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Auburn hands Ole Miss their third straight loss

Ole Miss’ trip through the state of Alabama is over.

It ended with a 0-2 record after the Rebels fell to No. 13 Auburn 44-23 inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Unlike last Saturday, Ole Miss (2-3, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) was able to find their offense late to put some points on the board. It was not enough as the Rebels managed to leave points on the field early in the contest.

After missing a 43-yard field goal try by Gary Wunderlich Ole Miss’ final six possessions of the first half resulted in four punts a turnover on downs and a made field goal of 27 yards by Wunderlich.

Auburn (5-1, 3-0) had a complete opposite start, scoring a touchdown on their first five possessions to grab the 35-3 lead at halftime.

Shea Patterson and the Rebel offense got going in the second half yet it was too little too late. Ole Miss scored touchdowns on three of their five drives in the second half. Wideout D.K. Metcalf caught two of them while running back Jordan Wilkins scored the third.

Patterson finished with 346 yards and two touchdowns, completing 34 of 51 passes. A.J. Brown had another 100-yard game with 10 catches for 109 yards. Metcalf finished with four catches for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Wilkins ran for 65 yards on 13 carries.

The Rebel defense struggled once again with a balanced offensive attack from Auburn. The Tigers piled up 563 total yards (235 passing, 326 rushing).

Tigers’ quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns, completing 14 of 21 passes. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.