Auburn at Ole Miss

Pettway runs wild, No. 15 Auburn beats Mississippi 40-29

By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Kamryn Pettway smashed his 240-pound body into Mississippi's defensive line and then disappeared for a moment behind a pile of bodies. A second later, he appeared a few yards downfield, accelerated and was gone for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Auburn's broad-shouldered sophomore was well on his way to a career night.

No. 15 Auburn beat Mississippi 40-29 on Saturday, pulling away in the fourth quarter after a tight game for most of the night. Pettway finished with a career-high 236 yards rushing, beating his previous high of 192 set last week against Arkansas.

''The offensive line did a good job,'' Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. ''But he also just ran over some people.''

Ole Miss' Chad Kelly threw for a school-record 465 yards, beating Archie Manning's previous mark of 436 yards set in 1969. Kelly also threw three touchdown passes and one interception.

But the Rebels couldn't keep up with Auburn, which finished with 554 total yards.

''I hate losing more than anything,'' Kelly said. ''I don't know what else to say.''

Auburn (6-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth straight. Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4) lost its third in a row.

''The defense has picked us up at certain points this year,'' Auburn quarterback Sean White said. ''Tonight, we had to pick them up a little bit.''

Ole Miss took a 22-20 lead into the locker room and had its chances in the second half, but once again blew a halftime lead. The Rebels have five losses this season despite never trailing at the break.

The backbreaker for Ole Miss was midway through the fourth quarter when a wide-open Evan Engram dropped what would have almost certainly been a go-ahead touchdown. It marred an otherwise excellent night for the senior tight end - he finished with a team-high nine catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

''I was wide open,'' Engram said. ''Chad threw it on a line. It was low and I didn't get it. It was there for me.''

On the very next play, Kelly threw his only interception of the night and Auburn returned it to the Ole Miss 25.Three plays later, Kerryon Johnson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and Auburn stretched its lead to 40-29.

''We battled toe to toe for most of the game,'' Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. ''But for whatever reason, in this game you have years where the margin of error for a team is just so small and one or two plays make such a huge impact.''

GREAT KICKERS

Auburn's offense got a big assist from kicker Daniel Carlson, who made all four of his field goal attempts, including a crucial one from 47 yards in the fourth quarter that gave the Tigers a 33-29 lead.

''He's the best kicker in the country,'' Malzahn said. ''Really made some pressure kicks.''

Ole Miss' Gary Wunderlich was nearly as good. He made all three of his field goals, including one that was a career-high 49 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: The Tigers continued their impressive run despite looking a little shaky on defense. Auburn's running game has been absolutely dominant and the Tigers now have three winnable games against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Alabama A&M before what could be a very interesting Iron Bowl showdown against Alabama.

Ole Miss: The Rebels' season continues to turn sour. Two months ago, Ole Miss thought it might have a chance to win the SEC's Western Division. Now the Rebels might struggle to qualify for a bowl game.

UP NEXT

Auburn: The Tigers host Vanderbilt next weekend.

Ole Miss: The Rebels host Georgia Southern next weekend.

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Scoreboard
Auburn #15  (6-2) «101071340
Ole Miss  (3-5)1397029
Players of the Game
Tigers

K. Pettway
Rush 30
Yds 236
Avg 7.9
TD 1
Rebels

C. Kelly
Att 59
Comp 36
Yds 465
TD 3
Scoring Summary
MISSEvan Engram 15 yd pass from Chad Kelly (missed kick)
AUBURNKamryn Pettway 41 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
MISSDaMarkus Lodge 26 yd pass from Chad Kelly (Gary Wunderlich kick)
AUBURNDaniel Carlson 45 yd FG
MISSGary Wunderlich 20 yd FG
AUBURNKerryon Johnson 1 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
MISSGary Wunderlich 49 yd FG
AUBURNDaniel Carlson 32 yd FG
MISSGary Wunderlich 26 yd FG
AUBURNJalen Harris 15 yd pass from Sean White (Daniel Carlson kick)
MISSDamore'ea Stringfellow 10 yd pass from Chad Kelly (Gary Wunderlich kick)
AUBURNDaniel Carlson 30 yd FG
AUBURNDaniel Carlson 47 yd FG
AUBURNKerryon Johnson 3 yd run (Daniel Carlson kick)
 
Team Stats
 AUBURNMISS
First Downs2632
Third Down Efficiency7-147-16
Fourth Down Efficiency1-11-3
Plays-Net Yards74-55490-570
Rushes-Yds52-30731-105
Passing Yds247465
Kick Return Yds3483
Punt Return Yds100
Passes15-22-036-59-1
Punts2-862-87
Fumbles-Lost2-00-0
Penalties-Yds4-306-35
Time of Poss.32:2727:33
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
AUBURN: Kamryn Pettway 30-236, Kerryon Johnson 11-42, Sean White 5-27, Stanton Truitt 3-13, Eli Stove 1--2, Team 2--9
MISS: Chad Kelly 11-40, Akeem Judd 9-35, Eugene Brazley 8-27, Jason Pellerin 3-3
PASSING
AUBURN: Sean White 15-22-247-0
MISS: Chad Kelly 36-59-465-1
RECEIVING
AUBURN: Eli Stove 5-37, Darius Slayton 3-53, Kerryon Johnson 2-43, Marcus Davis 1-33, Jason Smith 1-32, Stanton Truitt 1-25, Jalen Harris 1-15, Kyle Davis 1-9
MISS: Evan Engram 9-95, Quincy Adeboyejo 4-76, Van Jefferson 4-41, Akeem Judd 4-35, A.J. Brown 3-48, Damore'ea Stringfellow 3-40, DaMarkus Lodge 3-39, Eugene Brazley 3-38, Markell Pack 2-32, Taz Zettergren 1-21
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Auburn2nd SEC West5-38-5
Ole Miss7th SEC West2-65-7

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