September 20, 2008

LSU wins ground-game battle

Run the ball on offense and stop the run on defense.

It's a simple philosophy Auburn has used to win a number of games during Tommy Tuberville's 10 years on the Plains.

But Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium, No. 6 LSU turned the tables on No. 10 Auburn and used that simple philosophy to pull out a 26-21 road win and move into the driver's seat in the SEC West race.

LSU rushed for 178 yards on 38 carries against AU, including a big game from Charles Scott, who finished with 132 yards on 21 carries, many right through the middle of AU's defense.

"If you don't stop the run, you can't win a football game like this," Auburn defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads said. "We didn't control the gaps. We didn't fit. We didn't tackle very well. They had some nice play-action passing and then they hit you with the trick play."

AU held up fairly well against the powerful LSU rushing attack in the first half, giving up 89 yards on 24 carries (3.7 avg.). AU also gave up 89 yards in the second half but they came on 14 carries (6.4 avg.).

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