The No. 12 ranked Louisiana State University Tigers (2-0), led by quarterback Joe Burrow, met the No. 7 ranked Auburn Tigers, led by quarterback Jarrett Stidham, in an SEC West NCAA football showdown on Saturday, September 15, 2018 (9/15/18) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.
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Here’s the AP recap:
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Cole Tracy kicked a 42-yard field goal on the final play to give No. 12 LSU a 22-21 victory over No. 7 Auburn on Saturday in their Southeastern Conference opener.
Joe Burrow led LSU (3-0) down the field in the final minutes with clutch plays and two pass interference calls against Auburn (2-1). That set up Tracy’s field goal that was almost right down the middle and sent LSU players swarming onto the field to celebrate.
Burrow hit Derrick Dillon over the outstretched arms of Auburn linebacker Deshaun Davis for a 71-yard touchdown strike with 8:18 left. Burrow’s two-point attempt failed, leaving Auburn up 21-19.
The LSU defense held to set up another chance with 5:38 remaining. The result was a 14-play, 52-yard drive. A pass interference call against Jeremiah Dinson on third-and-11 kept the drive alive. Then Burrow hit Stephen Sullivan for 9 yards on fourth-and-7 to keep the offense on the field.
Burrow held his own against Auburn’s more heralded Jarrett Stidham. He completed 15 of 34 passes for 249 yards, with Justin Jefferson gaining 97 yards on five catches.
Stidham was 16 of 28 for 198 yards and a touchdown but threw two interceptions. JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 104 yards on 22 carries.
Auburn’s Anders Carlson missed a 52-yard field goal attempt wide left with nearly 13 minutes left.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NCAA football
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Line: Auburn -10.5 (Over/under: 44.5)
Chandler Cox expects this Auburn-LSU game to be bloody and intense, like usual.
The H-back for No. 7 Auburn figures that’s standard for the rivalry with No. 12 LSU and sees no reason Saturday’s confrontation will be any different.
“It’s always hot. It’s always sweaty. Always bloody,” Cox said. “It’s one of those games that’s a bloodbath. It’s going to come down to the wire. We’ve got to expect that.”
The winner of the first big SEC West clash could emerge as the most likely challenger to No. 1 Alabama in a division with four Top 25 teams and two others receiving votes.
Both Auburn (2-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) and LSU (2-0, 0-0) already have wins over teams ranked in the Top 10 at the time. LSU beat then-No. 8 Miami and Auburn topped then-No. 6 Washington, followed by predictable routs of overmatched opponents.
For Auburn, memories are fresh from last season’s blown 20-0 lead. LSU won that game 27-23 , and guard Garrett Brumfield gave his team a reminder of what’s ahead shortly after a win over Southeastern Louisiana.
“He told us how big a game the Auburn game is,” safety Grant Delpit said. “He said that we can’t take it for granted that we’ll win this game just because we have won the first two games. He told us that we have to come out punching because we stole one from them last year.”
These games might be bloody, but they are rarely boring. LSU’s last visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium ended with an apparent winning touchdown that didn’t count because time ran out before the snap. A day later, LSU fired coach Les Mile s and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
Auburn is a 10-point favorite in this one.
“This is a better football team than Miami. We know that,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “It’s a big rivalry for the LSU Tigers. It’s SEC play. It’s physical football. It’s going to take our best to beat them.”
Here are some things to know about the LSU-Auburn game:
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean initially signed with Ohio State in 2015. Burrow is a graduate transfer while Dean left after he was medically disqualified from playing because of knee injuries.
“I’m pretty sure, if he felt like how I felt, he’ll probably have a chip on his shoulder and he probably wants to prove to Ohio State why he should have been there playing,” Dean said.
LSU is one of just six teams nationally without a turnover, a streak that has stretched to 15 quarters. Auburn’s defense has recorded a league-high four interceptions while Stidham hasn’t thrown one. Auburn lost four fumbles against Alabama State, mostly by reserves.
LSU, Auburn and Vanderbilt are tied for the SEC lead with nine sacks. Eight Auburn defenders have recorded at least one. Auburn’s Big Kat Bryant and LSU’s Delpit both have a pair of sacks.
HOME SWEET HOME
The home team has won 16 of the last 18 meetings. Auburn has been much better at Jordan-Hare, nursing a 13-game home winning streak that included victories over then-No. 1s Georgia and Alabama last season.
“I feel like it will give us a home-field advantage because when we play at Jordan-Hare, we have the mindset that we don’t lose at home,” Dean said.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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