LSU (4-1) improved and picked up their fourth straight win on the season as they knocked off Auburn (3-2) on the road 21-17. Auburn got off to a fast start in this game as they picked up an early 17-0 lead. LSU was able to storm back and end its two-game losing streak to Auburn.
LSU Passes Its First Road Test of the Season
The game started off with a scary scene on the opening kickoff as Sevyn Banks had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Banks was later deemed to be alert and mobile. After spending the previous three weeks at home the Tigers headed to the plains to take on Auburn. LSU found themselves down 17-0 early against Auburn and struggled to find any rhythm on offense. The Tigers were able to close out the second quarter with momentum.
The defense rose to the occasion putting the purple and gold on the board as Jay Ward was able to return a fumble for a touchdown. The offense from there was able to end the first half by closing the deficit to 17-14 Auburn. Jayden Daniels ran it in for a one-yard score to give LSU some life heading into the halftime break.
The only score that occurred in the second half came on LSU’s third offensive possession in the second half. The Tigers were able to drive into the red zone. They were able to take their first lead of the game. John Emery broke a couple of tackles on his way to a 20-yard touchdown to give LSU the 21-17 lead.
LSU’s Defense Wins The Turnover Battle
B.J. Ojulari started the turnover party on Saturday night as both teams tried to give the game away to one another. Ojulari sacked Robby Ashford which resulted in Ashford losing the ball. Jay Ward was able to pick up the scoop and score. It would give LSU the opportunity to be able to cut into Auburn’s early lead.
LSU was able to force four Auburn turnovers that proved to be crucial in the end. The Tiger defense was able to get timely turnovers for the purple and gold to come out with the victory. On multiple occasions when the Auburn offense was about to strike the Tigers’ defense was able to come away with a turnover.
After John Emery’s 20-yard touchdown run put up LSU 21-17, Auburn was looking to answer. Auburn was able to drive down the field. That was until Ashford’s pass was intercepted by Harold Perkins.
LSU’s defense came up with a huge interception after Emery fumbled the ball. Greg Brooks Jr. ripped the ball out of Koy Moore’s hands that would give the Tiger a chance to seal the game.
LSU Faced Adversity Being Down 17-0
Auburn got off to a hot start as they were able to strike on their first offensive possession. It was starting to look bleak for the purple and gold as LSU’s offense had to punt it away on their first five drives of the game.
Ashford found busted coverage in the LSU secondary to put Auburn up early 7-0. Auburn would continue to add to their early lead with a Camden Brown 18-yard touchdown to increase their lead, to 14-0. An Anders Carlson 29-yard field goal would give Auburn a commanding 17-0 lead.
This game was eerily similar to any LSU/Auburn game as both teams were turning the ball over in crucial moments of the game. LSU has faced adversity before this season in SEC play. They were down 13-0 against Mississippi State in the first half of week three.
The Tigers were able to go on a 21-0 run to be able to come out with a road win and move to 2-0 in SEC play. LSU’s defense was able to shut down Auburn in the second half. The Tigers’ passing game was held in check (85 passing yards), but they were able to get key runs to be able to come out with a victory. Jayden Daniels did exit the game and that left Garrett Nussmeier to finish the game under center.
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