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Marshall improving, Tigers confidence soaring

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn Tigers are somewhere they have not been since the 2010 season:

Undefeated after three games.

The third came on a thrilling, 24-20, come-from-behind win over Mississippi State, also the Tigers' first SEC win since October of 2011. The game symbolized something Gus Malzahn has taught ever since he came back to the Plains.

"Nick [Marshall] grew up fast," said senior tight end C.J. Uzomah, who caught the winning touchdown from Marshall. "We grew up fast as a team. We overcame that adversity as coach always emphasizes."

On the final drive, Marshall completed six-of-eight passes for 66 yards, while navigating the offense 88 yards in 12 plays, all while taking just one timeout.

"Your biggest challenge is always be prepare, always be thinking ahead, making sure that your players are prepared, that they've repped it and they went over it," Malzahn said. "No matter what look they get, they're prepared."

Marshall was spectacular Saturday as well, which bodes well for the Tigers moving forward. He was 23-of-34 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns.

"That has to help, the way the game ended last week," Malzahn said. "You look back at the game, and I think we had a few drops, and we had an overthrow, but at the same time, I felt like he did a good job throwing the football, and I think he'll be more comfortable each week."

Auburn faces another tough test on Saturday as they travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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