AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn players had a week off to prepare for No. 24 Ole Miss, and it showed. The Tigers played well in all phases and pulled the upset, 30-22. Now let’s hand out some helmet stickers from the game.
QB Nick Marshall: Looking at the stat line -- 11 of 17 for 93 yards passing -- it doesn’t look like Marshall deserves to be on this list. But it was what he did with his legs that earned him a helmet sticker. The dual-threat quarterback ran 14 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. He became the first Auburn signal caller to rush for more than 100 yards since Cam Newton did it against Georgia in 2010, and he’s also the fourth different AU player to rush for more than 100 yards in a game this season, a first in school history. Marshall had only 148 yards rushing with no scores through the first four games, but he nearly matched it with Saturday’s performance.
The Auburn defensive line: Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace threw for 336 yards Saturday, but he also was running for his life most of the night. Auburn finished with 17 quarterback hurries and sacked Wallace six times. It was as many sacks as the Tigers had all of last season. But it’s hard to single out just one player. Starters Dee Ford and Gabe Wright each had two sacks, and true freshman Carl Lawson recorded the first two sacks of his young career, including one late that put the game away. Nosa Eguae, starting for the first time at defensive tackle, also played a solid game, with three tackles and 1.5 stops for loss.
DB Robenson Therezie: It was the play of the game. With Ole Miss driving to tie or take the lead late in the first quarter, Therezie intercepted a short pass and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown. Auburn went up 13-3, and the Rebels were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. It was Therezie’s third interception of the season and his first since the season opener. Known for making plays, he made the biggest one of the season for this Auburn defense. Therezie also drew the assignment of having to cover Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell for most of the night, and he held the star freshman to just four catches for 45 yards.
Honorable mention: RB Tre Mason