Live blog: Auburn vs. No. 24 Ole Miss

AUBURN — We are live at Jordan-Hare Stadium for tonight’s SEC game between Auburn (3-1, 1-1 SEC) and No. 24 Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1). As always you can follow me on Twitter @JamesCrepea for live updates. The game will be televised starting at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU with Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb and Dawn Davenport on the call.

Final: Auburn 30 No. 24 Ole Miss 22

 

Halftime Auburn 20 No. 24 Ole Miss 6

5:17 – Nick Marshall caps a 12-play scoring drive with a five-yard scoring run. His first rushing score at Auburn gives Auburn a 20-3 lead. Marshall had runs of nine, 16, 26 and five yards on the 80-yard drive, with the 16-yard run coming on 3rd & six.

Auburn announces Cassanova McKinzy is being treated for a neck injury and has movement in all his extremities. He has been taken to East Alabama Medical Center.

Auburn goes 3-and-out on its first drive of the second.

1st quarter: Auburn 13 No. 24 Ole Miss 3

On the final play of the first half. Auburn suffers two injuries. Montravius Adams has an ankle injury and is limping on the sideline and linebacker Cassanova McKinzy was down for several minutes and carted off the field.

1:39 – Robenson Therezie with a 78-yard INT return TD. Thereize has 3 INTs this season. 13-3 AU.

6:42 – Andrew Ritter kicks a 42-yard field goal and Ole Miss is on the board, 6-3 AU. The Rebels responded well and Auburn has to do a better job of contain of QB.

10:16 – Auburn takes a 6-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Tre Mason. Scoring drive was incredibly fast, perhaps the best of the season, 6 plays 80 yards in 1:31. Nick Marshall 2/2 passing with a 33-yard run, Mason with a 29-yard reception. Just great execution by the Tigers.

Bo Wallace and the Rebels were on the move but stalled and had to punt. Dee Ford recorded his first sack of the season.

Ole Miss won the toss and elected to receive

Pregame Observations/Lineup changes:

  • Gabe Wright is the announced starter at defensive tackle over Ben Bradley. Wright has seven tackles including 3 1/2 for loss with four hurries but only started the season opener. Bradley, a junior college transfer, started the last three games and has eight tackles including two for loss with a sack and four hurries.
  • Chris Davis is the announced starter at boundary corner in place of Ryan White. Davis started the first two games but has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. He has 13 tackles, including a career-best 10 against Arkansas State, and five pass breakups. Davis was working on punt returns during pregame warmups.
  • Defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker and linebacker Justin Garrett did not dress and will miss the game. Whitaker, a senior, has missed the whole season and Garrett missed the first two games with a left foot injury. Garrett, the defensive MVP of A-Day and breakout performer at “star” safety, has just four tackles and lost his job to Robenson Therezie and since converted to weak-side linebacker.
  • Former quarterback Kiehl Frazier was working with the wide receivers during pregame warmups. Frazier converted to safety after being eliminated from the quarterback competition during fall camp but has not played on defense. He has run several plays out of the Wildcat with limited success.
  • Cornerback Jonathan Jones is in uniform as they return from injury. Jones has not played this season due to a foot injury.
  • For Ole Miss, Cameron Whigham will start over C.J Johnson at DE and Woodrow Hamilton gets the nod over Bryon Bennett at DT.
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Auburn. (Todd Vam Emst/Auburn University)

Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at Auburn. (Todd Vam Emst/Auburn University)

Tonight’s game is Military Appreciation Day at Auburn and several pregame events set to take place. A flyover will be conducted, several military vehicles are around the campus, the Tigers wore Military Appreciation T-shirts designed by Under Armour with 15 percent of the proceeds set to be donated. Four Wounded Warriors will join the team captains during the coin toss and the Auburn coaching staff will wear special patches on their gameday shirts.

 

Pregame notes:

  • Auburn has faced 27 drives in the second half this season, allowing 781 yards and three touchdowns and three field goals.
  • Auburn is 13-for-14 in trips to the red zone this season, best in the SEC. AU has scored nine touchdowns in those trips.
  • Ole Miss is 3-1 for the second straight year and is looking to start 4-1 for the first time since 2002.
  • Auburn leads the all-time series 27-10 and 13-2 at Jordan-Hare. Ole Miss last won on the Plains in 2003 but won last year’s game in Oxford 41-20.
  • Auburn has scored at least one rushing touchdown in the last 13 games and in 34 of the last 37 against Ole Miss.
  • The Tigers have held the Rebels under 200 yards passing in seven of the last eight meetings.
  • Auburn has lost 10 straight games against ranked teams but is 95-141-6 all-time against ranked opponents including a 41-36-2 mark at home. The Tigers are 74-117-5 all-time facing SEC ranked teams, 32-29-2 at home.
  • Auburn is 298-156-18 all-time in games played during October with wins in nine of its last 15 October games. All-time at home in October, the Tigers are 163-33-3.
  • Auburn is 292-231-18 overall in SEC play all-time including 119-51-6 in Auburn.