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Updated: 9/14/2013 10:04 pm
AUBURN, Ala. (WTVA/AP) - Nick Marshall hit C.J. Uzomah for an 11-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left to lift Auburn to a 24-20 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night, ending the Tigers' 10-game Southeastern Conference losing streak.

Marshall led the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 SEC) down the field with big running and passing plays in easily his best game.

The junior-college transfer completed his first four passes for 39 yards and then ran 11 yards on 3rd-and-10 before lofting the decisive throw to the right corner of the end zone.

The play was reviewed and instant replay officials ruled that the 6-foot-4 tight end was pushed out of bounds, enabling him to come back. Marshall passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns.

Subbing for an injured Tyler Russell for a second straight game, quarterback Dak Prescott ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 213 for Mississippi State (1-2, 0-1 SEC).

The loss is the first for the Bulldogs under head coach Dan Mullen when leading after three quarters (29-1).

Mississippi State overcame an early 11-0 deficit to take a 20-14 lead in the third quarter. But that would end the scoring for the Bulldogs, as the Tigers scored the next 10 points to take the lead back and win the game.

The game-winning drive for the Tigers started at their own 12 yard line, a 12-play, 88-yard drive that took just 1:46 to complete.

MSU hosts Troy on Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. before a week off and then returning to conference play on Oct. 5 against LSU.
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