Nick Fairley steps up for Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's Nick Fairley and LSU's Drake Nevis have been the two best interior defensive linemen in the SEC this season, maybe the entire country.

Fairley was the one to strike first in this game with his sack of Jarrett Lee in the second quarter.

Auburn was able to get LSU in third-and-11. So twice in third-and-long situations Saturday, Auburn's defense has come up with big plays. The first one ended with Zac Etheridge intercepting Jordan Jefferson's pass in the first quarter.