The No. 2 LSU Tigers defeated Auburn, 12-10, on Sept. 22 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The LSU team did not play like favorites in another frustrating game against Auburn. The LSU Tigers outgained the Auburn Tigers 351-183, ran 19 more offensive plays and won the time of possession battle. Yet, the game somehow followed the script of so many of the games over the past decade and was determined by less than a touchdown.
LSU Undisciplined In Win
LSU committed nine penalties for 80 yards in the game and lost both fumbles. LSU was flagged for four personal fouls in the game. There were two personal fouls on one drive preceding Auburn's field goal drive. A holding penalty and a personal foul on an Auburn punt pushed LSU back to its own 13-yard line to start a drive. Luckily, LSU recovered a fumbled punt after the drive stalled and got what turned out to be the game-winning field goal. However, even on that field goal drive, a false start penalty stalled what could have been a touchdown drive.
LSU Defense Turns In Great Effort
LSU held Auburn under 100 yards passing and rushing and racked up 14.0 tackles for loss. Auburn's quarterback Kiehl Frazier had 97 yards passing on 22 attempts, was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Auburn only managed 86 rush yards on 30 attempts. The other Tigers were also held to 2-of-12 on third-down conversions. Auburn's only touchdown came on a short field after a Zach Mettenberger lost fumble.
LSU Offense Has Mixed Performance
Mettenberger was 15-of-27 passing for 169 yards, was sacked twice and lost two fumbles. Mettenberger did hit seven different receivers on the day and made clutch throws on the game-winning drive and to extend the Tigers' last drive of the game. Running back Spencer Ware had 90 yards rushing on 16 carries and 44 yards on two receptions. Despite the top three rushers for the Tigers each averaging at least four yards per carry, LSU only had one rushing touchdown in four red zone trips. LSU had nine rushing touchdowns in 17 red zone trips before the Auburn game.
A win with a quarterback making his first start on the road in an SEC West game is a good result no matter how it looked. The other bit of good news is that LSU has a tune-up game against Towson before SEC play resumes.
As an LSU fan, I am glad the Tigers won the game. However, LSU needs serious improvement before its next SEC game.
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