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

Chris StephensCorrespondent IISeptember 21, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Luke Wollet #39 of the Kent State Golden Flashes tries to tackle Anthony Jennings #10 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  LSU defeated Kent State 45-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Final: LSU 35, Auburn 21

LSU received a scare, but in the end it held on to beat Auburn for their first SEC win of the year.

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Final Game Analysis of the LSU Tigers

Pass Offense: Zach Mettenberger went 14-for-22 for 229 yards and one touchdown. Up big in the second half, the offense got lackadaisical, allowing Auburn to have a chance in the end. That attitude falls on the quarterback. 

Rush Offense: Jeremy Hill had 183 rushing yards and three touchdowns to lead the day. He had 151 yards at halftime, so the second half was a bit of a struggle, but then again, the rest of the offense struggled in the half.

Pass Defense: The defensive secondary came up with two interceptions, but gave up 193 yards in the second half, allowing Auburn to get back into the game.

Rush Defense: It looked as if the LSU defense would hold Tre Mason down all game. Then the second half came along and finished with 139 yards.

Special Teams: The LSU special teams didn't have to do too much. They averaged 38.2 yards per punt and made five extra points.

Coaching: The coaching staff did a horrible job at keeping the team motivated in the second half. There's no reason Auburn should have even felt like they had a chance.

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jarvis Landry #80 of the LSU Tigers dives for a touchdown after avoiding a tackle by Ryan White #19 of the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Ima
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First-Half Analysis of the LSU Tigers

Pass Offense: With the running game moving so well, quarterback Zach Mettenberger hasn't had to do much. He's only completed five passes for 69 yards. 

Rush Offense: Jeremy Hill has 151 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He's simply dominating and there's nothing the Auburn defense can do about it. The one knock is the fumble by Terrance Magee, which stopped an LSU drive in the red zone.

Pass Defense: Nick Marshall is 6-for-16 for 31 yards and one interception. His longest completion is nine yards. Simply put—the pass defense is dominating.

Rush Defense: Auburn has 73 yards rushing on the ground, but LSU has also caused a fumble. LSU is showing why it has one of the best defenses in the country.

Special Teams: Special teams may be the biggest knock on the Tigers right now. Two punts for an average of 34 yards won't do, especially against tougher competition.

Coaching: Not much coaching has been needed in this game. LSU is controlling both lines of scrimmage.