Johnson and No. 12 Auburn top Ole Miss
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.