LSU 35, Auburn 21: News, Notes & Quotes

Auburn suffered its first loss of the 2013 season to the LSU Tigers.

Baton Rouge, La.--Louisiana native Greg Robinson really wanted to win in his first start at LSU. The big left offensive tackle did his part with a strong performance on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough as LSU defeated his Auburn Tigers 35-21.

Robinson helped pave the way for Tre Mason to rush for 132 yards and two touchdowns and for Cameron Artis-Payne to rush for 41 more and a touchdown on seven carries.

However, the visiting Tigers dug themselves into a first half hole they couldn't escape from even though they gave it the old college try.

"We did some good things in the second half," Robinson said. "We just have to let it carry over to this bye week we have and fix all of our mistakes and try our best to get ready for Ole Miss."

After trailing 21-0 at halftime, Auburn outscored LSU 21-14 the rest of the way and had opportunities to score even more points.

Asked what the difference was from half to half, Robinson said, "I think a lot of guys got their confidence after the rain stopped and realized we were still in it, but we can't afford to let the first half go like it did."

Robinson really wanted to do well on a night when he had a lot of friends and family watching at LSU's Tiger Stadium. "I had to get about 30 tickets, but my teammates looked out for me," the redshirt sophomore said. "That was a good thing."

In other news and notes:

*Sophomore Sammie Coates caught four passes for 139 yards, his collegiate high and first 100-yard game as a Tiger.

*With Chris Davis back home healing from an ankle injury, Dee Ford served as the defensive captain on a night he made his first start of the year since coming back from a knee injury. Reese Dismukes served as the offensive captain for the fourth straight week.

*Ford started in place of Craig Sanders, who did not make the trip due to an ankle sprain.

*LSU has now won 29 consecutive games in the month of September.

*Ryan White recovered the only LSU fumble. It was the first of his Auburn career for the senior cornerback. Another senior, safety Ryan Smith, was credited with causing the fumble, which was also the first of Smith's AU career.

*Freshman wide receiver Tony Stevens made his first and second catches as a Tiger and finished the game with 21 yards.

*Jeremy Hill's 54-yard run in the second quarter was the longest play the Tigers have allowed this year. Hill's 184 yards were a personal-high and the most for an LSU back since Alley Broussard gained 250 vs. Ole Miss in 2004.

*Mason had his fourth career 100-yard rushing game, but the first vs. an SEC defense. He moved into 26th place on Auburn's career rushing list with 1,501 yards passing Mitzi Jackson, Monk Gafford, Cam Newton and Tommy Lorino.

*Sophomore wide receiver Ricardo Louis had a career-best five receptions for 24 yards

*Jermaine Whitehead's interception gives the Tigers four for the year, doubling the team's 2012 total. It was the second of his career.

*Cassanova McKinzy and Robenson Therezie tied for the team lead with eight tackles while Ryan Smith and Kris Frost were in on six apiece. McKenzie was credited with 1.5 sacks.


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