Big second half pushes Auburn to win
October, 29, 2011
By Edward Aschoff | ESPN.com
Auburn wasn't very sharp in the first half against Ole Miss, but that all changed with a 24-point second half in the Tigers' 41-23 victory.
Clint Moseley had his best game in an Auburn uniform, completing 12 of 15 passes for 160 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, he had more touchdowns than incompletions against the visiting Rebels.
Moseley more than proved that he is Auburn's best option at the quarterback spot and really is growing more and more every week. It helped that wide receiver Emory Blake was back from injury. He caught five passes for 71 yards and touchdown.
We knew Auburn would be able to run the ball against this Ole Miss defense, and run the ball it did. Michael Dyer had 177 yards and a score as the Tigers put up 254 yards on 50 attempts.
The Tigers were a completely different team in the second half. They turned the ball over twice in the first half and were error-free in the second. Auburn knew it could wear down this Ole Miss defense and it did by handing the ball off again and again. And when Auburn needed a play through the air, Moseley didn't disappoint.
Defensively, the Tigers gave up 220 rushing yards, but 47 of them came in the second half, and Ole Miss passed for just 162 yards. Ole Miss would have been shut out in the second half if not for a touchdown pass from Randall Mackey to Nickolas Brassell as time expired.
This was the same old story for the Rebels, who blew a 17-7 lead to Arkansas last week. Ole Miss just didn't have the horses to keep up with the Hogs and had nothing in the tank in the second half against Auburn this week. The Rebels have now lost 11 consecutive SEC games dating back to last season.
Auburn is now bowl-eligible at 6-3 and is 4-2 in SEC play. What the Tigers have been able to do this season after all of the parts they lost has been very impressive. There are a few teams around the league that would love to have what Auburn has right now.