Nix finds Williams for game winner as Auburn tops Rebels

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR – OCTOBER 17: Matt Corral #2 of the Mississippi Rebels at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Rebels 33-21. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

OXFORD, Miss. — Auburn quarterback Bo Nix directed two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, capped by a 42-yard touchdown pass to Seth Williams with 1:11 left, to lift the Tigers to a 35-28 comeback win over Mississippi on Saturday.

Auburn (3-2 Southeastern) rallied from a 28-27 deficit on its final offensive series, covering 80 yards in six plays. Williams, finishing with eight catches for 134 yards, caught Nix’s pass in front of the Auburn sideline, twisted away from two tacklers and turned up the sideline to easily race for the decisive touchdown.

The Rebels (1-4) reached the Auburn 29-yard line in the final 10 seconds. Auburn forced an incomplete pass and preserved the win on a game-ending

Mississippi infraction as quarterback Matt Corral advanced past the line of scrimmage before throwing a desperation pass that would have counted as a Jordyn Peters interception without the penalty.

Tank Bigsby had touchdown runs of 4 and 18 yards and finished with 129 yards on 24 carries as the Tigers finished with a turnover free 462 yards of total offense. Nix finished 23 of 30 passing for 238 yards, with the biggest plays reserved for Williams. Shaun Shivers and Nix had touchdown runs over 1 and 4 yards, respectively.

Corral had touchdown runs of 5 and 10 yards and was 16 of 27 for 154 yards passing, including a 6-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore. Jerrion Ealy had a 5-yard touchdown run to give Ole Miss a 28-27 lead with 5:43 left, setting up Auburn’s game-winning drive.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: After two failed attempts, the Tigers won a road game. The Tigers won with fourth quarter heroics for the third time this season, this time on the strength of the Nix-Williams combination and a 4 for 4 performance in the red zone. The special teams struggled with a pair of bad snaps in kicking situations and had a kickoff return touchdown by Bigsby wiped out on a holding penalty.

Mississippi: The Rebels rolled up 444 yards, but finished 4 of 6 in the red zone, including a turnover and an unsuccessful fake field goal attempt.

Sam Williams had 11 tackles, including a sack and three tackles for loss, but the defense could not preserve a late lead. The remaining schedule appears to lighten up a bit, as four of the remaining five opponents have losing records.

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