Daniel Carlson (above) had a night to remember.
Auburn, Ala.--While Auburn didn’t score a touchdown in its 18-13 nail-biter win over LSU Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium the Auburn Tigers did pick up 388 yards against a stingy Bayou Bengal defense. However, Auburn got all the offense it needed with a school record-tying six field goals from Daniel Carlson who is 12-for-12 on the season.
Senior offensive right tackle Robert Leff is thankful for Carlson, but was quick to point out the offense needs to produce more touchdowns.
“It’s always frustrating when we can’t get it in the end zone,” Leff admitted. “But we know we have a kicker like Daniel who can make it from 60 yards. It can give you a lot of confidence.”
Leff said he believes the offensive line had its moments in the trenches for the running game and protecting quarterback Sean White who connected on 19-of-26 passes for 234 yards.
“I feel like we (offensive line) played extremely well,” Leff said. “There’s always areas that need improvement, but I came away feeling that we played well. It felt like we were driving really well at times, but we were kicking the three every time.
“It really shows how well the defense performed. How about that? We weren’t able to score a touchdown and we still won the game.
“It’s almost like a reflex now to ‘high five’ Daniel after watching another field goal go through,” Leff added. “It’s really pretty amazing. Sometimes I think he can’t miss. I would be surprised if he missed one inside the 50-yard line. As an offense, we want to score when we get in the red zone and eliminate him having to kick all those field goals.”
As for the strange ending of the when LSU scored what would have been the winning touchdown on what could have been the final play of game. However, after a review it was ruled the snap took place after the clock hit zero and the touchdown didn’t count.
“I think you could see it was a roller-coaster of emotions,” Leff said. “I had many text messages from people saying they just about had a heart attack and were throwing things. Obviously, it was very big win for us and should give us some momentum going forward.”
*Senior defensive back Rudy Ford had seven tackles in the game, giving him 243 for his career. He passed Josh Bynes (240, 2007-10) for eighth all-time at Auburn.
*Junior end Carl Lawson recorded two sacks against LSU. He now has 13.5 for his career.
*Sophomore linebacker Jeff Holland recovered an LSU fumble in the fourth quarter, his first in college. It was the first turnover by an Auburn opponent since the Clemson game.
*Junior Daniel Carlson tied a school record with six field goals in tonight’s game. Al Del Greco kicked six field goals versus Kentucky in 1982 in the only other occurrence. Carlson remained perfect on the season (12-for-12). Carlson’s previous career-high in field goals was 5-for-5 vs. Alabama in 2014.
*With a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter, Carlson is now 7-for-8 in his career on field goals of 50 yards or more.
*Carlson has made 29 of his last 30 field goals, dating back to the 2015 Kentucky game. He now stands at 265 career points scored kicking (271 points total). He is now fifth all-time in career scoring (all methods) and third in points scored kicking, passing Cody Parkey (253, 2010-13) and Damon Duval (266 total; 260 kicking, 1999-2002) on both lists.
*Auburn has not had a punt blocked in 94 straight games, one behind the leader Hawaii (95 games). Last Auburn punt blocked was 2009 versus Mississippi State.