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Treadwell's TD lifts No. 19 Ole Miss past Auburn 27-19

1820 days ago
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- Laquon Treadwell caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and No. 19 Mississippi kept its Southeastern Conference title hopes alive with a 27-19 victory Saturday over Auburn.

The Rebels (7-2, 4-1 SEC) made two straight defensive stands after grabbing the lead. Chad Kelly hit Treadwell in the end zone with just over 10 minutes left and the league's leading receiver held onto it going down even with cornerback Carlton Davis draped all over him.

Treadwell's 2014 season ended with a serious leg injury on a pivotal catch and fumble late in a loss to Auburn.

This time the Tigers couldn't punch it into the end zone after a first down from the 3. Auburn drove across midfield again before failing to convert on fourth down and Ole Miss ran out most of the clock.

Auburn (4-4, 1-4) dropped its second straight after losing to Arkansas in four overtimes.

Treadwell said earlier in the week he wanted to make the Tigers feel some of his pain, and he did. Treadwell had seven catches for 114 yards and completed a 21-yard pass to set up Gary Wunderlich's third quarter field goal to snap a 10-10 halftime tie.

The Rebels still control their own destiny in the SEC West. They're the only team to beat No. 7 Alabama and still play No. 4 LSU; those two teams play next weekend.

The league's leading offense put up big numbers again.

Kelly completed 33 of 51 passes for 381 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions while also making plays on runs.

Jaylen Walton ran for 78 yards on 20 carries against the league's worst defense. He also had 47 yards on three catches.

A gimpy Sean White was 12 of 28 for 258 yards for Auburn, including the first touchdown pass of his career and an interception.

Auburn had announced before kickoff that White's status was a gametime decision because of an undisclosed injury that kept him out of practice most of the week. He wore a brace on his left knee and was limping at times.

Junior college transfer Jovon Robinson made his first big impact with leading rusher Peyton Barber not fully healthy. The highly rated recruit gained 83 of his 91 yards in the second half after not playing in the past four games. He had four carries coming into the game after an early season ankle injury.

Auburn did start defensive end Carl Lawson, who had been out since he suffered a hip injury in the opener.

Ricardo Louis caught four passes for 137 yards and a touchdown but the Tigers were 2 of 15 on third down conversions and 0 for 2 on fourth.

The Rebels milked off all but the final 8 seconds before giving Auburn the ball one last time. Strong-armed former starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson was hit as he threw and his Hail Mary attempt fell to the ground well shy of the end zone.

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