AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn's offense made the big plays when it
needed them most. The defense dominated up front and forced five
In other words, Auburn did to Louisiana State what LSU had been
doing to just about everyone else this season.
Ronnie Brown ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns in place of
injured tailback Carnell Williams as Auburn defeated No. 10 LSU
Auburn's performance featured everything the Tigers (5-3, 3-2
SEC) had failed to do in their previous two games, when they gave
up 68 combined points in losses to Arkansas and Florida.
"Today was just a tremendous effort by the whole team,'' coach
Tommy Tuberville said. "We played great all four quarters, made
the big plays and got some key turnovers. It was the best effort
since I've been here, on both sides of the ball.''
LSU's Tigers (6-2, 3-1) managed just 242 total yards.
Quarterback Marcus Randall threw four interceptions -- including
three in his first five passes -- and completed just 9 of 20 for 79
"We turned the ball over too many times to be successful,'' LSU
coach Nick Saban said. "We never had good field position, and that
really hurt us. "When you give that many points away and that much
field position, it makes it difficult to win ballgames. There is no
Jason Campbell, making his first start of the season for Auburn
since he took over for a struggling Daniel Cobb, completed 7 of 11
passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. He ran for 37 more against
the nation's top-ranked defense.
LSU, which had won six straight and won its first three SEC
games by an average of 24 points, didn't score until midway through
the fourth quarter.
Randall, making his second start for the injured Matt Mauck, was
constantly forced into making mistakes. Travaris Robinson set up
Auburn's first touchdown with a 64-yard interception return, and
Karlos Dansby set up the Tigers' last score with a 60-yard return.
LSU's Domanick Davis, the nation's leading punt returner, was
limited to one return for 9 yards. He ran 14 times for just 42
"We forced them to throw the football, and we knew we needed to
take (Davis) out of the game and we did,'' Tuberville said. "We
held him to 42 yards, and I would have never believed that would
happen going into today. "Our young defensive line gave them fits
In the fourth quarter, Auburn fans chanted "LSWho'' and the
inevitable "overrated.'' Last season, LSU ended Auburn's SEC
championship hopes in the regular-season finale.
LSU, which came in allowing 11 points and 217 yards a game,
trailed 17-0 at halftime, mainly because it couldn't hold onto the
ball -- starting with the first snap. Each of the four early
turnovers gave Auburn the ball in LSU territory. The miscues were
surprising, considering LSU went two games without committing a
turnover and five without throwing an interception.
"I don't think we played like the LSU Tigers,'' Saban said.
Auburn quickly added to the lead in the third quarter when
Campbell hit Robert Johnson on a 3-yard scoring pass to fulfill the
team's second-half goal.
"We just kept saying that over and over again: `Make sure we
don't come out relaxed and lose our momentum,''' said Campbell, who
set up the score with a 48-yard completion to Devin Aromashodu.
Brown, who had a 5-yard score early, ran for a 20-yard TD on
third-and-goal with 11:14 left in the fourth.
"We felt like we could swap them turnover-for-score, like they
did us,'' LSU cornerback Randall Gay said. "We just got beat in
Mid-American Conference to play six-game football season starting Nov. 4
The Mid-American Conference will play a six-game, conference-only football schedule beginning on Nov. 4.
Georgia State-Charlotte game postponed due to coronavirus issues
The Georgia State-Charlotte game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of coronavirus issues, the schools said Friday.
FPI simulates 2020 SEC football season: Upsets, multiple playoff teams and more surprises
Florida winning the national championship? It could happen ... or at least it did in one of our 20,000 daily simulations mapping out the SEC season.
College football Week 4 betting trends to know
We've got betting trends for 17 of the top college football matchups this weekend, including season openers in the SEC.
An FSU-Miami game always brings the unexpected, and 2020's clash is no different
In rivalry games, we all embrace the unexpected and inexplicable. But over the past few years, the once front-and-center FSU-Miami rivalry has become even stranger.
Who has college football's best stadium entrances?
Marty Smith and Ryan McGee pick their greatest college football stadium entrances.