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LSU's Grant Delpit, Derek Stingley Jr. hurt late in Auburn win; just 'regular stuff,' coach says
As LSU looked to salt away a win over Auburn, it was doing so without the help of star safety Grant Delpit -- then without star freshman Derek Stingley Jr.
Auburn (6-2) would score on its final drive to cut the margin to 3, but an onside kick attempt failed and LSU (8-0) ran out the clock for a 23-20 win.
After the game, coach Ed Orgeron said he didn't believe either injury was significant. "I think just regular stuff," he said when asked about the injuries.
Ed Orgeron didn't feel concerned about Grant Delpit and Derek Stingley. Both went down late. "I think regular stuff," Orgeron said.— Wilson Alexander (@whalexander_) October 27, 2019
Delpit left the field about midway through the fourth quarter with what was reported to be an ankle injury. He was attended to on the field by trainers before being helped to the sideline.
He could be seen jogging to test his ankle but didn't return as Auburn began its next drive with just over three minutes remaining and LSU leading by 10. During that drive Stingley fell awkwardly while defending a pass in the end zone and appeared to be shaken up.
As LSU's showdown with Auburn wore on in Tiger Stadium, the normally bright green Tiger Stadium turf was littered with more and more brown poc…
He walked off the field under his own power and Auburn scored on the next possession to trim the lead to three points. It's unknown whether he would have re-entered the game had Auburn's offense gotten the ball back.
As LSU went went to field an onside kick attempt, Delpit and Stingley were sitting side-by-side on the team's benches. Delpit would normally have been on that unit. LSU wide receiver Derrick Dillon alertly recovered the bouncing ball and secured the win.
Delpit finished the game with 5 tackles and pass-breakup. He also made a hustle play in the third quarter, chasing down Auburn's DJ Williams and forcing him to step out of bounds before scoring on a breakaway, 70-yard run. Auburn settled for a field goal on that drive.
Easy to forget this type of play by the end of 4-hour game ... but Grant Delpit deserves love for the hustle here.— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) October 27, 2019
DJ Williams should score 99/100 times. No one would've blamed Delpit for not getting there. But he did. Auburn held to FG. Loses by 3. #LSUpic.twitter.com/KtXsGw7wwg
Stingley finished with four tackles and yet another interception, his fourth on the season. The play came near the endzone moments before halftime, with Auburn on the edge of field goal range.
You can throw the records out when LSU and Auburn meet up. But this year, you don't have to.
A top-10 SEC showdown has major national implications as the No. 9 Auburn Tigers roll into Tiger Stadium to face the No. 2 LSU Tigers.