BATON ROUGE, La. -- Before Tre Masons fumble on a kickoff in the third quarter Saturday, Auburn hadnt lost a fumble all season.
No team -- not even an LSU team that has committed only three turnovers this season -- could claim that distinction. Auburn was the last team left in the Football Bowl Subdivision without a lost fumble.
But free safety Eric Reid took a bead on the freshman return man and knocked the ball loose to set up LSUs fifth touchdown.
Our margin for error is zero, Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. Were not good enough for negative things to happen to us and consistently overcome them.
Clark comes back to earth
Auburn punter Steven Clark had received high praise for his work this season, but he turned in arguably his worst performance against LSU.
Clark punted seven times for a 35.1-yard average. He came into the game averaging 41.2 yards per punt and having a reputation for winning the field-position battle with unreal hang time.
Clarks hang time was fine Saturday, but he didnt get enough distance on his punts. He had two punts of 24 yards, a 30-yard punt and a 33-yarder.
Reed back in action
Wide receiver Trovon Reed had been out of action since suffering a shoulder injury against Florida Atlantic, but he made a return to the field against LSU.
Wearing a sleeve on his left arm, Reed turned a quick throw from Clint Moseley into a 25-yard gain up the right sideline and took a vicious hit from LSU cornerback Ron Brooks out-of-bounds.
Reed got up slowly, then returned to the game in the second half and caught a fourth-quarter pass from Moseley.
Wide receiver Emory Blake warmed up but didnt play for the second straight week.
Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahns wife, Kristi, tweeted that LSUs fans were less than welcoming. And they are excited to see us, Kristi tweeted. Throwing gifts and telling us we are number one!***cough cough.
LSUs offensive line changed to rubber shoes because of the rough turf. Divots and tears pockmarked the field.