LSU dismantles Auburn for 45-21 victory behind 3-TD performance by Leonard Fournette

LSU rode Leonard Fournette once again to move to 2-0 in SEC play

No. 13 LSU ran over, around and through No. 18 Auburn in a dominant, 45-21 victory Saturday in Tiger Stadium. 

LSU racked up 411 yards of total rushing, with five of their six touchdowns on the ground. Leonard Fournette had another career night with 228 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Brandon Harris only threw for 74 but he did chip in with a pair of short touchdown runs. 

The LSU defense held an Auburn offense quiet a year after they dismantled them. Auburn produced 260 yards of total offense — most coming in the second half — and they also turned the ball over twice.

LSU jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, built it up to 24-0 by halftime and never led by fewer than three scores.

Fournette came out hot from the start. He took the first play of the game 71 yards inside the Auburn 5-yard line. Harris kept the option three plays later for a 2-yard touchdown, his first of any kind this season.

LSU forced an Auburn punt the next possession and bumped its lead to 14 after that.

LSU marched down the field with a 13-play, 78-yard touchdown drive. Harris picked up a third down with a 27-yard run on that possession, then capped it off with his first touchdown pass of the season, a one-yarder to tight end Colin Jeter.

That marked the first time since 2013 that LSU had back-to-back SEC games with 14 first quarter points. 

Fournette put the final exclamation point on a dominant first half with a 40-yard touchdown run, his second of the game. He barreled over Auburn safety Blake Countess on his way to the end zone, making it 24-0 before halftime.

That score gave Fournette a new career-high rushing total through only two quarters.

Meanwhile, the LSU defense stifled Auburn. The visiting Tigers didn’t score and managed just 70 yards of offense in the first half. Jamal Adams also picked off Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson early in the second quarter. He nearly had another shortly before halftime that likely would’ve gone for a touchdown.

It was the first time since Auburn was last in Tiger Stadium that LSU held an SEC opponent scoreless through the first half.

Auburn didn’t cross midfield until a 65-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Johnson on the first series of the second half.

Fournette continued his brilliance with more dominance after halftime. He racked up 29 yards rushing on two attempts in LSU’s first offensive possession of the third quarter. After Derrius Guice spelled him for a couple plays, LSU went back to Fournette and he rewarded them with a 29-yard touchdown run, literally tossing Auburn defenders over his shoulders on his way to the end zone.

Fournette reached pay dirt once more before calling it a day. Two plays after Frank Herron forced and recovered a fumble inside the Auburn-10, Fournette leapt in from one-yard out for his third score of the game.

It was the first time in 14 years an LSU running back had consecutive games with at least three touchdowns.

Auburn didn’t score until the second half. Jeremy Johnson busted off that long touchdown run early in the third quarter. Johnson connected with Melvin Ray for a 9-yard touchdown pass late in the third, and Johnson added another score through the air with a 10-yarder to D’haquille Williams.

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