Ziemba and O-Line Play Crucial Against LSU

No. 18 Auburn (5-2, 3-1) faces No. 5 LSU (6-1, 3-1) on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Lee Ziemba and the young Auburn offensive line will have its hands full with tackles Glenn Dorsey, Al Woods and ends Kirston Pittman, Marlon Favorite and Rahim Alem.

Auburn, Ala.--It's been all about making week-to-week improvements for the Auburn offense this season, and one area that has been largely responsible for the team's betterment and four-game win streak has been the run game.

On Saturday against Arkansas when the passing game wasn't particularly sharp and the game plan was to chew up clock, the Tigers rushed for 189 yards. That number has also been what Al Borges' offense has averaged over the last four games.

"We wanted to run and that's Auburn football," says right tackle Lee Ziemba. "That's the way we've played in the past and the way we need to continue to play. That's the way we go into every game--just wanting to blow people off the ball.

"We still have to continue to worry about that," Ziemba adds, as Auburn prepares for a visit to LSU.

The Auburn offense wasn't "a rolling ball of butcher knives," as Tommy Tuberville would call it, going 60 minutes without a touchdown. However, a win is a win and the Tigers are in a tie for first in the West at 3-1. And for Ziemba, it was a chance to play in his home state in a stadium where he had watched many games growing up.

"It was just weird coming back and showing my new friends, Chaz (Ramsey) and Ryan (Pugh) and all of the guys on the team, just showing them my home and telling them about some things. I was glad to be back, but now it's time to get to work.

"We weren't perfect at all," Ziemba notes. "We made a lot of mistakes, but the way the team fought was important especially going into next week. We've got to keep it rolling and correct the mistakes.

Auburn struggled to run the ball early in the season, but has made strides in that department nearly every week. On Saturday against LSU, Ziemba and the offensive line will face a defensive unit that relies on controlling the line of scrimmage.

The LSU Tigers lead the league in sacks with 20, while Auburn has given up 16 already, which is ninth in the league. LSU also leads the SEC in rush defense, allowing just 68 yards per game.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.


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