Ole Miss vs. Auburn: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Cameron Artis-Payne (44) with teammates center Reese Dismukes (50) and offensive linesman Chad Slade (62) during the second half of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Auburn 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

Auburn beats Ole Miss 30-22 and moves to 4-1 on the season.

Final: Auburn 30, Ole Miss 22 

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com

Game analysis for the Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Tigers QB Nick Marshall wasn't able to get the passing game going throughout the night. Marshall finished the game 11-for-17 with 93 passing yards and no touchdowns. Marshall's accuracy has to improve in the future for him to become a more versatile dual-threat QB. 

Run Offense: Auburn's run game was very successful in this contest. Six players combined for 285 rushing yards off 47 carries. Marshall was able to use the play-action run to his advantage. The play-action confused the Rebels defense at times. 

Pass Defense: While it performed well in the first, the Tigers secondary had a much worse second half. But the big interceptions in the game saved the Tigers. Safety Robenson Therezie had a huge pick-six in the first half and Ryan Smith had a big pick in the fourth quarter. 

Run Defense: Auburn did a very good job of containing Ole Miss' run game. The Rebels ran for 123 yards on 39 carries. Ole Miss averages 199 rushing yards per game, but the Tigers' front seven didn't allow any big runs. 

Special Teams: Special teams didn't make any mistakes and stayed pretty consistent throughout the game. 

Coaching: Head coach Gus Malzahn prepared his offense for the Ole Miss defense. Malzahn was able to make the right calls towards the end of the game. 

Oct 5, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Robenson Therezie (27) runs the ball for a touchdown after intercepting during the first quarter against the Mississippi Rebels at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY
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First-half analysis for the Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Through the first four games, Auburn wasn't known for its passing game, and this game isn't any different. Tigers QB Nick Marshall is 5-for-9 with 59 passing yards and no touchdowns. Marshall needs to become more accurate with his passes in the second half.

Run Offense: Auburn's run game has really been on point tonight. There have been a variety of rushers, but Marshall has led the way. The junior has 84 rushing yards on five carries (16.8 yards per carry) and one touchdown. The run game must continue its success.

Pass Defense: The Tigers secondary has constantly made big plays and has shown solid coverage against Ole Miss' wide receivers. Safety Robenson Therezie had a huge pick-six towards the end of the first quarter to extend the Auburn lead.

Run Defense: Ole Miss has been using its run game very efficiently in the first half, but it hasn't been too effective thus far. The Rebels have rushed for 80 yards on 27 carries through the first half. Auburn needs to prevent any big runs from happening in the second half.

Special Teams: A couple of good punts by Steven Clark, but nothing too impressive on the special teams end. 

Coaching: Quality play calls by head coach Gus Malzahn through the first half with a good mix of runs and passes, but nothing too spectacular.