John­son and No. 12 Auburn top Ole Miss

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By John Zenor AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. — Ker­ryon John­son is en­joy­ing tak­ing his mostly healed ham­string on fre­quent jaunts to the end zone.

No. 12 Auburn is hap­pily rid­ing along with him. Both con­tin­ued their hot streaks on Satur­day, with John­son rush­ing for a ca­reer-high 204 yards and three touch­downs and the Tigers beat­ing Mis­sis­sippi 44-23.

John­son and the Tigers ( 5- 0, 3- 0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) con­tin­ued a re­cent tear with their third straight lop­sided win over a league team. John­son, who didn’t play in the fourth quar­ter, has 11 touch­down runs dur­ing that stretch af­ter miss­ing two games with a right ham­string in­jury.

“I felt so close to nor­mal that I just couldn’t hide it,” said John­son, who had a ca­reer- high 28 rushes. “In the open field, I was mak­ing peo­ple miss and I was able to get up to a faster speed than last week. It just felt re­ally good to be­ing nor- mal again.”

The Rebels ( 2- 3, 0- 2) en­dured their sec­ond straight blowout in the state a week af­ter los­ing 66- 3 to No. 1 Alabama. This one was much closer, but not com­pet­i­tive.

The Tigers were up 35-3 at half­time be­fore Shea Pat­ter­son and Ole Miss man­aged to whit­tle down the lead.

“This was a game that a lot of teams could have come out and flopped around in the first half, es­pe­cially with what hap­pened last week with us and them,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “Real proud of our lead­er­ship that we an­swered the bell.”

Auburn’s Jar­rett Stid­ham com­pleted 14 of 21 passes for 235 yards and two touch­downs. That in­cluded a screen pass which Ryan Davis took 75 yards for a touch­down in the first quar­ter, the Tigers’ long­est of­fen­sive play of the sea­son.

Auburn’s Daniel Carl­son made three field goals to be­come the SEC’s ca­reer scor­ing leader with 413 points.

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