Mississippi State authored one of the greatest comebacks in SEC history on Saturday, as it rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win at Auburn, 43-34.

The Bulldogs scored 40 unanswered points as part of the comeback, leaving the crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium stunned.

On Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was asked about what made the come-from-behind victory possible.

“The biggest thing is we played to not lose,” Leach said. “The biggest thing is we got lined up, as simple as it sounds. We got lined up and played decisively. One thing led to the next. One successful drive after another. I was proud of our guys.”

After the emotional win, the Bulldogs will step out of conference this Saturday against Tennessee State before ending the regular season with their annual rivalry game with Ole Miss.

Leach was asked Wednesday for this thoughts on playing a nonconference game so late in the season.

“I think it’s good,” he said. “You’ve got your nonconference games and it’s not a bad time to play one. … Even though they (SEC) don’t do it completely, playing the nonconference games in between the conference ones is good. It adds a little variety.”