LSU Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 4 Game vs. Auburn

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2012

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Spencer Ware #11 of the LSU Tigers rushes downfield after a reception against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It wasn't pretty.

In fact, it was downright ugly.

But when the clock hit zero on Saturday night and LSU players looked up on the scoreboard, whether it was 12-10 or 52-3, a win is a win, and Les Miles' team will take it.

The Tigers defense stepped up in a 12-10 slugfest over Auburn in LSU's 2012 SEC opener.

With that said, let's go ahead and break down the winners and losers from LSU's Week 4 win over Auburn.

1. Winner: LSU Run Defense

If LSU was going to win this game, they had to hold Auburn's run game in check.

Well, Les Miles' team was able to do just that. The Tigers held Auburn's top back, Onterio McCalebb, to just 24 yards on 11 carries, an average of 2.2 yards per carry. As a team, Auburn rushed for 86 yards and averaged less than three yards per carry as a unit.

The streak continues, as LSU has yet to let a team rush for more than 100 yards in a single game this season.

This run defense is as good as it gets in college football, and they were special again Saturday night in a huge SEC opener at Auburn.

2. Loser: Kiehl Frazier

Frazier won the starting quarterback job for Auburn this year and has been rather average up to this point.

This game certainly didn't help his chances of keeping that starting spot.

Frazier completed just 13 of 22 passes for 97 yards with no touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions in the loss.

Of course, this could also be a credit to LSU's outstanding defense, but either way, Frazier was certainly not a winner in this one as Auburn falls to 1-3 on the season. 

3. Winner: Spencer Ware

We saw Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard shine in the first three weeks of the season, but Week 4 belonged to LSU running back Spencer Ware.

The junior halfback rushed for a game-high 90 yards in the win. He served as the Tigers' workhorse back, carrying the ball 16 times and averaging 5.6 yards per carry. 

Ware also had a huge 33-yard reception late in the game on a key third down, which helped seal the victory for the Tigers.

You're next, Michael Ford.

4. Loser: Russell Shepard

Yes, I know this is beginning to sound like a broken record, but Russell Shepard's lack of production is becoming laughable at this point.

For the second time this season, Shepard was held without a catch. The former 5-star recruit now has just four catches for 79 yards and no touchdowns through four games this season.

Shepard continues to fall down the depth chart as guys such as Odell Beckham Jr., James Wright, Jarvis Landry and Kadron Boone have all outperformed Shepard up to this point this season.

The fact that there was so much hype surrounding this guy has to make his lack of production that much more upsetting to LSU fans and coaches.

5. Winner: Sam Montgomery

Montgomery is sure making everyone who picked him as a preseason All-American look pretty darn good after four games this season.

Montgomery had another outstanding performance in this one, including 3.5 tackles for loss and his second sack of the season.

Early on in the first quarter, Montgomery blew by Auburn's offensive line and tackled Auburn RB Tre Mason in the end zone for a safety and the first points of the game. Well, it turned out those two points were the deciding mark in the 12-10 final outcome.

Montgomery led the way for this LSU defense, which held Auburn in check all night long. In fact, of Auburn's 52 offensive plays, 14 resulted in negative yards and two in interceptions. 

That is the sign of a dominant defense, and it all starts and ends with the outstanding play of All-American defensive end Sam Montgomery. 


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