NCAA Game Summary - LSU at Auburn|
(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (5) Auburn 24, (6) LSU 17
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) - Onterio McCalebb's 70-yard touchdown run with
5:05 remaining in the game turned out to be the difference in fifth-ranked
Auburn's 24-17 win over sixth-ranked LSU in an SEC showdown at Jordan-Hare
Cam Newton ran for a career-high 217 yards on 28 carries to become the SEC's
single-season rushing leader for quarterbacks, as Auburn (8-0, 5-0 SEC) rolled
up 440 yards on the ground to start 8-0 for the first time since 2004.
"I don't want to lose sight of the fact that our offensive line has become a
really good one," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "From left tackle to
right tackle, those guys have played every snap now for eight games. They are
beat up. They are tired. They find a way to continue to press on. Everything
starts with those guys up front."
Newton also rushed for two touchdowns to set the Auburn single-season record
with 27 combined scores running and passing. He also connected on 10-of-16
throws for 86 yards for Auburn, which has won 10 of its last 17 games against
teams ranked in the top-10.
Jordan Jefferson completed 7-of-14 passes for 46 yards and carried 16 times
for 74 yards and a score for LSU (7-1, 4-1), which missed an opportunity to
start 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1973.
The winner of this game has gone to claim the SEC West Division title in six
of the last 10 seasons.
Three plays after an LSU punt, McCalebb took a handoff running left and burst
through a crease at his own 40 yard line and went untouched the remaining 60
yards down the left sideline to snap a 17-17 tie.
On the ensuing possession, LSU called timeout facing a 4th-and-6 at its own
30-yard line. The Tigers had only 10 men on the field when they lined up and
after some confusion, got the ball snapped with the full compliment of 11.
But, quarterback Jarrett Lee was forced to scramble out of the pocket and was
stopped well short of the first down.
Auburn took over and was able to run out the clock after Newton ran for two
first downs, including an 11-yard gallop on 3rd and 6 from the LSU 17.
"We definitely had some opportunities in this game," LSU head coach Les Miles
said. "We missed too many tackles. Any time you miss tackles against a team
like this, they're going to get a lot of yards. I would've liked to have
played better, I would've liked to have taken that final drive for a touchdown
to tie it up. I liked our effort but our team is certainly humbled."
LSU moved methodically to the Auburn 37 on 12 plays on its first touch before
Jefferson's pass off the hands of a leaping Rueben Randle was intercepted at
the 13 by Zac Etheridge, who brought it back to his own 46.
From there, the hosts moved quickly down the field on six plays to take the
lead with 5 1/2 minutes to go in the opening quarter.
Michael Dyer ran for 16 yards to the LSU one-yard line before Newton ran over
safety Brandon Taylor at the goal line into the end zone.
LSU responded on its next possession with a nine-play, 40-yard drive that
culminated in a Josh Jasper 48-yard field goal with 1:47 to go in the period.
Auburn bridged the end of the first and the start of the second quarters with
a 10-play drive that Wes Byrum finished with a 42-yard field goal to pass his
predecessor John Vaughn as the Tigers' all-time leading scorer with 313
Byrum missed from 39 yards away with 2:45 remaining before the break and the
visitors were able to take advantage by mounting a 14-play, 78-yard drive that
led to the tying touchdown.
Jefferson kept the drive going with a 16-yard scamper to the Auburn 24 on 3rd-
and-16 before a pass interference call put the visitors at the two with 35
ticks left in the half. Following a run for no gain by Stevan Ridley, LSU
spiked the ball with 19 seconds left to bring up a crucial third down.
Jefferson took a shotgun snap, rolled right, worked free from a potential sack
at the 10 and dashed into the end zone with 15 seconds left to tie the game.
Newton then ran 49 yards for a spectacular TD with just under four minutes
into in the third to put the hosts back on top.
He took a shotgun snap, ran up the middle and then to his right before he shed
a tackle, put his left hand on the ground to keep his balance, sliced back to
his left and burst into another gear only to be caught from behind by Patrick
Peterson, who was dragged the final five yards into the end zone.
"It was just a simple play we were calling all night," Newton said when asked
about the run. "A lot of missed tackles and I just tried to make the most of
it. It's just a play that is in my job description to make."
After managing one first down in the third quarter, LSU tied the game again
with 12:16 left on Spencer Ware's 39-yard halfback option TD pass to Randle,
who scampered in after he outjumped a defender to make the grab at the 10.
Saturday was Auburn's first 400-yard rushing game since October 18, 2003
against Mississippi State...LSU was allowing an average of 84 yards rushing
coming into the game...Newton's 1,077 yards rushing surpassed former Auburn QB
Jimmy Sidle, who ran for 1,006 yards in 1963, atop the single-season rushing
chart. He is also the only player in school history to run for 170 yards or
more in four straight conference games...Dyer carried 15 times for 100 yards
while McCalebb ran for 86 yards on four tries...Darvin Adams was Auburn's
leading receiver with three catches for 33 yards...Lee completed 8-of-14
throws for 43 yards...Ridley had 37 yards on a dozen totes...Randle made six
catches for 73 yards...LSU had allowed only 19 first quarter points in its
last 10 SEC games entering play on Saturday...The home team was won of the
last 11 games in the series...Six of the last seven meetings, and 13 of the
last 23, have been decided by a touchdown or less...This was the third
straight meeting in Auburn in which both teams were ranked in the top 10...LSU
had a 24-20-1 lead in the all-time series...LSU has lost five straight to
teams ranked in the top-10 since beating Auburn in 2008.
10/23 20:55:57 ET