Thursday October 22nd, 2020 8:21AM

Nix picks cost No. 15 Auburn in 30-22 loss to South Carolina

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Jaycee Horn was tired of hearing he didn't have the ball skills to be a truly exceptional cornerback.

His play against No. 15 Auburn proved he did — and led the Gamecocks to a breakthrough win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Horn had the first two interceptions of his career and his pass break up led to a third — all which South Carolina turned into touchdowns — for a 30-22 victory that was its first win over Auburn in 87 years.

Horn is a junior who's been a lockdown corner most of his career.

“If a team throws at him like that every game, he'll have a game like that every game,” Gamecocks receiver Shi Smith said of Horn, the son of NFL receiver Joe Horn.

Horn was assigned to Auburn receiver Seth Williams, one of the best receivers in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 18 yards a catch. Williams finished with four catches for 74 yards, but no scores.

“I heard a lot of people saying I (don't) have any ball skills, which is crazy to me,” Horn said. “I just knew the day would come when I'd have a lot of opportunities to make plays.”

South Carolina made plenty of them throughout to beat Auburn for the first time in 87 years.

Kevin Harris ran for two touchdowns, Smith added a 10-yard TD catch and Horn and the defense did enough to stop Bo Nix and the Tigers' attack.

Auburn (2-2) had won eight straight in the series and jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes. But Nix, the sophomore quarterback, threw three picks and the Gamecocks (2-2) cashed in each time to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a year.

Smith had eight catches including his score midway through the third quarter that put South Carolina ahead for good, 20-19.

Auburn was driving on its following series when Nix threw his third interception — and second to c Horn who brought the ball down the left sidelines to the Tigers' 8. Harris was in the end zone a play later for a 27-19 lead and Auburn could not recover.

The Tigers closed to 30-22 on Anders Carlson's 22 yard field goal with 6:39 left. Auburn got the ball back once more with 2:15 left and drove to the South Carolina 13. Nix, though, was called for intentional grounding trying to avoid a sack and the Gamecocks held on to beat the Tigers for the first time since 1933.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said his team will have to get past this quickly. “We’re just going to have to be big boys and we’re going to have to man up and put it behind us and go into next week and find a way to win," he said.

South Carolina had not won back-to-back games since defeating Kentucky and then-No. 3 Georgia last season. That win over the Bulldogs was the last time the Gamecocks had beaten a ranked opponent.

Auburn's offense looked unstoppable the first half and doubled up South Carolina in yardage (243-119) the first 30 minutes — except when Nix put the ball in danger.

Nix had 272 yards passing and was sacked three times.

Bigsby, the Auburn freshman, had 111 yards rushing and went past the century mark for a second straight game.

Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe said the next week was critical for his team.

“We're just going to stay together,” Pappoe said.


Auburn: The Tigers have some offensive issues. Nix had thrown only one interception on the season before his three here. And Nix and receiver Williams looked to have some feisty words on the sidelines in the third quarter. Teammate Eli Stove said the two “love each other,” but things like that happen at times. “People want to win. It’s a competition. Seth’s trying to tell Bo something about what the DB’s doing, and Bo is trying to tell him what he saw,” Stove said.

South Carolina: If the Gamecocks felt good about defeating Vanderbilt last week, they'll be absolutely giddy with this ranked win before heading to LSU to face the defending — and struggling — national champions next week. Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo yelled “Yes, sir!” as he left the press box area for the locker room.


The Gamecocks got a boost from defensive tackle Kier Thomas, a senior, returning to the lineup after not traveling to the Vanderbilt game due to COVID-19 issues. Thomas had two of the three sacks on Nix, including the one late where Nix was called for intentional grounding.


It has not been a fun experience for Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris at Williams-Brice Stadium. Morris lost twice at South Carolina while he held the same job at Clemson, then was defeated in this one. Two of the three games, his offense had outgained the Gamecocks, including Saturday when Auburn had 481 yards to just 295 for South Carolina.


Auburn is at Ole Miss on Saturday.

South Carolina goes to LSU on Saturday night.


More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, College Sports, AP Sports - College Football
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Nix picks cost No. 15 Auburn in 30-22 loss to South Carolina
Kevin Harris ran for two touchdowns and South Carolina turned three interceptions thrown by Bo Nix into points to defeat No. 15 Auburn for the first time in 87 years with a 30-22 victory on Saturday
3:59PM ( 12 minutes ago )
As lockdown eases, Israelis again gather against Netanyahu
Thousands of Israelis are demonstrating outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, resuming the weekly protest against the Israeli leader after emergency restrictions imposed as part of a coronavirus lockdown were lifted
3:46PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies
Thousands of mostly young women in masks are rallying in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections
3:30PM ( 42 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Patriots back at work, day after 5th player tested positive
The New England Patriots say they are getting back to work, one day after a fifth player tested positive for COVID-19 and one day before their twice-postponed game against Denver
2:00PM ( 2 hours ago )
Alabama's Saban cleared to coach after 3rd negative test
Alabama football coach Nick Saban will be back on the sideline against Georgia after all
1:50PM ( 2 hours ago )
Dodgers' Chris Taylor won't start Game 6 against Braves
Chris Taylor is out of the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves
1:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
No.. 17 SMU beats Tulane 37-34 in OT to improve to 5-0
Brandon Crossley ended the first overtime possession with an interception and Chris Naggar made a 34-yard field goal to give No. 17 SMU a 37-34 victory over Tulane on Friday night
10:23PM ( 17 hours ago )
Patriots cancel practice after 5th player tests positive
From New England to Atlanta to Indianapolis, the focus was not on football
8:34PM ( 19 hours ago )
Kansas coach cleared of virus but skips West Virginia game
Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his positive test for COVID-19
7:17PM ( 20 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Georgia's winning formula resembles the old Alabama way
Georgia's style of play looks like vintage Alabama under Nick Saban
12:43PM ( 1 day ago )
Cincinnati-Tulsa postponed due to Bearcats' COVID-19 issues
No. 8 Cincinnati's weekend game at Tulsa has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Bearcats players
11:27PM ( 1 day ago )
Saban still asymptomatic, but sidelined for Alabama-Georgia
Nick Saban won’t be allowed to coach No. 2 Alabama from home against third-ranked Georgia per SEC and NCAA guidelines
8:55PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
No. 1 Clemson hopes to avoid letdown against Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech will play for its first win over a top-ranked team since beating Virginia in 1990 when the Yellow Jackets face No. 1 Clemson
12:32PM ( 2 days ago )
Eagles visit No. 23 Hokies in key game on ACC schedule
Boston College's visit to No. 23 Virginia Tech stands as a key game in the Atlantic Coast Conference race for teams chasing top-ranked Clemson, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 North Carolina
8:47AM ( 2 days ago )
Coastal Carolina knocks off No. 21 La.-Lafayette 30-27
Massimo Biscardi made a 40-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Coastal Carolina a 30-27 victory over No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday night in Sun Belt matchup of unbeaten teams
12:18AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - College Football
Organizers exhort women to vote for change at US rallies
Thousands of mostly young women in masks are rallying in the nation’s capital and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 elections
3:30PM ( 42 minutes ago )
Armenia, Azerbaijan announce new attempt at cease-fire
Armenia and Azerbaijan have announced a new attempt to establish a cease-fire in their conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh starting from midnight
3:27PM ( 45 minutes ago )
The Latest: Oklahoma COVID hospitalizations stay near record
States are seeing more hospitalizations and due to the coronavirus as case numbers increase around the country
3:22PM ( 50 minutes ago )
Jansen shows signs of old self as Dodgers try to stay alive
Kenley Jansen dominated again in a game-ending role for the Los Angeles Dodgers even without earning a save
2:56PM ( 1 hour ago )
Headwinds for Trump in bid to repeat Upper Midwest victories
President Donald Trump is making a late reelection pitch to voters Saturday in Michigan and Wisconsin, states in the Upper Midwest that were instrumental to his 2016 victory but may now be slipping from his grasp
2:56PM ( 1 hour ago )