AUBURN, Ala. — Once again Bo Jackson provided the offensive punch for No. 6 Auburn, but it took a strong defense and the booming punts of Louis Colbert for the Tigers to hold off Mississippi State, 21-9, Saturday.
"It wasn't a pretty win," said Jackson, who rushed for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 22-yard run that put the Tigers ahead after they trailed 6-0.
Jackson came into the game averaging 205.5 yards per game rushing. His 169 yards came in 28 carries.
Said Auburn Coach Pat Dye: "It's been frustrating. We weren't able to hammer out anything today. This is a good football team that has now become ordinary. I'd hate to think where we would be without our defense."
Jackson, on his 22-yard scoring run, set a new single-season rushing record at Auburn, breaking the mark of 1,315 set by James Brooks in 1980; the 22 yards put Jackson at 1,320. His season rushing total stands at 1,402, an average of about 200 yards per game.