Instant Analysis: Auburn hangs on to beat Kansas State on the road

It wasn’t pretty, but Auburn was able to go into Manhattan and get a win over Kansas State. With everyone expecting a high-scoring shootout, a defensive battle broke out. The Tigers’ defense came up big in crucial situations,forcing three turnovers from the Wildcats. Auburn also got some help from an atrocious kicking performance from Kansas State as the Wildcats’ kicker missed three field goals. Auburn’s offense showed up at the right time in the second half and did just enough to get the Tigers a win on the road.

The final: Auburn 20, Kansas State 14

The big play: Nick Marshall’s nine yard touchdown pass to D’haquille Williams with 14:10 to go put the Tigers up 17-7. It was a perfectly thrown ball into the corner of the endzone from Marshall, and Williams did a great job to haul it in, control the ball and keep his feet inbounds. The pass gave Auburn a 10-point cushion early in the fourth quarter and was ultimately the deciding score in the game.

The quote: Our guys find a way to make plays at the end [of games], just like last year. [Kansas State]’s a heck of a team right there. A top 20 team on the road. We knew it was going to be tough, and I’m glad it was tough. That’ll help us in the long run – Gus Malzahn, post-game.

The stars: Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn (17-31, 231 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). D’haquille Williams, WR, Auburn (8 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD). Curry Sexton, WR, Kansas State (11 catches, 121 yards).

Questions: Did Kansas State lay out the blueprint for slowing down Auburn’s offense, or was this just an off night for the Tigers? Does Kansas State go on to be a contender in the Big 12?

Next up: Auburn hosts Louisiana Tech, Kansas State hosts UTEP

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