It was a shootout in Auburn between the Tigers and the Gamecocks, but the fifth-ranked Tigers were able to hang on in the end for the victory. The two teams combined for 1,086 yards of offense, with the Gamecocks doing their damage through the air (416 passing yards) and the Tigers getting it done on the ground (395 rushing yards). The two teams traded touchdowns throughout the game, but the defenses tightened in the fourth quarter. Auburn had the lone touchdown of the final period and it was the Tigers’ defense that came through late with an interception in the endzone to stop the Gamecocks’ best drive of the fourth quarter.
THE FINAL: Auburn 42, South Carolina 35
THE BIG PLAY: There were many big plays, but Ricardo Louis’ 75-yard touchdown run to put Auburn up 35-28 in the third quarter was huge. The Gamecocks had just scored and on the first play of the next possession after a touchback, Louis took it to the house to put Auburn up.
THE STARS: Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn (25 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD); Dylan Thompson, QB, South Carolina (29/50, 402 yards, 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions); Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn (12/14, 139 yards, 1 TD passing; 10 carries, 89 yards, 3 touchdowns rushing)
QUESTIONS: Can Auburn’s defense tighten up with three tough opponents left on the schedule?
Can South Carolina take this offensive performance and build on it to get into a bowl game?
NEXT UP: South Carolina hosts Tennessee; Auburn visits Ole Miss