On a rain-soaked field at Tiger Stadium, the No. 6 LSU Tigers wasted little time in jumping on the visiting Tigers from Auburn with a pair of Jeremy Hill touchdowns in a little more than five minutes into the first quarter. This would be a sign of things to come for the evening as Hill finished with a career-high 183 yards on 25 carries with three going for scores as LSU would win 35-21.
Auburn shot themselves in the foot with two turnovers and failing to convert on three fourth downs—one of which led to a fumble and the other a drop by the Auburn punter. Those gaffes led to Hill’s touchdowns as Auburn would be in catch-up mode for the rest of the game.
Without many explosive playmakers for Auburn and a stingy LSU defense making Nick Marshall run for his life it looked like the game could turn into a rout when the teams came back for the final two quarters.
However, Gus Malzahn’s team forced Zach Mettenberger into his first interception of the season after a failed onside kick attempt and Tre Mason put Auburn on the board to make it 21-7 and keep the game within reach for the visitors.
With Auburn trying to get a little momentum in the third after a number of fans left a water-logged Tiger Stadium at half, the Auburn defense could not find an answer for Hill who would find his way into the end zone for the third time on the night.
Mettenberger remained poised after his first pick and was 9-11 with 160 yards and a touchdown after his interception as he continued to find Odell Beckham, Jr. and especially Jarvis Landry. The duo combined for 12 of LSU’s 14 receptions on the night with Landry having a career-high 118 yards on seven receptions including a 32-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Mason looked impressive as I expected, and was the player of the game offensively for Auburn finishing with 132 yards and two second half touchdowns and Marshall showed signs of life late to finish with 224 yards on 17 completions, but his two interceptions sunk Auburn.
LSU travels to Athens, Ga. on Saturday for a 2:30 kick to take on Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley and the Georgia Bulldogs with College Gameday scheduled to be in attendance for the SEC crossover clash. The game will be televised on CBS.
LSU looks like the most complete team in the nation one month into the season.