Mississippi State tops Auburn 39-33 in overtime

Nov 5, 2022, 8:59 AM | Updated: 10:26 pm
Mississippi State wide receiver Lideatrick Griffin (5) sprints past Auburn cornerback D.J. James (4...

Mississippi State wide receiver Lideatrick Griffin (5) sprints past Auburn cornerback D.J. James (4) after a pass reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

              Auburn quarterback Robby Ashford carries against Mississippi State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers throws a pass against Auburn during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Auburn running back Tank Bigsby (4) pulls away from a Mississippi State defender with a long run during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Mississippi State wide receiver Lideatrick Griffin (5) sprints past Auburn cornerback D.J. James (4) after a pass reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE, Miss (AP) — A year ago, Auburn had a 28-3 lead in the first half against Mississippi State only to see the Bulldogs make a stunning comeback. Saturday’s rematch was playing out the same way in reverse.

Mississippi State built a 24-3 lead in the first half but the Bulldog offense stalled for about two and a half quarters and Auburn had two different leads in the final 5 minutes. Ultimately, the Bulldogs sent the game to overtime on a Massimo Biscardi 44-yard field goal and a 6-yard Jo’Quavious Marks touchdown run walked off the win, 39-33.

“It was good at the end and good at the beginning. The defense, I thought, kept us in it,” Mike Leach said. “Wins are hard no matter who you are and sometimes there are games like that. The toughest teams stick through it, battles and wins.”

The Bulldogs (6-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) blew a 24-3 lead and watched as the Tigers (3-6, 1-5) outscored them 27-9 in the second half.

But Mississippi State wound up handing Auburn its fifth consecutive loss, this time under interim coach and former Tigers running back Carnell Williams. The Tigers fired coach Bryan Harsin on Monday, the same day that MSU athletic director John Cohen left his alma mater to run Auburn’s department.

“I tip my hat to Mississippi State. Wow, what a game. Those kids fought hard,” Williams said. “You’re not going to win them all, but I’m so proud of my guys. There are so many life lessons that these kids are going to learn.”

Auburn’s Anders Carlson pushed a 38-yard field goal attempt wide right to start overtime. Then the Bulldogs capitalized on freshman J.D. Rhym’s pass interference on a deep ball to set up Marks’ winning score.

Will Rogers broke Dak Prescott’s Bulldogs career passing yards and touchdowns records in the first quarter. But the Bulldogs’ offense was stuck in neutral for most of the rest of the ball game — until it mattered most.

State built a 24-3 lead in the first half only to see the Tigers work their way back into the game in the third quarter with 13 points thanks to a dropped snap on a punt and an 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 off a 41-yard run to take the 25-24 lead. After a Rogers 33-yard pass to RaRa Thomas put MSU up 30-25 with over 3 minutes left, the Tigers scored again in the final minute and took a 33-30 lead.

Biscardi tied the game and the Bulldogs recovered the ball on the ensuing kick after Ben Raybon hit the ball off an Auburn defender. MSU missed the 56-yard field goal and that sent the game to overtime.

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

Mississippi State outgained the Tigers 370-331 almost exclusively with the passing game. Rogers was 42-of-59 passing for 357 yards and three touchdowns with the one interception.

He surpassed Prescott’s school record in touchdowns and now has 73 in his 31 games. He also broke Prescott’s passing yards record and sits with 9,627.

Auburn’s Robby Ashford was 7-of-22 for 70 yards and had 18 carries for 108 yards and two scores.

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.

The win for the Bulldogs sealed a bowl game appearance for the 13th-straight season which continues what’s a school record streak.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn came into the game with nothing to lose as the Tigers had fired Harsin on Monday. Auburn was energized enough to steal the momentum in the second half, but couldn’t find a way to end its losing skid.

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

UP NEXT

Mississippi State hosts Georgia next Saturday

Auburn hosts Texas A&M next Saturday

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison, left, celebrates his touchdown against Michigan with teammate ...
Associated Press

Ohio State is 5 in second-to-last CFP rankings behind USC

Ohio State was No. 5 Tuesday night in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, positioned to possibly take advantage if one of the top four slips up on championship weekend. Georgia (12-0) was No. 1 again. No. 2 Michigan (12-0) and No. 3 TCU (12-0) both moved up a spot and Southern California (11-1) climbed […]
17 hours ago
FILE - Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark answers a question d...
Associated Press

MLBPA keeps Clark, extends executive director through 2027

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has voted to extend the contract of executive director Tony Clark through 2027. The 50-year-old Clark — who had a 15-year big league career, mostly with the Tigers and Diamondbacks — helped broker the players’ current labor deal with MLB. After several contentious months of […]
17 hours ago
FILE - New York Knicks guard Kemba Walker (8) dribbles up the court during the second half of an NB...
Associated Press

Mavs unclear on timeline for Walker as 4-time All-Star signs

DALLAS (AP) — The timeline for Kemba Walker to contribute for the Dallas Mavericks is uncertain as the four-time All-Star joins a roster in need of playmaking help behind superstar Luka Doncic. Walker went unsigned the first six weeks of the season before the 32-year-old guard was officially added by Dallas on Tuesday. Plagued by […]
17 hours ago
Southern California head coach Lincoln Riley stands on the sideline during the second half of an NC...
Associated Press

Trojan transformation: Lincoln Riley’s remarkable fix at USC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Lincoln Riley took over Southern California’s four-win football program one year ago this week, the coach stood on the top rim of the Coliseum and boldly declared his Trojans should be competing for championships right away. Riley chuckled Tuesday when he was reminded of that exhilarating time in his life […]
17 hours ago
United States' Weston McKennie (8) celebrates after teammate Christian Pulisic scoring a goal durin...
Associated Press

AP PHOTOS: World Cup highlights from Day 10

Highlights from the 10th day of the World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday. ___ AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2 days ago
Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi, right, reacts while the players of the United States celebrate at the end o...
Associated Press

Pulisic goal advances US in World Cup with 1-0 win over Iran

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Pulisic kicked the ball, scored the goal and then crashed into the goalkeeper, a collision that sent the American star to the hospital and the United States into the second round of the World Cup. More than an hour later, he contacted his teammates by FaceTime to join the celebration. […]
2 days ago
Mississippi State tops Auburn 39-33 in overtime