Nick Marshall arrived as Auburn's quarterback Saturday night, throwing an 11-yard big-time touchdown to C.J. Uzomah with 10 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a thrilling 24-20 win over Mississippi State on Saturday night.
The dramatic win snapped Auburn's 10-game SEC losing streak.
There was a whacky Marshall play, when he caught his on pass on a deflection. But the end was pure excitement.
He completed 6-of-8 passes on the final dramatic 76-yard drive.
Auburn's offense had trouble before that. Not at the end though in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn improved to 3-0 overall and 1-- in the SEC. Mississippi State fell to 1-2 and 0-1 in the league.
It could have been a fun game for Auburn. Nick Marshall completed a 37-yard pass to himself on a deflection. But the offense otherwise struggled after the first quarter and the defense allowed State backup QB Dak Prescott to gain big yards up the middle.
State overtook Auburn 20-14 early in the third quarter on consecutive Prescott runs of 47, 9 and 2 yards.
Auburn and Marshall started fast. Auburn had 199 yards in the first quarter, 151 of which was from Marshall's 9-of-11 passing.
That was more than Marshall passed for in wins over Washington State and Arkansas State.
But things began to stall early in the second quarter. Auburn had only 18 yards in the second quarter and Marshall hit only 1-of-5 passes for four yards, though he had a couple of drops that hurt.
It was all forgiven at the end.
Auburn, which scored 11 in the first quarter, scored just three in the second quarter, and that was in the first two minutes, and only three more in the third quarter.
All the while, Prescott piled up the yards, a lot on runs up the middle.
Cody Parkey started the scoring for Auburn on a 40-yard field goal on the first drive. Marshall hit Quan Bray on a 76-yard scoring pass, and the Tigers converted a two-point conversion for an 11-0 lead with 4:54 left in the first quarter. State narrowed the game on a 14-yard TD run by Jameon Lewis with 4:09 left in the quarter.
Parkey hit a 19-yard field goal with 13:36 left in the second quarter, and didn't score again until he hit a 47-yard field goal with 9:53 left in the third.
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