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LSU beats Auburn with a field goal at the buzzer

Ed Orgeron makes it two-straight wins over Gus Malzahn’s Tigers.

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The kick wasn’t pretty, and not much was for LSU during the 22-21 win over Auburn. But the most important thing is that the Bayou Bengals won the Tiger Bowl.

Cole Tracy’s 42-yard kick puts the exclamation point on an 11-point comeback. While this game is known for being absolutely bonkers, this one was much more of a grind it out performance.

Even the final drive was just LSU making it happen. They converted on two third downs and one fourth down. Auburn had two costly pass interferences called against them — which were the right call.

For the second year in a row, Auburn was unable to shut the door on their SEC West rival. But this time it was because LSU was able to hang around throughout, rather than last year’s erasure of a mammoth deficit.

Fourth quarter

LSU 22, Auburn 21

Game. Bayou. Bengals.

Auburn 21, LSU 19

This is what happens when you don’t shut the door on an opponent. LSU connects on this 71-yard touchdown, and after a failed two-point conversion, the Bayou Bengals are well within striking distance.

Auburn 21, LSU 13

And now it’s Auburn’s offense that has ground to a halt. LSU’s defense stands tall and forces a long field goal attempt by AU, and it’s missed.

Third quarter

Auburn 21, LSU 13

The Bayou Bengals are hanging around, but Auburn had a huge stop near the goal line to hold LSU to three instead of seven. On a third down that ended up being an incompletion to force the field goal, Joe Burrow went for a ride.

Auburn 21, LSU 10

Joe Burrow has completed only five of his last 15 throw. That’s not great.

Auburn 21, LSU 10

That’s now three consecutive drives (disregarding the kneel down to end the first half) with a touchdown for Auburn. Jarrett Stidham had a nice throw working across his body to stick it in near the goal line.

Auburn 14, LSU 10

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Auburn 14, LSU 10

To the intermission at Jordan-Hare we go.

Second quarter

Auburn 14, LSU 10

Two impressive TD drives in a row for Auburn. This offense is really out here after a slow start. A 75-yard drive and a 66-yard drive back-to-back.

LSU 10, Auburn 7

Not great for LSU. This initially incredible catch was ruled incomplete but a roughing the passer was called. It was third down, and the drive ended up extended instead of stopped. Auburn lives to fight another down on this drive.

LSU 10, Auburn 7

Took some time to get going for Auburn, but that is a blueprint Auburn 2018 drive. Attacking the perimeter of the field, and using tempo to catch LSU out of position at times for chunk gains.

LSU 10, Auburn 0

This one’s true for the Bayou Bengals. A 33-yard field goal connects for Cole Tracy.

Auburn’s offense so far has looked anemic at best. They’ve failed on three all third downs and have a 3.7 yard-per-play clip going right now.

First quarter

LSU 7, Auburn 0

LSU misses a 48-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the first quarter, and Auburn takes over with pretty good field position.

LSU 7, Auburn 0

A big stop for Auburn’s defense. Javaris Davis had good coverage against Jonathan Giles on a deep lob on third-and-18 just inside midfield.

A touchback on the punt comes with an illegal blocking call against Auburn for driving a punt coverage man out of bounds. Jarrett Stidham and friends will start at their 10.

LSU 7, Auburn 0

LSU’s moving, but a contorting catch by Justin Jefferson along the left sideline is under review. If it holds up, LSU will get 31 yards and be at the Auburn 40.

And, update: Yep, that’s a catch. Things are good for LSU.

LSU 7, Auburn 0

Auburn punted, and LSU will start at its 31 with a touchdown lead.

LSU 7, Auburn 0

Grant Delpit is such a playmaker. The sophomore LSU strong safety, who picked off Jarrett Stidham on Auburn’s first drive, just knocked a ball loose from Auburn’s Ryan Davis with a heavy hit. Officials called it an incomplete pass, which looked generous for Auburn.

This was Delpit’s pick on the second offensive play of the game:

And this was the Clyde Edwards-Helaire touchdown that followed it:

LSU 7, Auburn 0

That’s a great start for LSU. Grant Delpit intercepted Jarrett Stidham on the second snap of the game ...

... and the LSU offense went 34 yards in nine plays to open the scoring. Clyde Edwards-Helaire plunged in from a yard out to cap the short drive, after Nick Brosette took three carries earlier. Joe Burrow was 3-of-4 for 27 yards on the mini-series.

LSU 0, Auburn 0

LSU’s Avery Atkins started the game with a touchback. They’re underway.

Game preview by Christian D’Andrea

Last year’s showdown between Auburn and Louisiana State pushed LSU head coach Ed Orgeron off the hot seat and back to the Tigers’ sideline for 2018. Another win, this time in Alabama, could be his biggest with with the program yet.

LSU rallied back from a 20-0 deficit to stun Auburn last season, granting Orgeron a full reprieve after losing to Group of 5 foe Troy just weeks earlier. The Tigers won’t have similar stakes Saturday; they’re 6-2 since that comeback win, with their only defeats in that stretch coming against playoff contenders Alabama and Notre Dame.

Each team is looking for a second signature win after besting top-10 foes to start the season. LSU got its win by dispatching an overmatched then-No. 8 Miami team in a 33-17 rout. Auburn had a little more trouble with then-No. 6 Washington in a 21-16 win. Whoever walks off the field victorious Saturday will have the inside track toward a College Football Playoff bid — though anything can happen in the shark-infested waters of the SEC.

Time, TV channel, and streaming info

  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • TV: CBS
  • Streaming: SEC Live, fuboTV
  • Odds: Auburn is favored by 9.5 points.

LSU vs. Auburn news:

This isn’t a rivalry build on mutual respect, it is a rivalry built on the cold-blooded calculus of winning the conference. Auburn is nothing but one of the biggest traffic cones blocking the highway to Atlanta. Bama returning to prominence is certainly obnoxious, but it also robbed the LSU-Auburn rivalry of a certain pizzazz. I mean, we still hate the False Tigers on general principle, but they are no longer the biggest bully on the block.

Once again, Auburn is the little brother. Hey, they won the SEC last year. Know who cares? Nobody. Hell, not even Auburn fans care. Bama still made the playoffs and won the national title and Georgia enacted brutal revenge in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn then couldn’t even perform the simple task of shutting UCF up about their national title claims. You can’t count on Auburn for anything.

Can Jarrett Stidham emerge as a true Heisman contender?

Stidham has been rock solid for Auburn since transferring from Baylor, propping up a passing offense that hasn’t always been a strong point on the plains. The quarterback shined in his first season with the team in 2017, throwing for more than 3,100 yards with an 18:6 touchdown:interception ratio. The last Tiger QB to do that? Dameyune Craig in 1997.

But the junior has his warts, and Clemson proved last fall he can be erased from the stat sheet with a dominant pass rush. That’s good news for LSU, who has produced nine sacks through two games this fall — the second-most team sacks in the FBS this fall. If Stidham can overcome the Tigers’ pressure and put together another strong game against a ranked opponent, he’ll continue his climb up the 2018 Heisman Trophy power rankings.

LSU vs. Auburn prediction:

S&P+ ratings like LSU (12th) more than Auburn (18th), though both teams were dinged for playing lesser opponents after affirming Week 1 wins. The preseason projections see this as an 11-point win for the home team.