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Tigers hold off pesky Rebels

John Vaughn kicked three field goals, including two in the final 7:35, to give No.7 Auburn a gritty 23-17 win against Mississippi at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers could not cover the 18.5-point spread on the road, and the 40 points scored were OVER the posted total of 38.

Brandon Cox was 21-for-34 for 255 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, and Kenny Irons ran 23 times for 107 yards for the Tigers.

Brent Schaeffer was a miserable 8-for-17 for 162 yards, one score, and two interceptions, while BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 44 yards on 13 carries for the Rebels.