September 13, 2008

Defense dominates once again for AU

It wasn't pretty. Even Auburn's Tommy Tuberville admitted it.

But a win is a win, at least according to the Tiger head coach, at least on the road in the SEC.

Auburn's defense bailed out a lethargic offense time and time again Saturday night in Starkville holding Mississippi State scoreless for four quarters en route to a 3-2 win.

All five points in the game were scored by the Auburn offense. The Tigers managed a first-quarter field goal by Wes Byrum, then gave the Bulldogs two points after a holding penalty by Ryan Pugh occurred in Auburn's end zone in the fourth quarter. State was awarded the safety and the ball.

Following an out-of-bounds kick by Byrum after the safety, the Bulldogs took over at their 50-yard line with just over seven minutes left in the game.

The momentum had obviously shifted to the Bulldogs, but it wouldn't last long. Thanks to, you guessed it, the Auburn defense.

Mississippi State lost a yard on its first two plays of the possession, then completed a 10-yard pass that resulted in a fourth-and-short situation at the Auburn 41. State decided to go for it, but Auburn linebacker Tray Blackmon wasn't having any of it.

"I saw ball and hit ball," said Blackmon, who had a team-high six tackles including five solos and a tackle-for-loss.

Blackmon stopped Bulldog running back Christian Ducre for no gain. It appeared to be the last shot Mississippi State would have.

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