The Auburn Tigers had a tough time on Saturday but managed to hold off a stubborn Mississippi State squad 41-34. It was the defense that came through on the big play, holding off Auburn at the goal line late in the day. It was the second straight week the Auburn Tigers needed a big play at the finish.
Last week it was Utah State who pushed the Tigers to the limit, a close game that moved Auburn down in the ranking and out of the Top Ten. This week it was #16 Mississippi State, a surprisingly good college football team in 2011, that made the Auburn Tigers think about where they actually stand in the SEC.
If the close games continue, the Auburn Tigers will have their fans chewing their fingernails every game day. It does however, keep the Tigers win streak alive. The Auburn Tigers now have a 17-game run going, the longest streak in college football, mostly thanks to Mike Dyer who came up with 150 yards rushing for Auburn. But Dyer will have to compete for praise this week with Ryan Smith, a backup safety who made what might be a game saving tackle of Mississippi State quarterback Chrios Relf mere inches from the goal.