No. 5 Auburn beat Gamecocks 42-35, survive a scare

Oct 25, 2014 11:17 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Nick Marshall ran for three touchdowns and passed for a score and No. 5 Auburn beat South Carolina 42-35 to survive a scare from the Gamecocks after Steve Spurrier made a succession of gambles that paid off.

The Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) finally stopped the onslaught of Spurrier, Dylan Thompson and fourth-down magic late in the game. Auburn burned off four-plus minutes from the clock after the first unsuccessful gamble before the Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4) made a stop at midfield for one more shot.

Thompson, who threw five touchdown passes and helped convert five straight fourth-down tries, took over at his own 15 with no timeouts and 1:08 left. Jonathan Jones made his second interception in the end zone on Thompson's last-play heave to preserve the Tigers' SEC and national title hopes.

The Gamecocks, an 18-point underdog, converted an onside kick and four fourth-down plays in their own territory.

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