Just like a Louisiana summer, LSU was definitely sizzling in their 45-21 rout against Auburn on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.
Running back Leonard Fournette put on a spectacular performance in front of the home crowd, rushing for a career-high 228 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns. Despite being 22 yards shy of breaking the school record of most rushing yards in a game (Alley Broussard set the record against Ole Miss in 2004), Fournette gave lots of credit to the offensive line, posting a picture of them on Twitter and thanking them.
"The men that get the job done...... Thank yall," Fournette wrote.
Brandon Harris had a great day as well. The sophomore quarterback was 12-of-17 for 74 yards and a touchdown, and he carried the ball eight times for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
"Bandon Harris did exactly what we asked him to do," head coach Les Miles said. "He managed the game and managed the clock. He made plays with his feet, made plays with his arm, got us into the right play. I enjoyed how he performed."
Auburn's offense struggled immensely during the majority of the game as LSU's defense sacked quarterback Jeremy Johnson five times and intercepted him once. Johnson also fumbled the ball deep in his team's own territory following a sack by LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron (who also recovered the fumble at Auburn's five-yard line), setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Fournette, his final of the game.
At the start of the third quarter, Auburn was finally on the board following Johnson's 65-yard touchdown run after being down 24-0 at halftime. Johnson also threw nine and ten-yard touchdown passes (to Melvin Ray and D'haquille Williams, respectively) in the second half of the game, but LSU still dominated and the game was out of reach.
In the end, LSU had 485 yards of total offense, compared to Auburn's 260.
Sitting at number eight of the Associated Press poll, our boys are 24-point favorites as they face Syracuse for their next game, which will be televised on ESPN at 11 A.M. CST.