No Doubt to Thompson That Win Is Big

Auburn defensive lineman Josh Thompson was one of the key players in his team's victory over LSU.

Auburn, Ala.--Josh Thompson says there is no doubt in his mind how big Auburn's 7-3 victory over LSU is to his football team.

He also notes there is no doubt he and his teammates gave a maximum effort performance from the start to finish in the Southeastern Conference showdown vs. the Bayou Bengals.

"The win was so sweet I couldn't even talk after the game," the junior noseguard says. "I came in the locker room and laid down on the floor."

Thompson led the Auburn defensive line in tackles with five, which tied him for second on the team in tackles on Saturday, one behind senior linebacker Will Herring.

"We played hard, we worked hard for it and I think we deserved it," he says of the win that improves Auburn to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC, which effectively gives the Tigers a two-game edge in the race to go to the SEC Championship vs. LSU, which looks to be the best team Auburn will face in the SEC West Division.

Josh Thompson makes the Tiger Walk into Jordan-Hare Stadium before the win over LSU.

"We talked about it earlier in the week that we had to stop the run," Thompson says. "We knew if they couldn't run, they couldn't score much. We came out there and shut down the run every time they tried to do it.

"I think we held them to 42 yards and that was a key to the victory," the noseguard adds. "We figure if they have to go to the air they are going to mess up some."

Thompson is right on target on the number of yards allowed. LSU rushed the ball 23 times for 42 yards, an average of 1.8 per running play. Fourteen of those yards came on scramble and fumble plays by quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

LSU running backs Justin Vincent, Alley Broussard and Jacob Hester combined for 28 yards on 19 carries.


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