Bo Nix out with broken ankle suffered in Auburn football's loss to Mississippi State
AUBURN — Quarterback Bo Nix's ankle injury Saturday during Auburn football's 43-34 loss to Mississippi State was a broken bone, he posted on Instagram on Sunday night.
"Bones break and things change, but God is always the same," Nix wrote in the post. "...The Lord's timing is our schedule. The road to recovery begins tomorrow."
The three-year starter suffered the injury as he was brought down from behind while releasing a throw downfield that resulted in a 44-yard completion for Auburn (6-4, 3-3 SEC). Nix went to the medical tent at the end of the drive and returned to play three possessions into the fourth quarter, including a 90-yard touchdown drive. Backup quarterback T.J. Finley took over during Auburn's final offensive series of the game.
"Just got a little nicked and injured for a minute," Nix said after the game. "Not quite sure obviously moving forward. Going to get that looked at, but it was just all right, and I was able to obviously continue to play a few more drives. But when you’re down by two scores, it’s probably better to have a guy, in that situation, who can really move around and not be hindered with anything."
With two regular-season games remaining, it's unlikely Nix will return this season, though it wasn't immediately clear how long his recovery will take
After the play that caused the injury, Nix finished the game 9-for-17 with 109 passing yards. When asked afterward how much the injury impacted his performance, he said, "I think a lot."
"But a lot of people play with things going on that you have to overcome," Nix continued. "That’s a part of football, and you have to find a way, whatever happens."
In the second quarter, Nix surpassed former quarterback Stan White's all-time record for total offense by an Auburn football player. Nix's totals for the game were 27-for-41 with 377 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It added to the best season of his Auburn career, a season in which he was benched in the third quarter of the Tigers' home game against Georgia State on Sept. 25. Finley replaced him and led a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes to save Auburn from an upset.
But with the quarterback competition reopened, Nix earned back his starting job at practice the next week as Auburn prepared for a road game at LSU. He made one of the plays of his career on a fourth down in that game, escaping defenders and throwing a touchdown pass that helped Auburn rally from down 13-0 to win at LSU for the first time since 1999, before Nix was born.
Since then, he has led wins against ranked Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Auburn has now lost two straight games for the first time this season: a 20-3 defeat at Texas A&M in which the offense went quiet, and the heartbreaker to Mississippi State after the Tigers led 28-3.
Nix's season completion rate stands at 61% — a career high — with 2,294 yards, 11 passing touchdowns, three interceptions and a career-high 7.1 yards per pass attempt. He has four rushing touchdowns and 168 yards on the ground this year.
Auburn's remaining regular-season games are at South Carolina (6 p.m. Saturday, ESPN) and at home vs. Alabama in the Iron Bowl.