“This was a big win for us. Now we have a week off. We need it. We need to heal up. It couldn’t come at better time,” said Malzahn, who was without star defensive end Marlon Davidson and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson on Saturday night. Against Ole Miss (3-6 overall, 2-4 in the SEC), Auburn kicker Anders Carlson missed three field goals, including a 49-yarder that would’ve put the game out of reach with 1:14 left in the game. Down by six points, Ole Miss got as close as the Auburn 35-yard line with 17 seconds left before Christian Tutt picked off a John Rhys Plumlee pass, clinching the Tigers’ victory. Auburn (7-2, 4-2), which was unable to get its offense in gear in a 23-20 loss to LSU last week, piled up yardage in the first half only to stall in the red zone. Carlson missed a 42-yard field goal attempt to end Auburn’s first drive. The second drive resulted in Carlson’s first miss of 49 yards and the third drive ended with a Bo Nix fumble at the Ole Miss 38-yard line. Auburn got on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a Carlson 20-yard field goal after the offense stalled at the 2-yard line. A 75-yard pass from Nix to Harold Joiner got Auburn to the Ole Miss 1-yard line with 2:34 left in the first half. D.J. Williams scored on the next play for a 10-0 lead. A long punt return late in the second quarter led to Ole Miss’ first touchdown, a 4-yard run by Plumlee. The Tigers led 10-7 at the half. The Tigers scored on their first two drives of the second half. Noah Igbinoghene set up Auburn at its own 46-yard line on a kickoff return. The Tigers went 54 yards in 13 plays with Nix scoring from one yard out for a 17-7 lead. Auburn pushed the lead to 20-7 on Carlton’s 38-yard field goal with 4:15 left in the third quarter. Ole Miss’ final score came on a Snoop Conner 1-yard run with 5:35 left in the game.