Nix picks cost No. 15 Auburn in 30-22 loss to South Carolina

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The Associated Press

Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove (12) celebrates a touchdown with Ze'Vian Capers (80) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina's Jaycee Horn was tired of hearing he didn't have the ball skills to be a truly exceptional cornerback.

His play against No. 15 Auburn proved he did — and led the Gamecocks to a breakthrough win over the Tigers on Saturday.

Horn had the first two interceptions of his career and his pass break up led to a third — all which South Carolina turned into touchdowns — for a 30-22 victory that was its first win over Auburn in 87 years.

Horn is a junior who's been a lockdown corner most of his career.

“If a team throws at him like that every game, he'll have a game like that every game,” Gamecocks receiver Shi Smith said of Horn, the son of NFL receiver Joe Horn.

Horn was assigned to Auburn receiver Seth Williams, one of the best receivers in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 18 yards a catch. Williams finished with four catches for 74 yards, but no scores.

“I heard a lot of people saying I (don't) have any ball skills, which is crazy to me,” Horn said. “I just knew the day would come when I'd have a lot of opportunities to make plays.”

South Carolina made plenty of them throughout to beat Auburn for the first time in 87 years.