Auburn at LSU Football: News, Notes, Quotes

Comments from Eltoro Freeman are featured along with news and notes about Auburn's loss at LSU.

Baton Rouge, La.--Auburn linebacker Eltoro Freeman said the Auburn defense was its own worst enemy on Saturday in his team's 45-10 SEC football loss to LSU.

Auburn hung with the nation's number one team for most of the first half, but LSU hit two long passes just before intermission after the Auburn defense helped the home teams with penalties.

"What turned around was that we gave the extra plays, a couple of big plays and we committed penalties that hurt us," Freeman said. "When we should have been going three-and-out, we made a penalty that kept their offense on the field and gave them another chance. Usually, when we made those penalties on third down, they ended up scoring.

Making his second start of the season, the senior linebacker was Auburn's third leading tackler. He had eight total stops with two solos. Neiko Thorpe led the Tigers with 14 total stops and Daren Bates added nine.

Freeman said that he believes his team can bounce back and be ready to play better next week vs. Ole Miss. "We are going to go right back to work and we are going to work hard," he said. "This doesn't sit right with any of us."

Freeman said as one of the few seniors on the team that he is going to do what he can to help his team get over the loss.

In other news and notes:

*The second largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history, 93,098 fans, watched LSU improve its record to 25-20-1 all-time vs. Auburn.

*LSU's 45 points are the most the Bayou Bengals have ever scored vs. Auburn, topping the 35 scored in 1972.

*LSU's margin of victory, 35 points, is the largest in the history of the series, topping the margin set in 1999 when Auburn won 41-7. That 1999 game was Auburn's last victory over LSU in Baton Rouge.

*Auburn's first quarter field goal produced the first points allowed by LSU in the opening quarter since its Sept. 15th victory at Mississippi State.

*LSU has won all eight of its games by more than 10 points with an average margin of victory 27.8 points. The Bayou Bengals have won nine in a row by more than 10 points, breaking the old record set in 1936.

*LSU improved to 8-0 for just the fourth time ever.

*Auburn redshirt freshman Trovon Reed returned from his shoulder injury and caught a pass for 25 yards, which is the longest of the season for the Louisiana native.

*Junior Onterio McCalebb led Auburn in receiving with 38 yards, which moves him into 10th place in school history for receiving yardage by running backs. McCalebb scored his team's only touchdown, the 15th of his career.

*The Auburn offense gave up a season-high six sacks.

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