LSU stuns Jarrett Stidham, Auburn 22-21 behind Last-Second Field Goal

LSU stuns Jarrett Stidham, Auburn 22-21 behind Last-Second Field Goal

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) gets a pass and tries to Auburn defensive back Noah Igbinoghene (4) as he wears the ball during the first half of a NCAA college football game, Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo / Butch Dill)

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The 12th-placed LSU Tigers stormed a 22-21 SEC road play against Auburn Tigers on Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.

Auburn scored 21 straight points from late in the second quarter to early in the third. The LSU's offensive, which stalled after an early touchdown by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, came alive in the fourth moment with Derrick Dillon's 71-yard TD reception.

The visitors completed the comeback triumph with a game-winning field goal by Cole Tracy at the end of time.

Auburn Rushing Attack has to improve against top tier opponents

The tigers were in terrific shape to beat LSU. They were 21-10 in the middle of the third quarter and 21-13 through the fourth quarter. However, they fought to find room on the floor, which continued to open the door for their angry opponents.

A better performance of the running game would probably have been enough to seal the deal. Instead, the home team fought hard to keep drives, a trend that continued from week 1.

The Rushing group averaged 3.3 yards each in the team's seasonal inaugural victory over the Washington Huskies. On Saturday there were 3.4 yards per attempt.

JaTarvious Whitlow and Shaun Shivers found the endzone once, so it was not a total loss for the Tiger's running backs.

That is, the Rushers as a whole have to do a better job by wiping out yards in the first and second downs to keep Jarrett Stidham out of the third and long-range air raid. It would also help to burn the clock more effectively late in the games, something Auburn had to contend with on Saturday.

LSU passing game can derail promising season

Joe Burrow has yet to throw any distraction, no doubt a positive as part of an offense, where he is charged with managing the game more than trying to win it. But the Tigers will eventually need more of him if they try to build a longer winning streak.

The junior quarterback completed 45.8 percent of his throws without touchdowns against the Miami Hurricanes in the first week. While beating two points against the cocky Southeastern Louisiana Lions last week, his graduation rate was still at 50.0 percent.

His performance Saturday has not generated much additional confidence.

Burrow went 15 out of 34 for 249 yards and one result. While some credit had to be given to the Auburn Pass-Rush, which prevented him from getting into clean pockets, his inability to consistently move the chains to the third downs was a serious problem in the top 25 bouts.

Even his touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after Dillon was followed immediately by a questionable throw in the closer coverage of the two-point conversion.

While Burrow's restrictions have not yet cost the tigers, it's hard to imagine them going through the grueling SEC schedule unless their quarterback gets more reliable from drive to drive.

SEC West remains the best league in college football

Although Auburn and LSU still have areas to show improvement over the coming months, Saturday's game was another example of SEC West's strength.

The fights up front, an often overlooked area of ​​the game, were excellent for 60 minutes, which is not surprising given the talent on both sides. That's why these teams are already winning over Washington and Miami in their respective CVs.

Adding to the ever-struggling Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State makes it difficult to find another division in the country that can compete with both the high-end teams and the depths. Creating lossless games would be an important statement.

ESPN Stats and Info highlighted the difficulty level earlier in the week:

After defeating Auburn, the LSU's chances of being at the table are still alive.

What's next?

Auburn will continue its four-home away leg away by welcoming Arkansas Razorback's SEC rival at Jordan Hare next Saturday.

The LSU is back on the field next Saturday when she returns to the Tiger Stadium for a clash with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs from the Conference USA.


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