Instead, the Tigers were held out of the end zone in a frustrating 17-9 loss.
Auburn is back in action on October 3rd when they’ll host San Jose State.
Auburn coach Guz Malzahn did a lot of smiling when he first arrived in Auburn, but the Tigers are 0-2 in the SEC to begin the 2015 season.
White had similar struggles getting the ball down field as Johnson, but did a much better job utilizing his offensive weapons, and establishing a rhythm. Mississippi State’s defense faces an inconsistent running game after Peyton Barber had only seven carries against LSU. The Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1) led 14-0 at halftime. Auburn is 113th in the country in passing offense. He just has not played well, bottom line. In fact, for the Auburn offense, Saturday marked a day that wasn’t so touchdown-friendly; scoring just six points in four trips.
Gabe Myles and De’Runnya Wilson caught touchdown passes from Prescott in the first half. One hasn’t happened with the other yet. He’ll support Sean. He’ll get reps still in practice. He ranks fourth in the league in tackles this season with 39.
The Bulldogs have won only three times the last 14 games against Auburn and have lost four straight to the Tigers. By comparison, Auburn only allowed 15 sacks in 13 games last season. “We didn’t do that, but our defense came up big every time we needed it”.
What do you get when two teams that aren’t that good play? “He has the air of confidence that quarterbacks have”. The first three games, we kind of figured out some things offensively and defensively.
Malzahn sought to spark his offense earlier in the week, benching Jeremy Johnson in favor of redshirt freshman Sean White.
Mississippi State regrouped from a 21-19 loss to LSU with a rout of FCS Northwestern State, setting a school record with 647 total yards. But while Auburn prevented Prescott from succeeding with the long scrambles and designed runs he used against the Tigers in 2013 and 2014, he still had plenty of time to throw the ball.
Coach Dan Mullen has faith that senior quarterback Dak Prescott will put Mississippi State in position to win. Get a pass rush going and it could be special.
Yes, there are some elements of “Moneyball” at play here with Mississippi State, but really that comparison misses the mark.
Auburn blew two close chances to score in the first half.
“Our defense played good enough to win”, Malzahn said. “I promise you that”. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said yesterday the injury is more serious than was initially believed and that Lawson is “going to be out for an extended period of time”. The floor is still falling on the Plains.