It wasn’t a pretty game for Auburn.
LSU’s first score came on the heels of a Jarrett Stidham interception during Auburn’s first drive of the game. Stidham finished the game 16/28 for 198 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Auburn ran the ball relatively well, with freshman running back JaTarvious Whitlow rushing for 104 yards on 22 caries with one touchdown. Whitlow looks like he is starting to settle into Gus Malzahn’s offense, and better yet — he didn’t turn over the football against LSU.
The Auburn defense gave up 367 yards of total offense, but they couldn’t make stops when stops counted the most. While no one would argue that LSU QB Joe Burrow is a Heisman contender, Auburn made him look pretty darn good. Burrow finished his day with 249 passing yards and one touchdown. 97 of those yards went to sophomore wideout Justin Jefferson.
Gus Malzahn’s team turned the ball over twice and earned 111 yards worth of penalties. It’s hard to beat anyone when that happens, but LSU is talented and well-coached, which makes it even harder.
Auburn’s next two games are at home against Arkansas and Southern Miss, but there is a lot to clean up before hitting the road against Mississippi State and proving to be a contender in the SEC West.