AUBURN, Ala. - Contrary to popular belief, it's too early to write off the defending national champs.
Auburn bounced back from a lackadaisical Week 1 effort, holding on to beat No. 16 Mississippi State, 41-34, when reserve safety Ryan Smith upended Bulldogs quarterback Chris Relf just shy of the goal line in the final seconds.
After a brief celebration, the officials cleared the field for a review. They came up with the same conclusion: Relf was 1 inch short, sending the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd into a tizzy.
"There's something to being able to fight down to the end when it doesn't look good and still win a game," said Auburn head coach Gene Chizik.