Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall accounted for 326 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 5 Tigers past No.15 LSU 41-7 in a Southeastern Conference Western Division game Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Marshall completed 14 of 22 passes for 207 yards with touchdowns to Sammie Coates in the first quarter and tight end C.J. Uzomah in the second quarter.
Marshall also rushed 16 times for 119 with scoring runs of 7 yards in the opening quarter and a 29-yarder with 2:12 remaining before halftime, capping a stretch of four consecutive scoring drives for a 31-7 halftime advantage.
True freshman quarterback Brandon Harris’ first collegiate start went sour for LSU, completing just 3 of 13 passes for 58 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He wound up with 36 yards rushing on eight carries.
Auburn became the second opponent to gain in excess of 500 yards of offense against LSU with the homestanding Tigers amassing 566 yards on 74 plays – outgaining the visitors’ total of 298.
LSU surrendered a season-high 560 yards in a 34-29 home loss to Mississippi State two weeks ago.
Running back Cameron Artis-Payne topped Auburn with 24 carries for 126 yards while Sammie Coates caught four passes for 144 yards and the game’s initial touchdown for a 10-0 lead.
True freshman running back Leonard Fournette led LSU with 42 yards on 10 carries.
LSU sophomore Anthony Jennings (5 of 10 for 64 yards) took over the offense for the first time after Kendell Beckwith’s fumble recovery at the 5:28 mark of the third quarter but was unable to produce any points.
Auburn’s fast start resulted in a 17-0 lead just over 11 minutes into the game when LSU responded with its lone scoring drive.
Harris’ 51-yard completion to true freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre put LSU at Auburn’s 1-yard line with Kenny Hilliard barging into the endzone on the next play with 1:24 still to go in the first quarter.
What you need to know
1) Auburn held LSU without a first down on five of their first six possessions. LSU struggled throughout in third-down situations, failing to convert in 12 opportunities.
2) On Auburn’s second touchdown tight end C.J. Uzomah was lined up as an eligible receiver at the left tackle position and went unaccounted for on his pass route into the end zone.
3) LSU lost out on the potential for an extra play near the end of the first half after Brandon Harris’ 32-yard gain to Auburn’s 25-yard line. Instead of having Harris line up under center and spike the ball to stop the clock, he was in shotgun formation and wound up taking the snap and throwing incomplete for Travin Dural in the end zone to end the half.
4) LSU true freshman wide receiver Trey Quinn, who left the game in the first quarter after a targeting penalty by Nick Ruffin, returned to the field midway through the third quarter.
5) LSU’s leading receiver Travin Dural didn’t register his first catch until the final seven minutes of the game with a 40-yard reception from Anthony Jennings.