There was no lightning or three-hour delay, but the weather was less than favorable yet again for No. 13 LSU’s 45-21 win against No. 18 Auburn in its rescheduled home opener Saturday.
CBS, which broadcast the game, announced the temperature at field level to be 115 degrees at kickoff. The actual temperature was 91 degrees with 43 percent humidity. Both teams had fans on the sideline to keep them cool.
LSU coach Les Miles, who wore a long-sleeve windbreaker and khakis during the game, said the heat didn’t bother him or his players at all.
“This is what I wear when I go to practice. We practice in that weather all the time,” Miles said. “I have to be real honest, I had no question that my team was going to be very comfortable in that weather.”
Sophomore defensive tackle Davon Godchaux echoed Miles’ comments on the weather.
“It’s a 2:30 game; it’s hot, but we go through that at practice every day,” Godchaux said. “That’s our advantage.”
Gordon leaves game
Senior tight end Dillon Gordon exited the game with an Achilles’ tendon injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Miles said Gordon is in “a very positive position” but did not offer any more information. LSU’s other tight ends — juniors DeSean Smith and Colin Jeter and true freshman Foster Moreau — all saw action.
Senior linebacker Deion Jones was ejected from the game after officials flagged him for targeting Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson’s head, a penalty he said he didn’t even know he committed.
“I was just trying to make a play on the ball, but I just got a little high with my helmet, I guess,” said Jones, LSU’s leading tackler against Auburn. “The ref made a great call, and you can’t argue with those guys doing their job. I just have to learn the mistake.”
The play came with about six minutes left in the game. As a result of the penalty, Jones will be ineligible for the first half of next week’s matchup against Syracuse.
Freshman defensive end Isaiah Washington dressed out but did not play Saturday. Washington suffered a broken hand during preseason camp and did not travel to Starkville, Mississippi, for the Tigers’ 21-19 win at Mississippi State. He returned to practice this week and his left hand was heavily wrapped Saturday.
Injured defensive back Jalen Mills is off crutches but is still using a walking boot to get around.
Miles said recently Mills is recovering quickly from a “high ankle” injury he suffered during practice Aug. 19. Miles has repeatedly declined to give a timetable for the senior’s return.
LSU opened the season against two Southeastern Conference opponents for the first time in school history as a result of the canceled season opener against McNeese State.
Both games came against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25.
Mike VI was up and pacing in his habitat about two hours before kickoff, but the live tiger mascot did not attend the game.
Mike showed before the McNeese game, sitting quietly in his trailer as it made its way around Tiger Stadium. He missed every home game last season by refusing to enter his trailer.
According to a new release issued before the season, the school announced it would attempt to load Mike into its trailer for the first three home games of 2015. The Tigers’ next home game is Oct. 3 against Eastern Michigan.
LSU’s captains were defensive end Lewis Neal, defensive tackle Christian LaCouture, Gordon, center Ethan Pocic, running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Lamar Louis and defensive backs Tre’Davious White and Ricky Jefferson. … Miles is 10-1 in home openers and has won the past 10. … Dating to 2001, LSU quarterbacks are 12-0 in their first career starts at home. … Fournette broke the school record for most rushing yards through two games with 387 total. ...With his 105th win at LSU, Miles moved into 17th place on the SEC’s all-time wins list. … In response to the no-contest against McNeese, Tiger Stadium public address announcer Dan Borne added a new line to his pregame speech: “Chance of lighting ... none.”