No. 5 Auburn outlasts South Carolina in shootout

Auburn, AL ( – Auburn put up touchdown after touchdown in
the second half and then finally stopped South Carolina on fourth down.

When the Gamecocks got the ball back, there wasn’t enough time to travel the
length of the field again.

Nick Marshall ran for three touchdowns and threw for another as the fifth-
ranked Tigers defeated South Carolina 42-35 on Saturday night.

Auburn scored touchdowns on six straight possessions at one point, with
Marshall’s go-ahead 5-yard TD sprint with 11:22 left providing the Tigers a
42-35 lead.

The Gamecocks converted their first five fourth-down opportunities —
including two on their ensuing drive — before Dylan Thompson overthrew Shaq
Roland in the end zone on a 4th-and-14 at the Auburn 19.

Four of those fourth-down conversions came in South Carolina’s own territory.

South Carolina then forced its first punt of the second half and regained
possession at its own 15 with 1:08 to go. Jonathan Jones, though, intercepted
Thompson’s Hail Mary pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to
preserve the win for the Tigers.