AUBURN, Ala. Kerryon Johnson rushed for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns and No. 12 Auburn beat Ole Miss 44-23 on Saturday.
Johnson and the Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) continued a recent tear with their third straight lopsided win over a league team. Johnson, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, has 11 touchdown runs during that hot streak.
The Rebels (2-3, 0-2) endured their second straight blowout in the state a week after losing 66-3 to No. 1 Alabama. This one was much closer, but not competitive.
The Tigers were up 35-3 at halftime before Shea Patterson and Ole Miss managed to whittle down the lead.
Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham completed 14 of 21 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns. That included a screen pass which Ryan Davis took 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, the Tigers’ longest offensive play of the season.
Auburn’s Daniel Carlson made three field goals to become the SEC’s career scoring leader with 413 points. Georgia’s Blair Walsh set the old mark of 412 points.
The Rebels snapped a 10-quarter streak without a touchdown when Patterson hit D.K. Metcalf for a 9-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Patterson led two more touchdown drives in the fourth. He completed 34 of 51 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, both to Metcalf.
Ole Miss : Outscored 110-26 by Alabama and Auburn the past two weeks. … The offense still had some highlights, including A.J. Brown’s nine catches for 100 yards. … Produced 429 total yards but also allowed 561.
Auburn: The Tigers have scored 144 points in their last three games. … Auburn had been the only FBS team that hadn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game this season. … Tailback Kamryn Pettway, nursing a lower leg injury, didn’t play and Johnson had 28 carries. … Guard Mike Horton was helped off the field in the third quarter, putting little weight on his left leg.
Ole Miss starting nickel back A.J. Moore was ejected for targeting early in the second quarter. He appeared to hit Stephen Roberts’ helmet first after Roberts fielded a punt. Replay officials upheld the call after only a brief review.
Ole Miss hosts Vanderbilt seeking its first SEC win. The Tigers visit LSU, a year after coach Les Miles was fired the day after an Auburn win.