No. 9 Ole Miss runs past Auburn 48-34

October 15, 2022;  Oxford, Mississippi, USA;  Mississippi Rebels quarterback Jaxson Dart (2) is tackled by Donovan Kaufman (1) in the first quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.  Mandatory credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Quinshon Judkins, Zach Evans and Jaxson Dart each rushed for over 100 yards as No. 9 Ole Miss beat Auburn 48-34 on Saturday in a Southeastern Conference game in Oxford, Miss.

Defeating Auburn at home for the first time since 2012, one win later, the Rebels led 21-0, but the Tigers scored three times in the second half.

Judkins ran for 139 yards on 25 carries with two TDs on the ground and one receiving for Ole Miss (7-0, 3-0 SEC), while Evans had 136 yards on 21 attempts with a rushing and receiving score.

Darts went 9-of-19 for 130 yards with three touchdowns and an interception while also rushing for 115 yards on 14 catches. Dayton Wade caught a TD pass for the Rebels.

Ole Miss rushed for 448 yards on 69 carries and 578 total yards of offense.

Tank Bigsby carried 20 times for 179 yards and two scores for Auburn (3-4, 1-3), while quarterback Robbie Ashford was 8 of 17 for 140 yards and two interceptions. He rushed for 35 yards and two TDs.

On the third series, Ole Miss was set up when safety AJ Finley made a diving interception of Ashford. Dart then found Wade 35 yards for a TD to make it 7-0 with 6:42 left in the first quarter. Dart made it 14-0 when he hit Evans 23 yards out with 2:43 left in the first quarter.

After three ineffective drives, Auburn replaced Ashford with TJ Finley, who had not played since Sept. 17 with a sprained shoulder. Early in the second quarter, a fumble recovery by defensive end Jared Ivey on a Finley punt, on the quarterback’s only run, led to Evans’ 3-yard run for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Auburn answered with a pair of 2-yard runs by Ashford and Bigsby to cut the deficit to 21-14 in the second quarter. Judkins had a 7-yard catch for Ole Miss and Anders Carlson’s 42-yard run for Auburn put the Rebels up 28-17 at halftime.

After Bigsby’s 50-yard TD run early in the second half put Auburn up 28-24, Jonathan Cruz hit a 23-yard field goal for a 31-24 lead. After a successful onside kick, the Rebels cashed in on the extra possession with Judkins’ 5-yard run for a 38-24 lead.

Ashford’s second TD cut it to 38-31, but Cruz (42 yards) and Carlson (28) traded field goals as Ole Miss took a 41-34 lead.

Judkins’ 41-yard burst with 6:26 remaining provided the final lead, but Ole Miss had to wait through a nearly hour-long delay to end its six-game losing streak.

– Media in the field

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