Sumner Martin | Assistant Sports Editor
Auburn went 2-for-14 on third down, averaging just 4.4 yards per play, and couldn’t convert on its lone red zone appearance when Nix threw his second interception of the afternoon trying to force one in to Sal Cannella in the back of the end zone.
Auburn trailed 14-6, was without a touchdown and its true freshman quarterback Bo Nix had thrown two interceptions. Since then, the freshman has thrown seven consecutive touchdown passes in five games without turning the ball over, leading the Tigers to a 5-0 record.
“Excited to get started. Excited about our length, our size, our athleticism. Our biggest challenge is going to be our seniors — all are going to be playing a brand new role,” Pearl said.
This weekend’s matchup pits two of the SEC’s best against one another: Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill, who is the leading rusher in the conference, and the Auburn defense, who ranks second in the SEC in rushing defense (89.5 yards per game).