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Tiger Blitz Gameday Central: LSU vs. Auburn

Tiger Blitz has you covered with Gameday Central ahead of LSU's road matchup against Auburn tonight at 5 pm CT.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 5 pm CT
WHERE: Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, Ala.)
TV/RADIO: ESPN/Tiger Sports Radio Networks
SERIES: LSU leads 28-21-1 (8-3 under Les Miles)
LAST MEETING: LSU beat Auburn 41-25


First quarter blog/analysis- LSU 7, Auburn 3

  • A Leonard Fournette run for a first down was wiped out by an Ethan Pocic holding. Will Clapp made a nice angle block to create a hole.
  • Travonte Valentine came in at NT for LSU on its second defensive possession. Arden Key blew by an RB in pass pro for a sack.
  • Tough start for Ethan Pocic. Got beat on Montravious Adams' tackle for loss of 5 yards on Fournette.
  • Donte Jackson made a nice read from his safety spot to break up a curl route on third-and-nine, the play before Auburn's 51-yard field goal.
  • Poor gap integrity from Auburn on Derrius Guice's 53-yard run, but LSU's line created a huge hole.
  • Good improvisation from Danny Etling on the 3-yard touchdown to Foster Moreau. Didn't get flustered under pressure.
  • Pretty good discipline from LSU's defense on Auburn's zone-reads run-pass options late in the quarter.
  • Rickey Jefferson has to be quicker to pick up Tony Stevens on the seam route for a first down. He hesitated. That's his responsibility.

Second quarter blog/analysis- Auburn 9, LSU 7

  • Auburn started the quarter with some power runs to get inside the red zone. Offensive lineman got to the second level very easily. 
  • On Key and Davon Godchaux's sack on third-and-goal, Key got a free release because Auburn rolled Sean White out opposite him. He caught up anyway.
  • Clapp again (with Josh Boutte) got out on the edge quickly to block on Fournette's 35-yard run.
  • Brandon Harris came into the game when Etling left after taking a hit to the head (later called targeting) on a run. He returned after one play.
  • Colby Delahoussaye missed a 51-yard field goal. The play before, Carl Lawson came around on a stunt and sacked Etling for a loss of 10. Good play and display of strength by Lawson, but coverage downfield and holding onto the ball contributed too. Slower-developing sack.
  • A shot for D.J. Chark was just out of his reach. If caught, would have been a likely touchdown.
  • Two LSU defenders froze and didn't pick up Kerryon Johnson on a wheel route that resulted in a 37-yard catch and run.
  • Strange protection call from Auburn and third-and-goal from the 1-yard line not blocking Kendall Beckwith. Easy play to shoot through unblocked and tackle Johnson for a loss.
  • LSU forced a stop on fourth-and-goal by stuffing Johnson out of the wildcat. Beckwith in on the play again. Very bend-but-don't break defense. 
  • There's no reason Fournette should have only 7 carries at halftime.

Third Quarter blog/analysis- LSU 13, Auburn 12

  • LSU facing a lot of pressure from Auburn, especially up the middle. Pass protection struggling.
  • Arden Key was called for roughing the passer but not ejected for targeting upon further review. He hit White late and higher, but didn't lead with the helmet and didn't leave his feet.
  • On that same drive, Auburn left two touchdowns on the field. White overthrew a wide open Stevens after he beat Donte Jackson, and Stevens dropped an easy touchdown later. Auburn had to kick a field goal.
  • Clapp got to the edge quickly to give Fournette space to pick up the first down on LSU's field goal drive.
  • Colin Jeter gained 32 yards on a deep crossing route to put LSU inside Auburn's 30.
  • On the play before the field goal, LSU lined up with five wide receivers and couldn't get anyone open. Elting scrambled for no gain.
  • Ethan Pocic moved over to left tackle and Andy Dodd saw time at center.

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