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  • Writer's pictureKevin Scarbinsky

Auburn whistles past the graveyard because misery loves Missouri more

How low can you go? Asking for a proud football family that's seen better days.

Saturday was not among them. Instead, in a homecoming not worth remembering, Auburn sank to that place where you don't quite hit bottom but you can see it from there.

Show me a more dispiriting exhibition, a more fitting definition of the agony of victory, than the overtime abomination that was Auburn 17, Missouri 14. Never mind. Don't rack your brain or waste your time. You can't.

Misery fell head over heels for the Tigers and the Tigers in an SEC opener destined to give Bryan Harsin a temporary stay of execution - or end him the way Eli Drinkwitz and Mizzou did to Vanderbilt's Derek Mason in 2020 and Florida's Dan Mullen last year.

Coming out of the unhappy valley left behind by Penn State, Auburn was so prepared and so motivated to rally around its embattled head coach that it followed the program's most embarrassing home loss in a decade with the most embarrassing victory - here, there or anywhere - in school history. ...

Read more about Kevin's perspective on an Auburn program whistling past the graveyard. Only in The Lede.

Auburn celebrates its overtime survival against Missouri. (Auburn Athletics/Austin Perryman)



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