LSU takes classic 20-17

In another LSU-Auburn classic, LSU placekicker Chris Jackson hit a 30-yard field goal in overtime before Auburn's John Vaughn missed for the fifth time in the game -- from 39 yards -- to give LSU the 20-17 win in front of a record 92,664 on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

AP Release:

BATON ROUGE -- This season, there was no reprieve for Auburn's John Vaughn. Vaughn's 39-yard field goal attempt in overtime hit the left upright, giving No. 7 LSU a 20-17 win over No. 16 Auburn on Saturday night.

Last year, Auburn beat LSU 10-9 on Courtney Taylor's touchdown with 1:14 remaining. Vaughn initially missed the extra point, but a penalty gave him a second chance. In this season's rematch, he missed five field goals, including a 49-yarder in the final seconds of regulation that would have won it.

Auburn (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) had won 13 straight against SEC opponents, one short of a school record.

LSU (5-1, 4-1) trailed 17-14 late in the fourth quarter before Chris Jackson's 44-yard kick tied it with 1:40 remaining.

LSU had the ball first in overtime, but had to settle for Jackson's 30-yard field goal after Early Doucet dropped a pass in the end zone. The LSU defense then held, setting up Vaughn's last miss.

Auburn's Kenny Irons rushed for a career-high 218 yards, the most allowed by LSU since Alabama's Shaun Alexander had 291 in 1996. Irons' 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave Auburn a 10-7 lead, but LSU answered with JaMarcus Russell's 18-yard scoring pass to Dwayne Bowe.

Auburn went back ahead with 4:52 to play in the fourth. Brandon Cox capped a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 5-yard scoring pass to Anthony Mix on fourth down.

Joseph Addai rushed for 105 yards for LSU.

Auburn's last SEC loss was at Georgia on Nov. 15, 2003.

LSU Game Notes

Team Notes

1. LSU's game captains are 31 Jessie Daniels, 41 Chris Jackson and 44 Kevin Steltz.

2. LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half. Auburn received the opening kickoff.

3. Tigers extending their consecutive starts' streak today were: OT Andrew Whitworth (45), FS LaRon Landry (26) and DT Kyle Williams (26), LB Cameron Vaughn (18) and SS Jessie Daniels (18).

4. LSU extended its sack streak to 43 straight games with a sack on Auburn QB Brandon Cox by DT Claude Wroten early in the second quarter.

5. Skyler Green's punt return for a touchdown was the seventh different way of scoring a touchdown this season. LSU has scored on a pass play, a run, an interception return, a fumble return, a blocked field goal return and a blocked punt return.

6. Tonight's attendance of 92,664 is the largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history.

7. With the score tied at 17 at the end of regulation, it marked the fifth overtime in Tiger Stadium history and the second of the season. Tennessee defeated LSU, 30-27, in overtime on Sept. 26.

8. Auburn won the toss in overtime and deferred to the second possession.

9. LSU improved to 4-2 in overtime in its history. LSU had previously owned wins in overtime against Tennessee (Sept. 30, 2000), Mississippi State (Oct. 21, 2000) and Oregon State (Sept. 4, 2004).

10. LSU earned its third win over a ranked opponent this season. The Tigers' other ranked wins came against No. 15 Arizona State (Sept. 10) and No. 11/13 Florida (Oct. 15).

a. The three wins over ranked opponents are the most by an LSU team at this point in the season since 1987. In 1987, LSU won over No. 10 Texas A&M (Sept. 3), No. 19 Florida (Oct. 3) and No. 16 Georgia (Oct. 10).

11. LSU extended its win streak over Auburn in Tiger Stadium to three games. The Tigers haven't lost to Auburn at home since 1999.

12. LSU improved to 4-1 in the SEC for the third time in the past four seasons.

Individual Notes

13. OT Andrew Whitworth started his 45th straight game, moving the senior into fourth-place on LSU's all-time starts list. The career record is held by Jerel Myers and Rodney Reed with 48 starts.

14. WR/RS Skyler Green returned the first punt of the game 66 yards for a touchdown with 5:20 left in the first half. The return for a touchdown was Green's fourth of his career and the first this season. The four punt returns for touchdowns is a school record.

a. With Green's 66-yard return in the first quarter, the senior move into second-place on LSU's career punt return yards list. He past Eddie Kennison (947 yards). Green finished the game with 973 career punt return yards and is 153 yards away from tying the school record of 1,126 set by Domanick Davis (1999-2002).

15. With Joseph Addai's 4-yard reception late in the first quarter, the senior has now collected at least one reception in 14 straight games. a. Addai also went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the fifth time in his career and the fourth time this season. Addai finished the game with 105 yards on 24 carrries.

16. With a tackle in the first quarter DT Kyle Williams and FS LaRon Landry extended their tackles in consecutive games streak. They each have now made a tackle in 32 straight games.

17. WR Craig Davis pulled in a pass midway into the second quarter to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 16 (games in which he has played).

a. Davis' 68 receiving yards is a season-high, tying his 68 yards against Tennessee.

18. WR Dwayne Bowe pulled down his fifth touchdown of the season and the 10th of his career on an 18-yard reception with 4:35 left in the third quarter. Bowe has now caught at least one touchdown in four straight games.

19. QB JaMarcus Russell tossed his eighth touchdown of the season and 17th of his career on an 18-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe late in the third quarter.

Auburn Game Notes

Auburn team captains are WR Ben Obomanu, FS Will Herring and H Matthew Motley.

LSU won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Auburn elected to receive. LSU chose to defend the north end zone. Kickoff was at 6:47 p.m. CT.

Game attendance was announced as 92,664 – a Tiger Stadium record.

Auburn Team Notes

Auburn is now 18-21-1 all-time vs. LSU and 5-12-1 vs. the Tigers in Baton Rouge. The home team has won the last six meetings in the series. Auburn's streak of 12 consecutive SEC victories came to a close with the 17-20 overtime loss at LSU.

Auburn is now 32-12 against SEC foes since the 2000 season.

Auburn failed to score on its opening possession. The Tigers have scored three times on the opening drive this season (two touchdowns, one field goal).

Skyler Green's 66-yard punt return for a touchdown was the first punt returned for a touchdown vs. Auburn since James Riddle of Syracuse went 85 yards in 2002. LSU's punt return for a score marked the third time this season that Auburn did not score first (Georgia Tech, Arkansas). Auburn is 1-2 when the opponent scores first.

Auburn trailed at the half, 7-3. It marked just the third time this season that Auburn has trailed at the half (Georgia Tech, Arkansas). The Tigers are 1-2 in those games.

The Auburn defense held LSU to 111 total yards and no offensive touchdowns in the first half. LSU entered the game averaging 386.4 yards and 30.8 points per game.

LSU's third-quarter touchdown was the first touchdown allowed by Auburn in the third quarter this season. Auburn entered the game with a 51-3 advantage in points scored during the third quarter.

Auburn trailed 14-10 entering the fourth quarter. It was just the second time this season that Auburn trailed after three quarters (Georgia Tech).

Auburn is now 3-4 in overtime games. The Tigers' last overtime game was a 23-30 loss at Florida on Oct. 19, 2002.

Auburn Individual Notes

OT Troy Reddick made his 33rd consecutive start, while FS Will Herring (31), TE Cooper Wallace (26), NG T.J. Jackson (20) and OG Ben Grubbs (20) also extended starting streaks of at least 20 games.

RB Kenny Irons' 218 yards rushing vs. LSU ranks 14th in Auburn's single game rushing list. Irons is just the 14th player in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a single game. The last Tiger to rush for 200+ yards in a game was Carnell Williams with 204 vs. Alabama on Nov. 22, 2003.

Irons now has four 100+ yard games this season including vs. Ball State (147), Western Kentucky (111) and at Arkansas (182) in addition to his 218-yard performance at LSU.

Irons' 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was a career-long rush for Irons and the longest play from scrimmage for Auburn this season. The previous long was a 70-yard run by Brad Lester vs. Ball State.

Irons' 74-yard burst is tied for the 24th-longest rush in Auburn history and the longest since Carnell Williams went 80 yards on the first play of the 2003 game vs. Alabama. In the first five games this season, WR Devin Aromashodu had eight catches for 129 yards and two scores. In the last two games, he has nine receptions for 153 yards and a score. (3-55) P Kody Bliss had a 63-yard punt late in the second quarter that went out-of-bounds at the LSU 4-yardline. It was a season and career long punt for Bliss, whose previous career long was a 62-yard boot in 2003 vs. Louisiana-Monroe. WR Anthony Mix's 26-yard reception in the first drive was his second-longest pass reception of the season. Mix had a 27-yard grab vs. South Carolina. It was his third play of 20+ yards this season.

K John Vaughn made 1-of-6 field goals, making a 26-yarder in the second quarter but missing from 41, 54, 37, 49 and 39. Vaughn is now 8-of-15 this season on field goal attempts, and 0-of-5 from 40 yards or more.

Vaughn's 26-yard field goal was his 26th of his career, moving him into a tie for ninth on Auburn's all-time field goals made list with Matt Hawkins (1994-95).

WR Devin Aromashodu's 31-yard reception in the second quarter was his second-longest reception of the season, and his longest since a 39-yard touchdown grab in the season opener vs. Georgia Tech. He now has a team-high four catches of 20+ yards.

FB Jake Slaughter's 19-yard reception in the third quarter was his first reception since 2003 and the fourth of his career. Courtney Taylor's 36-yard catch in the fourth quarter was his 89th career catch, placing him in 11th on the Auburn all-time list, and pushed his career receiving total to 1290, which ranks 11th.

Anthony Mix's 5-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter is his second of the season and the seventh of his career.

Quotes

LSU head coach Les Miles

Opening Statement...

"We started off with a Skyler Green punt return for a touchdown that gave us the early lead. We played well on defense and played well enough on offense to win. We didn't have any turnovers and were not penalized severely. We improved and played well enough to win on special teams. It was a team victory. Offense, defense and special teams all contributed to this victory. It's what we needed. We beat a good team, maybe the best of all teams that we've faced. I like our position in the conference and I like where we're at. We just need to improve. Certainly we'd like to make a couple of those field goals and not dropped a ball or to and not make this such a nail-biter. But we found a way to win, and that's the story."

On Kenny Irons' rushing...

"Irons is a good back, and that offensive line is a very physical group. They played extremely well."

On if he thinks Bowe's dropped ball or the second missed field goal would have put the game away...

"Putting it away is all speculation. To see how they would have responded, who knows? I can tell you this, if we get the touchdown there, I don't think they'll score that many points against our defense. They key is that no matter to what extent we played close to our opponent, we still found a way to win in this game. I was glad to see Chris Jackson come in there and kick it to win it. I was glad to see our defense step up and stop them. I thought Joseph Addai rushed the ball extremely hard. JaMarcus Russell is playing with a little bit of a dinged arm, and he played well. He fought with courage in him."

LSU Defensive Player Quotes

LB Cameron Vaughn

On a good old fashioned SEC football game...

"Oh it was definitely a hard core game, finally a team that was going to run the ball and they were not going to give up on it like a lot of other teams did. They tried and we came to play."

On playing a team like Auburn...

"Definitely. There's always so m uch emotion in an LSU-Auburn game and that is the kind of high intensity game you want to play in college."

On overtime...

"Overtime always makes you nervous, but I definitely felt confidence in our offense and really felt confidence in our defense so I knew we would get the job done."

DE Chase Pittman

On a good old fashioned SEC football game... "It came down to the wire and that's they way we like it, well, that's not the way we like it but when it comes down to the wire that's the way we like it to end up, and we just fought hard and kept playing hard."

On overtime bringing on nerves...

"It does, but I had all the confidence that we were going to come out on top. I knew our offense was either going to kick a field goal or score. I thought we were going to score , but defense came out and responded and did the job."

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville

Opening Statement

"We played a good football game, we just came out a little bit short. Our defense played hard, we just didn't do anything with our kicking game. It let us down at times, that's my fault. We must not have worked enough on it, but we will work on it."

On offensive performance...

"We hung in there. That is the best defense we have played and we moved the ball. We had opportunities, we just didn't take advantage. But they are a good team. We fought the crowd noise, I thought that our guys hung in there mentally, and that's what its all about on the road. We just came up a little short."

On kicking game...

"You got to be able to get it through there at times, but that is football. You have got to execute and tonight the kicking game wasn't there for us. They ran that punt back, we made a mistake but that's part of it."

On running game...

"We did pretty good, I thought that we ran the ball well at times. I mean, they are a good defense, and we had four-hundred and fifty yards total on offense, normally you win when you do that. We bogged down, we tried field goals at times, and we just didn't make them."

Auburn PK John Vaughn

On the wind factor...

"As a kicker you have to kick in the wind. They had to kick in the wind, too. I just got to work harder."

On his field goals tonight...

"The last kick in the game, I was just trying to hit it and get it there. I didn't make one that long in warm ups, so I just had to hit it hard and hope I got lucky. The one in overtime I just yanked it a little bit and it came out a little bit left."

On unfortunate misses tonight...

"About three of the kicks tonight, when I hit them I thought they were good. I got a little unlucky and they went right or left. The last one tonight, I thought I hit it pretty good and when I looked up I knew I was probably going to need a little bit of luck right here."

Auburn Offensive Player Quotes

QB Brandon Cox

On the atmosphere in tiger stadium...

"Loud crowd, we couldn't hear out there. We played a good game but we just couldn't come out on top."

On the defensive pressure by LSU...

"They came out and blitzed almost every play. We moved the ball great, offensively we had a lot of yards we just stalled whenever we got near the goal line. We just couldn't punch it in."

RB Kenny Irons

On his frustration...

"The crowd noise affected us. We fought, everybody fought. It's just hard we tried to put it in but they have a great defense."

On the mistakes...

"We can't blame it on one person. Everybody made mistakes. We just have to keep our heads up and get ready for next week."

On his performance...

"Offensive line did a great job. Running behind those guys is easy. I am already in the secondary because they block so well."

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