As the LSU Tigers get set to face Auburn on Saturday, September 22, I am hoping to see LSU continue to perform well against their SEC West rivals. In the past five meetings between the schools, LSU has won four and lost only one. The victories are rarely easy for either side, though, and fans of both teams can expect a tough game.
Below is a look at the last five games between LSU and Auburn.
October 22, 2011
No. 1 LSU defeated No. 19 Auburn by a score of 45-10. Running back Michael Ford led LSU with 82 rushing yards, while Kenny Hilliard ran for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Rueben Randle had five receptions for 106 yards. Randle also caught two touchdown passes in the second quarter, one from each of LSU's quarterbacks, Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Auburn moved the ball down the field, but had trouble scoring and also had two turnovers in the game.
October 23, 2010
No. 5 Auburn handed No. 6 LSU its first loss of the season, winning 24-17 and accumulating 526 yards of offense compared to just 243 by LSU. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Michael Dyer added 100 yards and a score. LSU shut Newton down in the passing game, holding him to 86 through the air, but Auburn's running game was too strong.
October 24, 2009
No. 9 LSU led unranked Auburn 17-0 at halftime and cruised to an easy 31-10 victory. Jefferson passed for 242 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another score. Receivers Terrance Tolliver (nine catches, 86 yards) and Brandon LaFell (six catches, 67 yards) each had a touchdown. Running back Ben Tate led Auburn with 67 rushing yards.
September 20, 2008
With both teams ranked in the top 10, No. 6 LSU and No. 10 Auburn met in the third game of the year. Auburn led 14-3 at halftime after Gabe McKenzie returned an interception for a touchdown. But LSU fought back to win the game 26-21, with Lee throwing for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Lee connected with LaFell for a touchdown with a minute remaining to win the game. Running back Keiland Williams also threw a touchdown pass for LSU, while Charles Scott ran for 132 yards.
October 20, 2007
A week after losing its first game of the season to Florida to drop out of the No. 1 ranking, No. 5 LSU beat No. 18 Auburn at the last second. Quarterback Matt Flynn's 22-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd won the game 30-24. Flynn threw for 319 yards and three scores, while Early Doucet led the team with seven catches and 93 receiving yards. LSU gained 488 yards, while Auburn managed 296.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.