We left last week’s blog post in great anticipation for another big test on the LSU Tigers gauntlet of a schedule, a heavy weight match-up with Auburn. This test would prove who the REAL Tigers of the Southeastern Conference really are!
Auburn would be bringing a defense to Baton Rouge more stout than LSU has faced all season. Boasting a defensive line filled with NFL talent, Auburn was looking to be the first team up to the task of stalling out the potent LSU offense that has not slowed down all season long. Although having one of the best defenses in the country, Auburn had struggled mightily up to this point on the offensive side of the ball under the leadership of true freshman quarterback Bo Nix.
As the game got under way, it was evident of just how good this Auburn defense really was. Holding the LSU Tigers to no points In the first quarter and only 10 following in the second quarter. Their defense had come to play, and they were certainly keeping their team in the game, but so had LSU’s defense. The two teams were tied in a knot at 10 to 10 at the conclusion of the first half. Although everyone expected the LSU offense to get rolling, through two quarters neither team had cemented itself as the one who was going to win the game.
As the third quarter commenced, LSU was able to get on the board again with another touchdown, missing the extra point, giving them a 16 to 10 lead. Auburn followed with a field goal of their own and we would be neck and neck at 16 to 13 with one quarter of football left to be played. Both teams were able to put another touchdown on the board in the final quarter but LSU left the field with a hard fought 23 to 20 victory over a resilient Auburn team.
Although Auburn’s defense was able to slow the scoring of the LSU offense, they could not prevail. Emerging star running back Clyde Edwards Helaire for LSU was able to rack up 136 rushing yards and a touchdown as well as 7 catches for 51 yards in a stellar performance. LSU superstar wide receiver, Jamaar Chase, was able to continue his dominance in shredding opposing secondaries in an eight catch 123 yard game that left the Auburn defense wondering how to cover him. Joe Burrow led the team with poise again as the Tigers march on to next week’s bye with an 8 and 0 undefeated record.