BATON ROUGE, La. — Call it the Rally at Death Valley.
Thanks to a go-ahead 42-yard field goal off the leg of Connor Culp, LSU came back from a 20-point deficit to upset No. 10 Auburn at Tiger Stadium Saturday, 27-23. The win improved LSU to 5-2 with a 2-1 record in the SEC. The loss dropped Auburn to 5-2 with a 3-1 record in SEC play.
LSU trailed by 20 points early in the second quarter after turnovers and big plays buried the home team. But behind a stifling defensive effort and impressive work from veteran skill guys DJ Chark and Derrius Guice, the Purple Tigers began to claw back. Dave Aranda’s defense held Auburn’s high-octane offense to 64 total yards in the second half, while Chark provided the spark with a couple of long catches and a special teams touchdown.
Quarterback Danny Etling was 13-for-24 with 206 yards and a touchdown pass. Guice ran 19 times for 71 yards with a long of 15. Sophomore linebacker Devin White led LSU with 14 tackles, a sack and 2 TFLs. Junior cornerback Donte Jackson sealed the game with a downfield pass breakup on fourth down with less than two minutes remaining.
After Jackson’s pass breakup, Culp added another field goal to extend LSU’s lead to four points. With 38 seconds remaining, the LSU defense held steady to clinch the win.
DJ Chark: Chark’s day didn’t start out too well. He fumbled the first time he touched the ball, leading to an Auburn score two plays later. But after that? Chark was unstoppable. The senior receiver caught five passes for 150 yards and returned an Auburn punt 75 yards for a pivotal touchdown to trim the deficit to two points.
Greg Gilmore: Against a heavy run team like Auburn, you’d expect your nose tackle to have a good day. Greg Gilmore had one and more. The big fella finished with 7 tackles, 1 sack and 1.5 TFLs as LSU kept Auburn to 4.3 yards per carry.
Grant Delpit: Without veteran safety John Battle playing alongside him, freshman safety Grant Delpit looked lost Saturday. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham burned him for a 49-yard touchdown early in the first quarter and continually targeted him through the game. Since he was targeted so often, he came away with 8 tackles and 2 pass breakups. But when you’re targeting that much as a safety, and one of your pass breakups was a dropped interception, that’s not a good thing.
Young linemen: Once again, it was a rough day for LSU’s patchwork offensive line. Auburn sacked Etling four times and finished with 6 TFLs. Filling in for K.J. Malone and Toby Weathersby, starting tackles Saahqid Charles and Adrian Magee both looked overwhelmed at times.
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