Auburn Football: Tigers Dominated in Loss to No. 1 LSU

Matthew BrennanCorrespondent IIOctober 22, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Russell Shepard #10 of the LSU Tigers dives across the goal line to score a touchdown during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Auburn Tigers were up against a tough challenge on Saturday, facing No. 1 LSU on the road. LSU had rolled over their SEC opponents as of late and were looking to remain undefeated before their showdown with No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5.

Unfortunately for Auburn, their chances of an upset were not in the cards as LSU produced a dominating 45-10 victory. After an Auburn field goal late in the first quarter left the score 7-3, LSU proceeded to score 38 straight points to turn the game into a laugher. LSU suspended three key players prior to the game, but their absence made little difference.

Auburn’s offense has been struggling as of late, and Saturday’s game was no different. Sophomore Clint Moseley was named the new starting quarterback in order to give the offense a spark, but he was unable to make much of an impact. Moseley was 12-of-20 for 147 yards with an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. Moseley was also sacked six times. 

Auburn was also held to only 2.6 yards per rushing attempt. Michael Dyer had a decent day with 60 yards on 12 carries, but he was unable to be much of a factor with Auburn playing from so far behind.

The defense, after playing poorly earlier in the season, had begun to come around heading into the meeting with LSU. That changed on Saturday, as Auburn struggled to stop LSU on the ground as well as through the air. The LSU quarterback tandem of Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson both threw for touchdowns, and Rueben Randle scored twice and totaled 105 yards receiving. One of the suspended Tigers was leading running back Spencer Ware, but it didn’t matter, as LSU racked up 177 yards and two touchdowns in the running game.

Overall, the defense was a non-factor, as Auburn failed to get a sack or cause a turnover all afternoon while giving up five touchdowns.

Auburn’s third loss of the season all but confirms that they will not be able to challenge for the SEC crown or a BCS bowl this year. The Tigers may not have much more to play for this year other than reaching a bowl game, but they are still growing as a young team and should be able to gain something from Saturday’s loss.