Report Card: LSU fails to show up against Auburn
Handing out the grades from LSU’s blowout loss to Auburn, which matched the score of the infamous Cigar Game at 41-7.
It’s going to be hard to find any positive in this performance. LSU had 15 drives on the night; more than half of them, eight, were three-and-outs. The Tigers were doubled up in total yards (566 to 280) and has 13 first downs to Auburn’s 25. Despite averaging less than 4 yards per carry, the Tigers still ran the ball 36 times. They were even worse through the air, completing 8-of-24 passes for 142 yards, an average of 5.7 yards per attempt. Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural, the Tigers’ two best playmakers, were both shut out save for long receptions, while no running back made any impact. This was an absolute whitewashing.
Getting stops when your team’s offense can’t stay on the field is tough, and it’s even tougher playing against an offense as nasty as Auburn’s. LSU’s did all they could given the circumstances they were put in. Still, they were gashed for 6.1 yards per carry and 298 yards total on the ground, while Nick Marshall went 14-22 for 207 yards and 2 TD through the air. Adding in backup Jeremy Johnson, who got on the field for mop-up duty, Auburn averaged 10.3 yards per passing attempt. LSU did win the turnover battle, with Kendell Beckwith picking up a fumble by Marshall for the only turnover of the night. The Tigers’ secondary did have a few pass breakups on the night, but also got outmuscled for some deep balls and missed countless tackle to negate any good work they did.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Jamie Keehn put up a couple of booming punts, averaging 42.3 yards on his 8 punts on the night, and Auburn was only able to return them for a total of 15 yards on 3 return attempts. The special teams didn’t get much work outside of that, with only 2 kickoffs and a single extra point attempt.