Rapid Reaction: Auburn pulls off crazy upset against LSU in The Plains
Maybe Gus Malzahn was a second away from losing his job.
Danny Etling’s winning touchdown pass to D.J. Chark on the last play was negated when the replay booth ruled LSU did not get the play off, and Auburn held on for an 18-13 win over No. 18 LSU that may have saved the coaches’ job.
Daniel Carlson hit all six field goal attempts for Auburn (2-2), which saw LSU (2-2) drive from the 25 to the Auburn 10, but an illegal shift penalty on LSU left the Tigers one second to work with. Etling hit Chark for what looked like a spectacular game-winning 15-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone, but replay said LSU did not snap the ball on time.
What it means: It means a reprieve for Malzahn, who has been on the hot seat. But how about Les Miles? LSU’s coach barely escaped with his job last year and now with LSU out of the playoff picture, is he in danger of losing his job?
What I liked: Auburn’s secondary was outstanding, keeping LSU from getting any explosive plays in the passing game. Etling was 15-for-27 passing for just 118 yards and a TD for LSU but never had explosive plays. And while Leonard Fournette got his 101 rushing yards, Auburn made him earn it after backing down from him in Fournette’s signature 228-yard rushing game last year.
What I didn’t like: LSU’s inability to get the aerial game going until the final drive. And Auburn’s inability to complete drives. After forcing Texas A&M into five field goals last week, Auburn never fully took advantage of 388 offensive yards, including Sean White’s 234 yards passing.
Who’s the man: LSU’s Arden Key had 2.5 sacks and forced a fumble that LSU recovered to set up a field goal. In a defensive game, his effort stood out.
Key plays: Carlson’s 51-yard field goal in the first quarter could have been good from much farther. LSU’s Colby Delahoussaye missed from a similar distance, making Carlson’s make that much bigger.
What’s next: LSU hosts Missouri. Auburn takes a break from SEC play, hosting Louisiana-Monroe.