Auburn Gives Up 14-Point Lead in 21-17 Loss to South Carolina

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Auburn wide receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. (16) is tackled by South Carolina linebacker Mohamed Kaba (32) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Auburn has now lost three games in a row after losing to South Carolina in Columbia Saturday night, 21-17.

Auburn had an early 14-0 lead, but for the second straight game, the Tigers dominated early just to see its lead evaporate.  Auburn was without injured starting quarterback Bo Nix and kicker Anders Carlson.

In his first start, quarterback T. J. Finley completed 17 of 32 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown.

Auburn’s Tank Bigsby ran for a season best 164 yards on 22 carries.

ZaQuandre White was South Carolina’s leading rusher with 99 yards and top receiver with 69 yards. South Carolina is now bowl eligible the traditional way for the first time in three years.  The Gamecocks won at least six games in a season for the first time since 2018.

The game was a faceoff between first-year head coaches Bryan Harsin of Auburn and Shane Beamer of South Carolina.

Auburn is now 6-5 and will host No. 2 Alabama (10-1) in the Iron Bowl next Saturday. The game is at 2:30PM on CBS 8.

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