Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker Duke Riley (40) tackles Auburn Tigers punter Steven Clark (30) on a punt attempt during the first quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Report Card: Grading the LSU Defense Against Auburn

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The LSU defense was a tale of two halves. In the first half they looked like the dominant force of years past, but with a large led, and a half empty stadium, the LSU defense seemed to lose their firepower in the second half.

1st Half Grade: A

The Auburn Tigers could not do anything to generate offense against the LSU defense in the first half. The defense was fired up and made big plays all over the field. At halftime LSU had allowed less than 120 yards and had completely shut out Auburn resulting in a 21 point half time lead for the Bayou Bengals.

On Auburn’s first drive of the game, they were able to put together a nice drive, but on 4th and 1 at the LSU 41 yard line, Nick Marshall fumbled the football and Lamin Barrow jumped on it to kill the drive.

Craig Loston came up big after sitting out the past two games with a leg injury. Early in the second quarter Nick Marshall tried to go deep. Craig Loston got in position and bobbled the pass before coming down the with the interception.

2nd Half Grade: C-

The second half was a major let down for the defense. With the game seemingly out of reach, the LSU defense appeared to lose their will to fight. They looked sloppy, and allowed an Auburn offense that they had shut down in the first half to gain over 300 yards and put 21 points on the board in the second half.

It was simply a display of the LSU defense relaxing with a big lead. The defense is full of talented athletes and the first half is proof that they can perform. In the second half they showed a major lack of effort.

After an incredible first half the defense disappointed the half-filled stadium with a sub par performance. Les Miles summed it up well via Monroe News Star.

We took such a strong lead initially, but I just didn’t like how we finished.

The Tigers will need to shape up as they face an all-around dynamic offense in Georgia this week. Georgia has put up points in bunches this season. They average more than 40 points a game and fared well against stiff competition.

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