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September 22, 2013
Jeremy Hill ran for a career-high 184 yards and three touchdowns as LSU won its Southeastern Conference opener 35-21 against Auburn on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.
HOW THEY SCORED
Score: Hill 49-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 7, Auburn 0
Drive: 3 plays, 57 yards
Time of Possession: :53
Time Remaining: 11:16, first quarter
Key Play: Lamin Barrow recovered a Nick Marshall fumble at LSU's 43.
Score: Hill 10-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 14, Auburn 0
Drive: 1 plays, 10 yards
Time of Possession: :03
Time Remaining: 9:56, first quarter
Key Play: Punter Steven Clark dropped the snap and was tackled at Auburn's 10 by Duke Riley and Corey Thompson.
Score: J.C. Copeland 1-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. LSU 21, Auburn 0
Drive: 4 plays, 73 yards
Time of Possession: 1:38
Time Remaining: 12:34, second quarter
Key Play: On second-and-six, Hill ran for 54 yards to give LSU a first down at Auburn's 1.
Score: Tre Mason 2-yard run. Cody Parkey PAT. LSU 21, Auburn 7
Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards
Time of Possession: 2:14
Time Remaining: 12:39, third quarter
Key Play: On third-and-one, Mason gained 17 to give Auburn a first down at LSU's 2.
Score: Hill 6-yard run. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 28, Auburn 7
Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards
Time of Possession: 2:31
Time Remaining: 10:08, third quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 45-yard pass to Travis Dickson for a first down at Auburn's 8.
Score: Mason 2-yard run. Parkey PAT. LSU 28, Auburn 14
Drive: 10 plays, 94 yards
Time of Possession: 3:27
Time Remaining: 3:00, third quarter
Key Play: On second-and-six, Marshall completed a 52-yard pass to Sammie Coates for a first down at LSU's 1.
Score: Jarvis Landry 32-yard pass from Mettenberger. Delahoussaye PAT. LSU 35, Auburn 14
Drive: 7 plays, 81 yards
Time of Possession: 3:08
Time Remaining: 14:52, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Mettenberger completed a 22-yard pass to Odell Beckham for a first down at Auburn's 34.
Score: Cameron Artis-Payne 12-yard run. Parkey PAT. LSU 35, Auburn 21
Drive: 10 plays, 88 yards
Time of Possession: 3:24
Time Remaining: 6:33, fourth quarter
Key Play: On first-and-ten, Marshall completed a 42-yard pass to Coates for a first down at LSU's 23.
Early in the second quarter, Hill broke off his second long run of the night - a 54-yarder which put the ball at Auburn's 1. Copeland scored on the next play to give LSU a three-touchdown lead. Auburn never trailed by fewer than 21 points until the last 6? minutes of the game.
LSU offensive players unhappy following Auburn win
LSU KEY OFFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Hill got the brunt of the carries and responded with a career-high 184 yards and three touchdowns. Hill averaged more than seven yards on his 25 attempts. He had runs of 54 and 49 yards. Mettenberger had another solid, if not spectacular night, with 14 completions in 22 attempts for 229 yards and one touchdown. Landry and Beckham were on the receiving end of all but two of Mettenberger's completions. Landry had seven receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown, while Beckham caught five passes for 59 yards.
LSU KEY DEFENSIVE PERFORMERS
Three linebackers each had double-digit tackles. D.J. Welter had a career-high 11 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, and one pass breakup. Barrow had 11 tackles and recovered a fumble which set up a touchdown. Kwon Alexander, who played mostly in the nickel and dime packages, had a career-high ten tackles, one behind the line of scrimmage. Safety Craig Loston, who returned to the starting lineup, made eight tackles and intercepted a pass. Micah Eugene, who started at safety instead of Ronald Martin, made a career-high eight tackles. End Danielle Hunter registered a career-high eight tackles and one quarterback-hurry. Dwayne Thomas, who played both nickel and dime back, broke up three passes.
LSU MISSED SCORING OPPORTUNITIES
On four occasions, LSU had the ball in Auburn territory and did not come away with points. Late in the first quarter, Ryan White recovered a Terrence Magee fumble at Auburn's 7. A touchdown there would have given LSU a 21-point lead. In the second quarter, LSU had a first down at Auburn's 42. After a six-yard run by Hill, LSU went no further. Hill was tackled for no gain and Mettenberger threw an incompletion to Kadron Boone. In the third quarter, a LSU drive ended at Auburn's 14 when Mettenberger failed to connect with Beckham on second and third-down passes. Delahoussaye lined up for a 30-yard field. But, holder Seth Fruge ran the ball up the middle on a fake. He was tackled two yards shy of a first down. In the fourth quarter, LSU took possession at Auburn's 44 following a failed onsides kick attempt. Three plays - two runs by Hill and one pass attempt - lost one yard.
LSU defensive effort tapers off in second half.
LSU CRITICAL MISTAKES
Magee's fumble late in the first quarter deep in Auburn territory prevented LSU from taking a 21-0 lead. Mettenberger threw his first interception of the season on the first play of the third quarter. Auburn proceeded to drive 50 yards for its first touchdown of the game. Two long pass completions from Marshall to Coates led to Auburn's last two touchdowns. Tre'Davious White had coverage on a 52-yard completion, while Jalen Mills was the defender on a 42-yard completion. Eugene was a little late in providing over-the-top safety help on both plays.
LSU's defense allowed 333 yards in the second half when Auburn scored all 21 of its points. In the first two quarters, Auburn didn't score and gained just 104 yards, Auburn didn't reach LSU's 40 in the first two quarters. Auburn ran 85 plays - 19 more than LSU. Mettenberger averaged 16.4 yards on his 14 completions. LSU was a season-worst 5-of-13 on third-down conversions. LSU displayed great balance - 228 yards rushing and 229 yards passing. LSU was penalized ten times for 85 yards. There were four false start penalties. LSU has now outscored its opponents 62-3 in four first quarters this season.
LSU has won 34 consecutive games when scoring at least 30 points. . .When Magee lost his first-quarter fumble, LSU failed to get points on a red-zone possession for the first time this season. LSU had scored a touchdown or kicked a field on its first 16 red-zone possessions of the season. . .LSU's 457 yards of offense were their most in a SEC game in two seasons. LSU gained 494 yards against Arkansas in 2011. . .LSU extended its winning streak against Auburn in Tiger Stadium to seven games. . .The victory was the 50th for coach Les Miles against a SEC team. . . Hill's 184 rushing yards were the most for a LSU back in nine seasons. Alley Broussard ran for a school-record 250 yards against Ole Miss in 2004. Hill has now rushed for at least 100 yards six times in 14 games in his career. . .Landry has now caught a touchdown pass in six consecutive games. That streak is the longest for a LSU receiver since Dwayne Bowe caught a scoring pass in seven straight games in 2005. The 100-yard receiving game was Landry's second of the season and the third of his career. . .The 45-yard reception by Dickson was the longest of his career. . .Loston's interception was the fifth of his career. . .Mills intercepted a pass - the fourth of his career. . . Hunter made his first career start. . .Jamie Keehn placed three of his six punts inside Auburn's 20. . .Five of James Hairston's six kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. . .LSU allowed Mason to rush for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. . .Marshall accounted for 270 yards - 224 through the air and 46 on the ground. . .Coates gained 139 yards on just four catches. LSU is 4-0 for the seventh straight season. Auburn is 3-1, 1-1 in SEC games. . .The paid crowd was 92,638.
WHAT THE HEAD COACH HAD TO SAY
Les Miles: "With the inclement weather, the important piece was to start the game with the certainty that we were going to do certain things and take care of the ball. We were going to get our footing squared away and we were going to run the football. We took an early lead, 21-zip. It was really interesting from that point forward. We have to finish this (game). We took such a strong lead initially, but I just didn't like how we finished."
LSU will Georgia next Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia (2-1, 1-0) defeated North Texas 45-21 on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.