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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

Auburn football: Keys to Auburn's loss at LSU

- kprice@ledger-enquirer.com
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KEY PLAYER

LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle. The junior torched Auburn’s secondary with a pair of long touchdown catches in the final 5 minutes of the second quarter. The first one from 42 yards and the second was 46.

KEY MOMENT

With five-plus minutes to go in the first half, Auburn trailed by only four points, 7-3, and its defense was playing well. Then backup quarterback Jordan Jefferson hit Rueben Randle on a 42-yard pass down the left sideline. That opened the floodgates as LSU outscored Auburn 35-0 over 12:33 of playing time for a 42-3 lead.

KEY STAT

162 yards. Until a late drive near the end of the game when the outcome had well been decided, LSU had held Auburn to 162 yards of offense. The Tigers’ lone touchdown drive of the game went 86 yards and ended on Onterio McCalebb’s 2-yard run with 2:22 left in the game.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

”I have never been under that much pressure.” -- Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley, who was sacked six times in the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

93,098

The announced attendance for Saturday’s game was 93,098. It was the second-largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history. The largest was 93,129 in 2009. That day LSU lost to Florida.

35

LSU’s margin of victory was the largest in the series against Auburn. The previous mark was 28 in a 35-7 victory in 1972.

6

LSU’s defense recorded six sacks, the most for LSU since they had the same number in a 27-3 win at Vanderbilt in 2010.

3

LSU has won each of its last three SEC games by 30 or more points -- 45-10 over Auburn, 38-7 over Tennessee and 41-11 over Florida.

-- Kevin Price

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