Even though the world was sure that Mississippi State would end Auburn’s 16-game winning streak, even though the Bulldogs had two plays to tie the game from inside the 2-yard line, even though the eagle attacked its reflection during pregame, the Tigers did what they’ve been doing since January 1, 2010: they found a way to win.
Although there were a few frustrating moments in the game, the team as a whole definitely improved after the Utah State scare. The running game got closer to being on track as Dyer amassed 150 yards. The passing game continued to show that Emory Blake is a threat to score anytime he catches the ball across the middle. Despite what seemed like 100 3rd-down conversions, the defense made the stops when they had to, and even scored a touchdown of their own.
If there was a major disappointment for Auburn in this game, it would have to be special teams. There wasn’t one kick returned for a touchdown, nor was there even a kickoff through the uprights. Whatever Jay Boulware did between week 1 and 2, he needs to change it or he won’t have a job soon. Performances like that are unacceptable.