Dak Prescott ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, leading No. 3 Mississippi State to a 38-23 victory over No. 2 Auburn on Saturday.
Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) has won nine straight games going back to last season. Auburn (5-1, 2-1), the defending SEC champion, lost for the first time since last season's national championship game.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first nine minutes, but Auburn pulled within 28-20 in the third quarter. The Tigers couldn't complete the comeback, though, undone by a Ricardo Louis fumble in the fourth quarter, untimely penalties and an inconsistent offense.
Prescott completed 18 of 34 passes for 246 yards and also rushed for 121 yards. He threw two interceptions. Auburn's Nick Marshall threw for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while also running for 100 yards.