Todd, Tate spark Auburn in 33-20 win over Rebels - - Jackson, MS

Todd, Tate spark Auburn in 33-20 win over Rebels

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Chris Todd passed for 212 yards, Ben Tate ran for 144 yards and Walt McFadden returned an interception for a touchdown to lift Auburn to a 33-20 win over No. 24 Mississippi on Saturday.

The Tigers (6-3, 3-3 SEC) scored 23 points in the third quarter and turned away Jevan Snead and the Rebels (5-3, 2-3) seven times on drives to midfield or beyond.

Once ranked No. 4, Ole Miss had appeared to get back on track with two straight wins but couldn't overcome a frenzied third-quarter flurry that led to a 24-point hole.

McFadden stopped the Rebels' final chance by stepping in front of Snead's pass near the Auburn goal line for his second pick in the final minutes. He also had a 29-yard return for a score in the third quarter.

Auburn got its offense going after dropping three straight games and raising fears of another late-season collapse.

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