A key man up front in making that happen is senior guard Byron Isom. He's one of four senior starters who include tackle Lee Ziemba, center Ryan Pugh and Isom's running mate at guard, Mike Berry. Junior right tackle Brandon Mosley completes the starting group.
Isom, 6-3, 302 out of Lovejoy High in Jonesboro, Ga., had plenty to smile about after the Tigers' 24-17 win over the Bayou Bengals in a battle of the unbeatens.
"We stepped up to the challenge after hearing so much about LSU's run defense," Isom says. "We feel really great about what we did because LSU has a great defense, a tough defense."
The offensive line under Coach Jeff Grimes has been relentless after being challenged earlier in the season to be more physical. Since that time, the Tigers have reeled off four straight games in excess of 300 yards rushing against SEC opponents, easily a school record.
"For us to go out there and put up that kind of number is a great accomplishment for us," Isom said. "It really showed how hard we work on a day-to-day basis. We pride ourselves on rushing yards and it showed today," Isom points out.
Veteran is almost an understatement for Auburn's seniors. Ziemba is nearing the school record for consecutive starts with 46 after Saturday. Pugh has started 41 in a row, Berry 29 and Isom 26.
Isom admits he hasn't seen anything quite like Cameron Newton, who set a school and SEC record for season yards rushing by a quarterback Saturday. Newton's season total is 1,077 yards in seven games.
"That is big right there (Newton's record)," Isom says. "We don't really look at stats because there aren't stats for an offensive line. But when rushing totals show up for the backs, it's all the recognition we need."
In other news and notes from Auburn's 24-17 victory over LSU:
*With all the attention on Auburn's offensive output of 526 total yards and 440 on the ground against LSU, placekicker Wes Byrum quietly became the leading scorer in Auburn history. Bryum's 42-yard field goal in the second quarter moved the senior past John Vaughn who has 314 points as a placekicker from 2003-06.
*Cam Newton's 217 yards rushing against LSU is his high mark in eight games as a Tiger and the 15th highest total in Auburn history for rushing yardage in a game. Newton's season total of 1,077 yards rushing is both an Auburn and SEC record for rushing in a season by a quarterback. Both marks were held by All-American Jimmy Sidle who rushed for 1,007 yards in 1963.
*Newton has rushed for 170 yards or more in five games, which sets a single-season Auburn record. It breaks a tie with Bo Jackson who had four 170-yard-rushing games in 1985 when he won the Heisman Trophy.
*Newton broke another school one season record previously held by a Heisman Trophy winner with 27 touchdowns--14 rushing and 13 passing. Quarterback Pat Sullivan had 26 touchdowns rushing and passing in 1970, a year before he won the Heisman Trophy.
*Another record in jeopardy is rushing touchdowns in a season. Newton's 14 touchdowns are only three behind the school mark held by Jackson and Carnell Williams.
*Nick Fairley picked up 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss against LSU. That gives him at least one tackle for a loss in each of Auburn's eight games and 7.5 sacks.