Since it was Halloween, call it tricks with no treats. Or, call it Murphy’s Law, the theory that states anything that can go wrong will go wrong. The latter describes perfectly the beat down at Auburn as LSU loses 48-11 on Halloween.
Freshman QB TJ Finley started his first road game as the starting QB for LSU, taking over for the injured Myles Brennan. He had his very first start last week against South Carolina and played really well, leading LSU to a 52 24 victory. But that was last week.
Finley looked every bit the part of a true freshman QB playing in his very first road game against a conference opponent. He threw 2 interceptions and lost a fumble that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown. Finley passed for just 143 yards and zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
He was benched later in the second half in favor of fellow true freshman QB Max Johnson. Johnson led the Tigers to their only touchdown of the game on a 4 play, 71-yard drive in the 4th quarter that culminated in a 43-yard TD pass to WR Kayshon Boutte. Johnson scored on a two-point conversion to bring their point total for the day to 11. He finished the day with 172 passing yards.
LSU entered the game averaging 42 points per game.
LSU was stymied in the running game, gaining just 32 total yards rushing, averaging a paltry 1.2 yards per carry. The Auburn defense kept the pressure on LSU all day as they forced two interceptions, 1 fumble scoop, and score, recorded 4 sacks, and eight tackles for loss.
The Bayou Bengals finished the day with 347 yards of total offense. Auburn held them scoreless in the 1st and 3rd quarters.
Defense? What Defense?
LSU continued to struggle on the defensive side of the ball, as Auburn racked up 506 yards of total offense. Auburn QB Bo Nix threw for 300 yards and 3 TDs and added 81 yards on the ground and a score. RB Tank Bigsby scored two rushing touchdowns. WR Anthony Schwartz caught 4 passes for 123 yards and scoring on a 91-yard TD pass from Nix.
A Beat Down at Auburn Indeed
Auburn put together scoring drives of 99, 75, 69, 91, and 71 yards. LSU allowed the Auburn offense to successfully run 16 plays of 10+ yards in the game.
The 37 point margin of victory was the largest in the history of the LSU-Auburn series.
LSU has an open date next week. LSU will host Alabama on November 14th.
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Stats source: ESPN.com