The Auburn football team defeated No. 16 Mississippi State, 41-34, after the Bulldogs’ Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line as time expired.

The defending BCS champion Tigers fell from the Associated Press top 25 rankings this week after struggling to beat unheralded Utah State in their season opener.

Mississippi State staged a remarkable drive deep into Auburn territory late in the game, going 66-plus yards in the final 2:52, only to come up just short.

Auburn Coach Gene Chizik improved to 9-0 in games decided by four points or less as the Tigers coach.