LSU/Auburn Post-game Notes

No. 9-ranked LSU moved to 6-1 after a 31-10 win over Auburn.

Boxscore

 

LSU’s game captains were Josh Jasper, Harry Coleman, Drake Nevis, Richard Dickson and Josh Dworaczyk.

 

Tigers extending their notable consecutive starts streak tonight were: LT Ciron Black (47), OG Lyle Hitt (27), LB Harry Coleman (20), RT Joseph Barksdale (20), TE Richard Dickson (20), RB Charles Scott (20) and CB Chris Hawkins (20). 

 

LSU won the coin toss to open the game and deferred until the second half. Auburn took the ball to start the game.

 

True freshman Dominique Allen got the start at fullback. This was Allen’s first action of the season.

 

LSU scored on its opening drive of the game on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Jefferson to Terrence Toliver. It was Jefferson’s eighth touchdown pass of the year and Toliver’s third touchdown reception. The Tigers went 83 yards on eight plays and LSU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with 3:41 to play in the first quarter.

 

The touchdown was LSU’s first of the year on an opening drive in the 2009 campaign.

 

Harry Coleman forced a fumble that Danny McCray recovered at the Auburn 16-yard line on Auburn’s third possession. Jordan Jefferson scored on a 15-yard run and Josh Jasper kicked the extra point for a 14-0 LSU lead with 1:10 left in the first quarter.

 

LSU could have extended its 14-0 lead but Jordan Jefferson fumbled and Auburn recovered in the end zone for a touchback. LSU forced a punt on Auburn’s ensuing possession.

 

The Tigers went up 17-0 on a 32-yard field goal by Josh Jasper with nine seconds left in the half. LSU recovered a fumbled punt from Auburn at the War Eagle 36-yard line that led to the field goal.

 

At the half, LSU led 17-0.

 

The Tiger defense held Auburn to only 42 yards of total offense in the first half. LSU had 186 yards of offense in the first 30 minutes.

 

Jordan Jefferson was 14-of-20 for 137 yards in the first half with one passing touchdown and one rushing score with 29 yards rushing on 10 attempts.

 

Charles Scott had 12 yards on five carries in the first half.

 

Terrance Toliver had eight receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown in the first half while Brandon LaFell had four grabs for 38 yards.

 

Kelvin Sheppard led LSU with nine tackles in the first half.

 

LSU had 15 first downs in the first half compared to only five for Auburn.

 

Auburn converted only 1-of-6 third downs in the first half.

 

LSU received the second half kickoff and went 45 yards in 1:19 seconds. Jordan Jefferson hit Brandon LaFell for a 17-yard touchdown pass and Josh Jasper made the extra point for a 24-0 lead.

 

Auburn got on the board with a 24-yard field goal on its first possession of the second half. LSU led 24-3 with 9:21 to play in the third quarter.

 

Russell Shepard scored his first collegiate touchdown with 1:09 left in the third quarter when he lined up at running back and took a handoff and raced 69 yards untouched. That put the Tigers up 31-3.

 

Auburn scored with three seconds left on a 1-yard touchdown pass for the final score of 31-10.

 

Jordan Jefferson had a career-high 242 yards passing and completed 21-of-31 on the night with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

 

Russell Shepard led LSU in rushing with 71 yards on 6 carries and a touchdown. His 69-yard touchdown run was the longest play from scrimmage for LSU this season.

 

Terrance Toliver had a career-high nine receptions for 86 yards with a touchdown. Toliver has caught a pass in 17 straight games.

 

Brandon LaFell has now caught a pass in 35 straight games. His streak is the fifth longest in the nation. LaFell finished with six catches for 67 yards and a score.

 

LSU had four sacks on the night which was one less than they had in the previous six games.

 

Kelvin Sheppard led LSU with 13 tackles which was four away from his career-high 17 stops he registered against Ole Miss last season.

 

Ryan Baker recorded the first sack of his career with an eight-yard takedown of Chris Todd with just over 5:30 left in the game.

 

LSU held Auburn’s offense that averaged 464.9 yards a game to only 194 yards while LSU’s offense gained 376 yards on the evening – 81 above its average.

 

With Chris Hawkins’ interception in the second quarter, LSU has now intercepted at least one pass in nine straight games dating back to the final two games of the 2008 season.

 

Auburn converted only 4-of-13 third downs on the night.

 

This marked the first time LSU defeated Auburn in three consecutive seasons since the Tigers won three in a row from 1935-37.


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