Part 2, News, Notes & Quotes: AU 41, LSU 7

Comments from Kris Frost plus news and notes on Auburn's victory over LSU are featured.

Auburn, Ala.--Linebacker Kris Frost admits he was concerned after he was injured early in Auburn’s win over Louisiana Tech when he suffered a strained meniscus and had to sit out the rest of the contest.

He and fellow starting linebacker Cassanova McKinzy, who left the same game with concussion-like symptoms, were listed day-to-day going into the LSU game Saturday, which Auburn dominated in a 41-7 win.

Coach Gus Malzahn said it would be a game-time decision if either of the two were able to play against the Bayou Bengals.

“I started practicing Wednesday,” Frost said after entering the LSU game on the first defensive series. “I made sure I was in the training room doing what I was supposed to do and that went a long way in getting me ready to play. I freaked out when it first happened, but after that it was all about getting ready for LSU.”

Frost said McKinzy was back at practice the Thursday before the LSU game and he entered the game on the second defensive series. Neither participated in contact work leading up to the LSU game.

McKinzy finished with six tackles and Frost four, including two for losses as Auburn held LSU to the seven points and 0-of-13 on third-down conversions. It was the defense’s most dominating performance of the season.

“We had a positive outlook going into the LSU game,” Frost said. “Going through film work and practice we approached the game with a chip on our shoulder. We knew we weren’t where we wanted to be, but wanted to get better.

“We knew we could beat LSU. We had out doubters, but we have always been fighters. We know we can be a top defense.”

As for his injury, Frost said it doesn’t worry him. “When I am on the field there are so many things I play for--my faith, my family, and my team. I’m not thinking about an injury or about me. I’m really playing to do everything to get the job done,” he explained.

In other news and notes:

*Nick Marshall had the second 200-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game of his career with 207 yards passing and 119 yards rushing. The other time he did it was against Texas A&M in 2013.

*Corey Grant scored the eighth rushing touchdown of his career (and ninth overall) in the fourth quarter. It was his second rushing touchdown of the season.

*Cameron Artis-Payne’s 19-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest of his career. His previous long was 16-yards against Kansas State earlier this season. His 35 yards receiving are a career high. His previous best was 31 yards at Kansas State earlier this season.

*Cameron Artis-Payne had the fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the sixth of his career with126 yards against LSU.

*Sammie Coates caught his first touchdown of the season, a 56-yard reception in the first quarter. It is the 10th receiving touchdown of his career.

*Marshall rushed for 119 yards, giving him a seven 100-yard rushing games, a school record for a quarterback. Cam Newton held the record with six. Marshall’s two rushing touchdowns in the first half give him 16 for his career and four for the season. This is the eighth game of Marshall’s career where he has rushed and thrown for at least one touchdown, and it’s Marshall’s fifth career game with multiple rushing TDs. This was Marshall’s seventh career 200-yard passing game and his seventh career 100-yard rushing game. Marshall has five career games with at least 100 yards rushing and passing.

*With 119 yards rushing, Marshall (1,460) is 13 yards behind 28th-place Newton (1,473). Marshall ranks third among active quarterbacks with 1,460 rushing yards since the start of last season.

*With 126 yards rushing, Artis-Payne (1,204) is 36th all-time in Auburn history, 37 yards behind Fred Beasley (1,241).

*Grant has 921 yards rushing for his career and needs 79 for 1,000. He would become the 42nd player in Auburn history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in his career. Artis-Payne became the 41st against Louisiana Tech.

*Marshall is the first Auburn player to account for four first-half touchdowns (two rush, two pass) since Cam Newton against Chattanooga in 2010.

*Daniel Carlson’s 46-yard field goal in the first quarter to open scoring was a career-long for the redshirt freshman. His previous long was 45 yards in Auburn’s season-opening win over Arkansas.

*Auburn captains were center Reese Dismukes and defensive lineman Gabe Wright for the sixth time this season. Auburn won the toss and elected to defer with LSU receiving.

*Auburn is a perfect 12-0 at Jordan-Hare Stadium since Malzahn took over as head coach for the 2013 season.

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