Gus Malzahn discusses game-winning Seth Williams TD after Auburn's narrow win over Ole Miss
The Auburn Tigers held on for a 35-28 victory at Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon, but once again, the game was mired in controversy.
A potential fumble on a kickoff return by Auburn wasn’t even reviewed by officials on the field, potentially costing the Rebels what would have been an important touchdown.
The Tigers had the ball late, clinching victory with this incredible play by WR Seth Williams. After the game, coach Gus Malzahn spoke with SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic.
Here’s what he said about overcoming adversity and Williams’ great scoring play:
“First of all, I’m really pleased with how we overcame adversity,” Malzahn said. “We missed the extra point, they came and scored and had the momentum. We went 3-and-out, had to punt, our defense held and we got it back. Got some first downs and then the back-shoulder vs. 2-man, Bo made a really good throw and Seth made a guy miss and went to the house. Real proud of the way that our guys overcame adversity. We talked about playing good, hard-nosed Auburn football and playing 60 minutes like coach (Pat) Dye always talked about, and we did that today.”
The Tigers ran the ball early and often. RB Tank Bigsby had 24 carries for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Malzahn said that was a big part of the game plan:
“We talked about playing good Auburn football,” he said. “And what you do is you run the ball and do play-action. We felt like we’d have some success running and it helped everybody out.”
Defensively, Malzahn said the Tigers did a good job of making plays when they had to against a tough Ole Miss offense:
“First of all, you’ve got to give them credit — they’re really good on offense. They’re really good. We just had that bend-don’t-break and like I said, we came through when we needed to. … We had a kickoff return for a touchdown get called back and that was difficult to overcome, too.”
Auburn improved to 3-2 with the win. Ole Miss fans won’t be happy with how the game ended, but the Tigers will leave Oxford with the win.