Auburn's Peyton Barber looks for running room against Ole Miss
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Sean White got the go-ahead to start despite a sore knee, and the Auburn quarterback rewarded the faith of his coaching staff with his first college touchdown pass Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
That 47-yard scoring strike to Ricardo Louis helped Auburn to a 10-10 tie with Ole Miss at halftime.
Auburn used a revolving door at quarterback to start the game, with White, Jeremy Johnson and Kerryon Johnson taking snaps. But it was White who had the big play. His touchdown pass to Louis early in the second quarter gave Auburn a 10-3 lead.
White was 6-of-12 passing for 123 yards in the first half.
Daniel Carlson kicked a 52-yard field goal for Auburn's first points. It was his fourth field goal of the season of more than 50 yards, setting the school's single-season record for big kicks.
Coach Gus Malzahn took a chance midway through the second quarter, going for it on fourth-and-1 at his own 49. The Tigers didn't make it. Ole Miss soon faced a fourth down as well, went for it, and made it, setting up a 25-yard touchdown run by Akeem Judd to tie the game at 10-10.
The Rebels had another chance to score late in the half, but Blake Countess came up with an interception.
Ole Miss will get the ball first in the second half.