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Inspired Auburn team comes up short against No. 2 LSU

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The Auburn Tigers had their chances to take down the No. 2 team in America on Saturday, but LSU hung on to win by two points, 12-10.

In front of a raucous, energy-filled crowd, a seemingly rejuvenated Auburn team went toe-to-toe with what some have been calling the deepest, most talented team in the country.  But an early safety and three turnovers proved to be too much to overcome in their bid for an upset.

Auburn quarterback Keihl Frazier threw two interceptions and the offense sputtered at critical moments in the game, allowing LSU to escape Opelika with their perfect record unscathed.

Both quarterbacks struggled in the game, and their youth was exposed by two aggressive, attacking defenses. 

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger turned the ball over twice, once on the Auburn two yard line just when it looked like the Bengal Tigers were about to steamroll their way to an early 7-0 lead.  Fortunately for Mettenberger, his uber-talented defensive line bailed him out on the very next play, swallowing Auburn running back Tre Mason in the endzone for a safety -- a play that turned out to be the difference in the game.

Mettenberger finished the game with 15 completions on 27 attempts for 169 yards while Frazier was 13-of-22 passing for only 97 yards.

Both team's rushing attacks had pockets of success, but LSU's stable of big, bruising backs seemed to be more effective as the game went on.  Junior Spencer Ware led all LSU rushers with 90 yards on 16 carries with Michael Ford and Kenny Hilliard gaining 42 and 40 yards respectively.  Ford scored the only touchdown for LSU.

Auburn finished with only 86 yards rushing behind sophomore Tre Mason's 54 yards on just nine carries.  His 26-yard scamper in the first half setup Onterrio McCalleb's 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

All-American punters Brad Wing for LSU and Steven Clark for Auburn stayed busy throughout the game with both of their offenses struggling for first downs.

Wing finished the night averaging 42.3 yards a punt with his eight kicks for a total of 338 yards while Clark nearly matched him finishing with a 41 yard average on seven punts for 287 yards.

Auburn enters the bye week with just one win on the season after the loss, falling to 1-3 and 0-2 in SEC play.  They will play a clueless, deflated Arkansas team at home in two weeks.

LSU picked up their first SEC victory with the win and move to 4-0 on the season.  They will host Towson next Saturday.

Check out the stats below from ESPN.com:

 

 

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLSUAUB
S 8:21 Tre Mason rush for a loss of 1 yard to the Aub 0 for a SAFETY. 2 0
TD 4:18 Michael Ford rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN. Drew Alleman extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds in 4:03
9 0
TD 0:00 Onterio McCalebb rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. Cody Parkey extra point GOOD.
Drive info: 3 plays, 26 yds in 1:02
9 7
SECOND QUARTERLSUAUB
FG 1:21 Cody Parkey 40 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 8 plays, 42 yds in 5:05
9 10
THIRD QUARTERLSUAUB
FG 5:26 Drew Alleman 30 yard field goal GOOD.
Drive info: 7 plays, 35 yds in 3:43
12 10

Team Stat Comparison

 LSUAUB
1st Downs 15 9
3rd down efficiency
6-17 2-11
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-1
Total Yards 352 183
Passing 169 97
Comp-Att
15-27 13-22
Yards per pass
6.3 4.4
Rushing 183 86
Rushing Attempts
44 30
Yards per rush
4.2 2.9
Penalties 9-80 5-38
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles lost
2 1
Interceptions thrown
0 2
Possession 33:11 26:49
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