Turnovers doom LSU at Auburn

An Auburn team playing to stay alive in the West Division of the Southeastern Conference turned in a rejuvenated performance Saturday with a 31-7 upset of No. 10 LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium.<br><br>The visiting Bayou Bengals aided the home team with five turnovers and watched their six-game winning streak come to an end.

"We always talk about turnovers and field position and on a day like today, it became very important," said LSU coach Nick Saban. "We turned the ball over too many times to be successful. 

 

LSU came into the game with the nation's best statistics in total defense, but Auburn was able to run and pass almost at will against the Tigers. After averaging 217 yards allowed per game, LSU gave up 321 to Auburn

 

Auburn's two-man running combo kept LSU on the ropes throughout the game. Ronnie Brown, starting for the injured Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, rushed for 95 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Tre Smith provided 80 yards and one score.

 

"We came in with a lot of confidence and we knew we had to put in a full game to win," said Brown. "We came out and played well on offense and the defense did a great job."

 

Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell, who hadn't started for Auburn since its loss at LSU last season, threw for 105 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Robert Johnson. He finished the game completing 7 of 11 passes.

 

"We came out working hard today," said Campbell. "We felt that we had our backs up against the wall because with three losses we would have been out of it. We play hard when the odds are against us. Last year the LSU fans and players were talking about us and our game at LSU and this is payback for us."

 

The first road start for LSU quarterback Marcus Randall was a rough one, as the sophomore followed his solid performance against South Carolina with a shaky one against the Tigers. He started the game with three straight completions before throwing the first of four interceptions. Auburn turned two of the pickoffs into touchdowns with the very favorable field position they produced.

 

"I felt confident going in," said Randall. "We struggled early and had too many turnovers. I knew mistakes were going to come with my first start. We just tried to move on to the next play. Now, we just have to move on to the next game."

 

LSU didn't score advance into the Auburn red zone until late in the third quarter and didn't score until midway through the final period when Joseph Addai ran the ball in from 10 yards

 

Domanick Davis, one of the nation's best all purpose players, was negated on special teams and limited to 42 yards rushing on 9 attempts. Auburn's Damon Duval kicked off six times and recorded four touchbacks four. Auburn coverage teams held Davis to 48 yards on two kickoff returns and nine yards on one punt return.

 

"We came out working hard today," said Auburn defensive end Reggie Torbor. "We felt that we had our backs up against the wall because with three losses we would have been out of it. We play hard when the odds are against us. Last year the LSU fans and players were talking about us and our game at LSU and this is payback for us."


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