The battle of the unbeatens went to the better team; the home team. Auburn used over 400 yards rushing, 217 of those by QB Cam Newton alone, to run past the LSU Tigers and into first place in the SEC West. With the win, Auburn controls its own destiny while LSU will need some help to get to Atlanta. There were some positives, but the things that have been haunting LSU from week one were still rearing its ugly head in the 24-17 loss.
Let’s play the game, “What if you would have told me…….” and take all the stats from the game on Saturday and come up with an answer……. easy right?
What if you would have told me Auburn would have 440 yards rushing and 526 total yards of offense against LSU’s defense……Auburn would win big, right?
What if you would have told me Jordan Jefferson would lead the team in rushing and passing yards in the game on Saturday…….LSU would lose big, right?
Wrong. Despite the massive amounts of yards given up by LSU’s defense, they kept the high scoring Auburn offense to 24 points. And despite Jordan Jefferson’s struggles, he had a decent game and gave the Tigers a chance to tie or win the game at the end. But it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t enough because right now, LSU doesn’t have a difference maker on offense and Auburn does, plain and simple.
The only true difference maker for LSU in the game was the punt team. Punter Derek Helton had a career day punting the football, pinning Auburn inside their own 20 yard line four times, while also averaging 53.2 yards per kick. Josh Jasper also had is only kick downed inside the 20. This alone kept LSU in the game and made Auburn go the full length of the field to score points. Consequently, the high yardage total for Auburn yielded not as many points as you would have expected from that output.
LSU now looks ahead to a bye week and then the Alabama Crimson Tide come to town on November 6th. The loss to Auburn means now the Alabama game is a must win for the Tigers. (Like it wasn’t already) LSU will have to win out and hope for an Auburn loss to Ole Miss or Georgia and then at the end of the year to Alabama. Meanwhile, LSU needs to take this week, heal up, regroup and try to find some semblance of an offense. It’s been said over and over again and maybe there’s nothing that can be done at this time to right the ship. It might just take a JUCO quarterback with a new offensive system.
I mean, it worked for Auburn, right?