BATON ROUGE, La. — Auburn junior wide receiver Jaylon Denson went down with an apparent injury to his left knee on the game’s first possession and was carted off the field. He did not return to action.
In his postgame press conference, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn didn't have an update on Denson's condition.
"He got carted off," Malzahn said. "That's never good."
Denson was running open in the right flat for a Nick Marshall pass, but the pass was underthrown in rainy conditions. When Denson stretched back to try to catch it, he slipped, went down on the turf then grabbed his left knee.
He entered the game with three catches for 45 yards on the season.
“Earthquake Game” anniversary
At the end of the first quarter, LSU marked the 25 anniversary of the “Earthquake Game,” LSU’s 7-6 victory over Auburn in on Oct. 8, 1988.
A video showing Tommy Hodson’s game-winning, 11-yard touchdown pass Eddie Fuller on a fourth-down play aired on the stadium’s main scoreboard video screen.
The play touched off a raucous celebration from the crowd of 79,431 in Tiger Stadium. According to legend, it registered as an earthquake by seismograph located in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex, located about 1,000 feet from the stadium.
The reading was discovered the morning after the game by LSU seismologist Don Stevenson, who submitted it to the Louisiana Geological Survey.
Stevenson displayed a copy of the reading on his office window, and the copy was seen by an ESPN crew in 1991. ESPN did a piece on what the network called “The Earthquake Game.”
Hodson was named an honorary captain for Saturday’s game.
Lineup moves and injuries
According to a report on ESPN’s College Gameday this morning, defensive end Craig Sanders suffered an undisclosed off-field incident which kept him from traveling with the team. Malzahn refused to update his status aside from saying the senior was "banged up."
Cornerback Chris Davis, who sat out last week’s game, didn't make the trip, either.
"I think we’ll have a good chance getting him back in the near future," Malzahn said.
Auburn’s Dee Ford, who played for the first time this season last Saturday, was back in the starting lineup at defensive end, while Ben Bradley started in Jeff Whitaker’s place at defensive tackle once again.
For LSU, Jeremy Hill got the nod at running back, while true freshman Tre’Davious White was in the starting lineup at cornerback. It marked the freshman’s second career start, and second consecutive, after last week’s game versus Kent State.
Retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal was recognized during the second quarter of Saturday’s game. The former LSU Tiger was announced as “Dr. Shaq,” as he received his doctorate in education in May 2012 from Barry University.
O’Neal was in town for his annual charity golf tournament, which took place Friday. Funds from the tournament go to the Shaquille O’Neal Life Skills Program at LSU, which helps student-athletes prepare for life after college.
O’Neal played for the Tigers from 1989-1992, being named an All-American twice and leading the nation in rebounding in 1991 with 14.7 boards per game. His No. 33 jersey was later retired by LSU.
He came back to complete his bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2000.
After his college career, he was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, and captured four championships in his career, three with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000-02) and one with the Miami Heat (2006). He also won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2000.
With his 132 rushing yards Saturday night, Tre Mason moved into 26th place on the school's all-time list, giving him 1,501 for his career. He edged past four players in Auburn's record book during the game: Mitzi Jackson (1,373 yards from 1973-75), Monk Gafford (1,414 yards from 1940-42), Cam Newton (1,473 yards in 2010) and Tommy Lorino (1,486 yards from 1956-58). ... Saturday's game marked the third time Mason scored two touchdowns in a single outing. ... Two Auburn receivers set career-highs in the loss. Sammie Coates had 139 yards receiving (his most in a single game) on four receptions. It was his first time with more than 100 yards receiving and the first for an Auburn receiver since Emory Blake had 104 yards against Georgia last season. Coates also became the first Auburn pass-catcher aside from Blake to record 100 yards receiving in a game since 2010. Sophomore Ricardo Louis had a personal-best five catches (for 24 yards). ... Cornerback Ryan White forced a fumble and recovered it himself in the first quarter. It was both the first forced fumble and first fumble recovery of the senior's career. ... Center Reese Dismukes was a team captain for the fourth time in as many games. Davis had also earned the designation for Auburn's first three contests, but in his absence Saturday, fellow senior Dee Ford took on the title.