Late in the fourth quarter,
Russell threw a strike for 37 yards
to Early Doucet that gave LSU new life. Three plays later, LSU was forced into a
fourth-and-8 situation after the three rushes went for two yards. Russell's pass
to Early Doucet inside the 5-yard line was battled away, as was the pass
interference penalty on
A long pass down the left sideline
to Craig Davis fell incomplete, but two of the same variety for 20 and 21 to
Russell, who had orchestrated six fourth-quarter comebacks in 18 career starts, then stepped up in the pocket to hit Bowe for a 21-yard gain to the 19-yard line with only 14.2 seconds left in the game.
A penalty pushed LSU to the 24-yard
line with one play left and 2.5 seconds. Russell's pass to
The loss was LSU's first on the road since Oct. 2, 2004, at No. 3 Georgia (45-16).
Russell finished 20-of-35 passing
for 267 yards without being intercepted. Again, he and the Tigers weren't able
to get into the end zone against
Though neither team managed 100 yards rushing, it was LSU's inability to establish the run throughout the game that may have been the difference maker. LSU rushed 23 times for 42 net yards.
LSU's lone score of the game came on the last play of the first half when place kicker Colt David hit a career-best 42-yard field goal to give the LSU Tigers a 3-0 lead at the half.
In the defensive struggle that was the first half, the offenses managed just 153 of total offense -- LSU 93, Auburn 60.
The difference in the half was a John Vaughn missed 26-yard field goal that hit the left upright and bounced away harmlessly.
LSU led 3-0 at the break.