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GAMEDAY College Football

Louisiana State 21, Auburn 17

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. - John Emery Jr. rushed for a tackle-breaking, 20-yard touchdown and Greg Brooks Jr. had a late interception to help LSU complete a 21-17, come-from-behind win over Auburn.

LSU (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 17-0 before Jayden Daniels brought the visiting Tigers back with help from Auburn blunders. It was the fourth straight win for Brian Kelly and LSU.

Auburn (3-2, 1-1) blew its second straight double-digit lead, but was bailed out by Missouri's goal line fumble in overtime last week.

There was no bailout this time.

Brooks ripped the ball away from LSU transfer Koy Moore after a catch with 2:18 left in Auburn's fourth straight failure to capitalize on a trip across midfield.

Backup quarterback Garrett Nussmeier, who came in after Daniels banged knees with an Auburn player in the fourth, was able to run out the clock.

Daniels only passed for 80 yards but also ran for 59 and a 1-yard touchdown.

Auburn's Robby Ashford passed for 337 yards and two touchdowns in his second start, including an early 53-yarder to Ja'Varrius Johnson and an 18-yarder to Camden Brown. But he lost one of his four fumbles and threw the late interception.

Emery gave LSU its first lead late in the third quarter, breaking one tackle attempt in the backfield and having three other defenders get a hand on him.

Auburn then set up first-and-goal from the 5 before disaster struck early in the fourth. First, Ashford dropped the ball and lost 5 yards, then Moore was intercepted by Harold Perkins Jr. on a trick play.

LSU whittled a 17-0 deficit down to 17-14 by halftime, a week after Auburn led Missouri 14-0 after the first quarter.

Jay Ward recovered a fumble on a strip sack forced by BJ Ojulari and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Then Auburn had a missed field goal and called two timeouts on LSU's final drive of the half, keeping it alive with a personal foul on third-and-long.

Daniels kept it for a 1-yard score with 15 seconds left.

THE TAKEAWAY

LSU: Daniels & Co. continue to win, and he continues to play interception-free ball. The Tigers could be looking at a Top 25 ranking after receiving some votes. Auburn: Has scored just six second-half points in the last three games, raising the heat on coach Bryan Harsin. A failed fourth-and-10 from LSU's 37 set up the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

INJURIES

LSU defensive back Sevyn Banks was strapped onto a stretcher and taken to a local hospital after a scary scene on the opening kickoff. LSU posted on Twitter that he underwent a series of tests at a local hospital and was released to return to the stadium.

Auburn defensive end Eku Leota was injured in the first quarter and returned to the sidelines with his right arm in a sling.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LSUAuburn
Auburn TD 12:57 Ja'Varrius Johnson 53 yd pass from Robby Ashford (Anders Carlson kick) 0 7
Second Quarter LSUAuburn
Auburn TD 14:04 Camden Brown 18 yd pass from Robby Ashford (Anders Carlson kick) 0 14
Auburn FG 9:38 Anders Carlson 29 yd FG 0 17
LSU TD 6:33 Jay Ward 23 yd fumble return (Damian Ramos kick) 7 17
LSU TD 0:15 Jayden Daniels 1 yd run (Damian Ramos kick) 14 17
Third Quarter LSUAuburn
LSU TD 3:32 John Emery Jr. 20 yd run (Damian Ramos kick) 21 17
Team Stats
  LSU Auburn
First downs 19 20
  Rushing 13 9
  Passing 2 10
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 49-185 31-101
Passing Yards 85 337
Return Yards 70 81
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-26-0 19-39-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--13 2--8
Punts 9 4
Punts-Average 44.4 46.3
Fumbles Lost 2-1 6-2
Penalties - Yards 10-94 8-80
Time of Possession 29:07 30:53
LSU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 8 20 80 0 0
G. Nussmeier 2 6 5 0 0
Auburn Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Ashford 19 38 337 2 1
K. Moore 0 1 0 0 1
LSU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Williams 17 68 4.0 0
J. Daniels 16 59 3.7 1
J. Emery Jr. 8 42 5.3 1
N. Cain 5 21 4.2 0
Auburn Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Bigsby 12 45 3.8 0
J. Hunter 6 35 5.8 0
R. Ashford 11 19 1.7 0
J. Johnson 1 4 4.0 0
LSU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Emery Jr. 1 39 39.0 0
M. Nabers 2 26 13.0 0
M. Taylor 3 14 4.7 0
K. Boutte 1 4 4.0 0
J. Bech 1 2 2.0 0
J. Williams 2 0 0.0
0
Auburn Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Johnson 3 74 24.7 1
J. Hunter 2 70 35.0 0
K. Moore 4 55 13.8 0
J. Shenker 3 42 14.0 0
T. Fromm 1 35 35.0 0
O. Kelly 1 25 25.0 0
T. Bigsby 4 18 4.5 0
C. Brown 1 18 18.0 1
LSU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Brooks Jr. 1 30
H. Perkins 1 -3
Auburn Interceptions
Player Int Yards
LSU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Bramblett 9 400 44.4
Auburn Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
O. Chapman 4 185 46.3
LSU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Auburn Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Scott 3 20 6.7
LSU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Bech 2 43 21.5
Auburn Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Hunter 2 45 22.5
K. Scott 1 16 16.0
LSU Missed FG
Player Length
Auburn Missed FG
Player Length
A. Carlson 40




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