Da Boot Sports
By: Corey Perrillioux
BATON ROUGE, LA - The LSU Fighting Tigers put on an offensive clinic in Death Valley against the Auburn Tigers and the LSU defense showed up to play football after several weeks of struggling in a 48-18 win in front of 102, 321 electric Tiger fans.
LSU opened the game on offense with a 9-yard pass to TE Mason Taylor. The offense went tempo with a huge Diggs run for 35 yards. In four plays, the Tigers punched it in with a passing TD from Jayden Daniels to Malik Nabers. One minute and 39 seconds is all it took for LSU to go up 7-0.
Auburn started their first possession from the 25-yard line. The Tigers of Auburn couldn’t generate any offense and punted after a three and out.
LSU fielded the punt and following a holding penalty started their second offensive possession from their 22-yard line.
LSU would again start fast on offense with an impressive drive. Dual threat quarterback Jayden Daniels showcased his running skills with a 26-yard scamper into Auburn territory. The 66-yard drive was a mix of runs and passes and culminated with a 30-yard Damian Ramos field goal to extend the LSU lead to 10-0.
The second Auburn drive began from their 22-yard line. LSU’s defense again forced a 3 and out.
The LSU Tigers began their third drive from their 35-yard line. On 2nd and 11, Jayden Daniels connected with running back John Emery Jr. for 49 yards down to Auburn’s 17-yard line. Four plays later, Emery punched it in the end zone for a touchdown and following the extra point, the Bayou Bengals lead 17-0. The drive went 65 yards in 6 plays.
Auburn began its third drive from their 25-yard line. They finally got a nice drive going with the aid of an LSU defensive pass interference penalty. The first quarter ended with Auburn driving and LSU leading 17-0.
Auburn reached the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jarquez Hunter. The drive took 8 plays and went 75 yards to close the LSU lead to 17-7.
LSU took its first possession of the 2nd quarter at the 25-yard line. Following a sack of QB Jayden Daniels, the offense once again began a methodical drive. The Auburn Tigers Defense appeared to have no answer to the LSU offense as the high-powered Bayou Bengals drove down the field at will. The drive stalled at the 12-yard line following a false start by the offensive line. Ramos capped the drive off with a 35-yard field goal to increase the LSU advantage to 20-7. The drive went 57 yards in 9 plays.
Auburn began its first drive of the 2nd quarter at the 25-yard line. Following a few nice runs, the LSU defense stiffened and forced an Oscar Chapman punt.
LSU’s offense took over at the 20-yard line. The Tigers suffered their first 3 and out drive of the game as Jay Bramblett punted to Auburn, LSU's only punt of the contest.
Auburn’s possession started at the 20-yard line. The LSU defense again stifled the Auburn drive forcing a 3 and out and a punt from the Auburn 13-yard line.
LSU began its next drive from midfield, its best starting field position of the game. D.J. James intercepted Jayden Daniels at the Auburn 16-yard line following a deflection.
LSU’s defense showed improvement from week's past as they shut down the Auburn drive forcing a punt.
LSU took over at the 5-yard line with 9 seconds remaining in the 1st half. Taking a knee, LSU took a 20-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
LSU performed with nice offense execution and the defense showed up playing strong in the first half. The Pete Jenkins effect appears to be working nicely for the Tigers defense.
The Auburn Tigers opened the 3rd quarter from their 25-yard line. QB Robby Ashford replaced Payton Thorne to begin the second half and the Auburn Tigers put a nice drive together. Harold Perkins ended the drive with a sack on 3rd down, forcing Auburn to try a field goal. The 38-yard field goal attempt was good closing the LSU lead to 20-10.
LSU took the kickoff at the 1-yard line and RB Kaleb Jackson broke a nice kick return to the Auburn 39-yard line. Jayden Daniels hit Kyren Lacy for a 25-yard touchdown strike to bring the LSU lead to 27-10.
Once again, Auburn would begin their drive from the 25-yard line. The LSU defense again forced a three and out and punt from the Auburn 30-yard line.
The LSU Tigers started the next possession from the 33-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Jayden Daniels hit Kyren Lacy for a huge 57-yard play to the 10. Three plays later, Daniels hit RB Josh Williams for a 13-yard touchdown. The drive covered 67-yards in 4 plays. LSU now lead 34-10 with 3:53 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
Auburn began the next drive from the 16-yard line following a personal foul. LSU aided the Auburn Tigers with a personal foul face mask penalty. Auburn was forced to go for it on 4th and 4 from the 14-yard line. They converted it to keep the drive alive with a 1st and goal from the 6-yard line. The 3rd quarter ended as Auburn had a 2nd down and goal from the LSU 3-yard line. The score after three was LSU 34, Auburn 10.
Auburn opened the 4th quarter with a 3-yard touchdown pass from QB Robby Ashford to TE Brandon Frazier. Auburn followed the touchdown with a 2-point conversion from Ashford to Frazier. The score now stood at LSU 34 Auburn 18.
From the 25, LSU’s powerful offense began its next drive. Jayden Daniels again showcased his running ability as he ran for 23-yards. LSU drove the 75-yards and capped the drive off with a 5-yard Logan Diggs touchdown run. LSU went up 41–18.
Auburn took the ensuing kickoff with a return to the 25-yard line. Aided by a roughing the passer call, the Tigers continued to drive until a failed attempt at a 4th and 5 at their 45-yard line, turning the ball over on downs.
LSU took over on offense at Auburn’s 48-yard line. This drive showcased the hard-nosed running of running back John Emery Jr. with 28 yards before heading to the sideline with an injury. RB Josh Williams capped the drive with a 1-yard rushing touchdown bringing the score to 48-18.
The game ended in a 48-18 LSU victory. Jayden Daniels finished the contest going 20-27 passing for 325 yards and 3 touchdown passes. He also rushed 11 times for 93 yards. Logan Diggs rushed 18 times for 97 yards with a TD. John Emery Jr. rushed 6 times 42 yards and a touchdown. Malik Nabers had 6 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown grab while Kyren Lacy had 4 receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown.
LSU’s high-powered offense continued to dazzle fans and what at times seemed as though they scored at will against the Auburn defense. The Bayou Bengals had 39 rushing attempts for 238 yards and 27 passing attempts for 325 yards totaling 563 yards of total offense.
LSU’s defense had 2 sacks. One from Harold Perkins Jr. and the other by Mekhi Wingo respectively. The leading tackler for the Tigers was Zy Alexander with 9 total tackles. The LSU defense was much improved this week in a valiant effort to hold Auburn to 18 points and only 293 yards of total offense.
With this victory LSU improves to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in SEC play.
Next up LSU will take a break from conference play as they will host Army on Saturday, October 21 in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm CST and the contest will be televised by SEC Network.
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