Auburn at LSU: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Auburn Tigers

Bryan ManningFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

Nick Marshall
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LSU 35, Auburn 21, FINAL.

Auburn suffers their first loss of the season and falls to 3-1. They get a week off before returning home to face Ole Miss on October 5. 

Continue to stay with us here for postgame grades and detailed postgame analysis.  

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Pass Offense: Nick Marshall hit two big plays in the passing game that led to two touchdowns. Outside of that, he was bad. The conditions and his pass protection contributed to his struggles, too. 

Run Offense: It was a very impressive performance by the Tigers in the running game. Tre Mason rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns. This unit will continue to improve.

Pass Defense: Zach Mettenberger didn't threaten Auburn down the field much in the first half. The second half was a different story as there were holes throughout Auburn's secondary. It was likely a result of trying to slow LSU's rushing attack. 

Run Defense: Auburn got better as the game wore on. However, they couldn't stop Jeremy Hill, who finished with 172 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Tackling is a major issue. 

Special Teams: Special teams hurt Auburn all night. LSU's second touchdown was a direct result of the punter fumbling the snap deep in his own territory. 

Coaching: Malzahn's playcalling was strange in the fourth quarter for a team down two touchdowns. Does he not yet trust Nick Marshall?

Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) is tripped up as he carries the ball in front of LSU Tigers safety Corey Thompson (12) in the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crysta
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Pass Offense: Nick Marshall was terribly inaccurate in the first half. Much of that can be blamed on the conditions and not having enough time to go through his progressions.

Run Offense: The Tigers weren't terrible running the ball in the first half, they were just taken out of their running game early. Tre Mason had a good first half with 43 yards on just five carries.

Pass Defense: Zach Mettenberger hasn't had to do too much in the first half. He hit one big play down the field. Auburn has gotten pressure on Mettenberger when he does drop back.

Run Defense: It was the Jeremy Hill show in the first half. Hill had several big runs, including runs of 49 and 54. Even when Auburn stacked the box, they can't stop LSU's running game.

Special Teams: A fumble by punter Steven Clark deep in Auburn territory gave LSU an easy seven points. 

Coaching: LSU has a big talent advantage, however it looks like Gus Malzahn's bunch are completely overwhelmed.