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Auburn football: Keys to Tigers' win over LSU

GAMELINE

KEY PLAYER

Who else? Auburn quarterback Cam Newton established himself as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner by running for 217 yards and two touchdowns against an LSU defense that was No. 1 in the conference stopping the run entering the day. You’ll see his weaving 49-yard touchdown on highlights for the rest of the season.

KEY MOMENT

After Auburn turned over the ball on downs, LSU faced third-and-6 at its 44 with less than 7 minutes to play and the game tied. Auburn’s defense wasn’t lined up, but defensive tackle Nick Fairley sacked Jordan Jefferson for a 9-yard loss, forcing LSU to punt.

KEY DECISION

With the game on the line, Auburn pulled out a play that has been successful all year: the jet sweep. Tied at 17, running back Onterio McCalebb lined up wide and went in motion, taking only his fourth handoff of the game. The fastest player on the team got a head of steam and found the edge, racing 70 yards for the winning touchdown with 5:05 left in the game.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“There’s a want in every football player to take someone on, and that’s what we did. Sometimes, when that person is 250 pounds, it can be a little much.” — LSU coach Les Miles on tackling Newton.

BY THE NUMBERS

8-0

Auburn’s record for the first time since 2004 and the eighth time in school history.

440

Rushing yards by Auburn, fifth on the school’s all-time list and its most against an SEC opponent.

402

Rushing yards LSU’s top-ranked SEC rushing defense had allowed against its previous four conference opponents combined.

27

Touchdowns accounted for by Newton this season, breaking Pat Sullivan’s 40-year-old record of 26.

7.5

Sacks this season by Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, most in the conference.

— Andy Bitter

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