Not even a 25-point deficit could deny Mississippi State on this day. Down 28-3 in the 2nd quarter, MSU came roaring back with 40 unanswered points on the way to an eventual 43-34 victory over #16 Auburn.
It marked the largest come-from-behind victory in Mississippi State history and got the Bulldogs bowl eligible. Mississippi State is now set to play in a postseason game for a 12th-straight season. The largest deficit previously overcame in a State win was in this year’s season opener when the Bulldogs rallied from 20 points down to top Louisiana Tech. That record held for just over two months behind State’s resilient showing on The Plains.
Will Rogers set a new MSU single-game best with 6 touchdown passes and totaled 415 yards through the air to lead the Bulldogs offensively. On the defensive side, State limited Auburn to only six 2nd-half points.
With the victory, State head coach Mike Leach has now won four road or neutral-site games against Associated Press-ranked opponents, tying Emory Bellard for the school record. Leach now has 5 ranked wins in his 22 games as MSU’s leader, becoming the fastest in school history to notch five wins over ranked foes.
Leach met with the media following the big win to discuss the largest comeback in school history. Video is courtesy of Hail State Athletics.