tank Bigsby had 13 carries for 94 yards and a score and Jarquez Hunter had 12 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown for Auburn,

TAKE AWAY

Auburn entered the game with nothing to lose as the Tigers fired Harsin on Monday. Auburn was energetic enough to steal the momentum in the second half.

Mississippi State took an early lead in the game, then put things on cruise control. The lack of offensive production until late in the fourth quarter allowed the Tigers to get back into the game.

NEXT

Mississippi State hosts Georgia next Saturday

Auburn hosts Texas A&M next Saturday

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