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LSU vs. Auburn 2016 final score: 3 things we learned from Auburn's 18-13 win over LSU

Leonard Fournette tallies 101 yards on the ground but it wasn't enough to overcome the stout Auburn defense.

Auburn's defense led the way in tonight's 18-13 upset over LSU
Auburn's defense led the way in tonight's 18-13 upset over LSU
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For the first time in the young career of LSU quarterback Danny Etling, he started a true road game in the SEC. The Auburn crowd didn't take it easy on the junior, as they rallied behind the Auburn Tigers defense to hold LSU's quarterback to just 118 yards through the air en route to a 18-13 victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Once again in this matchup, Leonard Fournette was effective on the ground for LSU against Auburn, rushing for 101 yards on 16 attempts. Auburn's defense did its job for the remainder of the contest, holding LSU to 338 total yards of offense and zero points in the fourth quarter. Sean White of Auburn was outstanding in managing the Tigers to victory, going 19-26 through the air with 234 yards passing. This game marks Auburn's first win without scoring a touchdown since 2008 against Mississippi State.

Here's three things we learned from tonight's game:

1) If LSU is going to win, they need to have success through the air

In the SEC, running the ball is the obvious route to winning. Yet, if a team has a quarterback that can throw consistently for 200-300 yards per game, it can only help. Danny Etling looked like he had a chance to save LSU's season with his play the last two weeks, but now, the Tigers need three hopes and a prayer to have any chance at contending for the SEC West title.

2) Auburn's defense is legit

Carl Lawson came up with a huge sack in the fourth quarter to keep the clock running and to give Auburn a better shot at holding the lead. The defense as a whole utilized the "bend but don't break" strategy to perfection tonight, as they let LSU drive, but always made sure to buckle down on their side of the field.

3) College kickers

There were nine field goals attempted in tonight's matchup and to the surprise of nearly everyone watching, eight of them were successful. One of the key reasons why Auburn was able to win was because any possession that made it over midfield was able to be turned into points thanks to Daniel Carlson. Carlson set a school record by nailing six field goals in tonight's victory.

Next week, LSU returns home to face Missouri, while Auburn finishes up their homestand against Louisiana-Monroe.