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No. 23 Auburn shakes off sleepy start, tops Tennessee

Following a three-week layoff, the Auburn Tigers overcame a slow start to beat the visiting Tennessee Volunteers 30-17 on Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-2, 5-2 SEC), who had their game against Mississippi State postponed due to COVID-19 concerns following a bye week, rallied from an early 10-0 deficit to win their third consecutive game.

The Volunteers (2-5, 2-5) suffered their fifth consecutive defeat — all by double digits.

Auburn prevailed despite losing freshman running back sensation Tank Bigsby to a lower body injury in the first half. Bigsby landed hard on his left hip on the Tigers’ opening series. He re-entered the game in the second quarter, but exited after one play and did not return.

Auburn’s running game persevered led by sophomore D.J. Williams (11 carries, 66 yards, one touchdown) and junior Shaun Shivers (14 carries, 65 yards).

Tennessee sophomore Eric Gray finished as the Vols’ leading rusher (22 carries for 173 yards and a touchdown) and receiver (49 yards on three catches).

Senior quarterback Jarrett Guarantano ran for a 9-yard touchdown and senior kicker Brent Cimaglia connected on a 47-yard field goal with 13:42 left in the second quarter to craft Tennessee’s 10-0 lead. Bu