By Christian Cooper and Will Inge
Tomorrow TODAY Staff Writers
Saturday night, while you were all tied up in your cases, you missed a thrilling football game between the Auburn Tigers and the Rebels of Ole Miss. This nail -biting match proved to be a test of mental fortitude as both teams were simply trying to hold on for dear life when Auburn’s slim lead was on the line going into the final minutes of the game.
When the clock hit zero, however, Auburn proved to be the better prepared team as they escaped the hostile city of Oxford with a slim four point victory (35-31). On the night, Nick Marshall was 15-22 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His counterpart, Bo Wallace, was 28-40 for 341 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Perhaps the most influential, but at the same time most tragic, play of the game resulted in not only the shattering of Ole Miss’s championship hopes, but also the lower leg of one of their most electric receivers, Laquon Treadwell. On 3rd down and 3 yards to go with Ole Miss driving, it appeared as if the Rebels were going to regain the lead over Auburn when Bo Wallace connected with Treadwell on a pass. Treadwell raced towards the end zone and initially was rewarded with a touchdown as he landed awkwardly near the goal line. After further review, however, it was decided that Treadwell had in fact fumbled before crossing into the end zone. To add insult to injury, the young man with a bright future ahead of him broke his leg on that very play and was carted off of the field. By and by, the fans in Oxford were forced to deal with two major blows on a night that once seemed promising, while the Auburn supporters slept soundly knowing they had knocked off the ninth-ranked Ole Miss Rebels.