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LSU wins nail biter at Auburn

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Auburn, Al. - LSU has now won five of their last six games against Auburn but this game, just like six of the last eight in the series, came down to the last possession.

The Tigers looked to be off to another strong start on their first offensive series but fumbled on Auburn's 2-yard line on a bad center-quarterback exchange between Zach Mettenberger and sophomore center Elliott Porter, replacing freshly-injured P. J. Lonergan.  The defense responded, getting a safety just two plays later.  The offense went 59 yards on the ensuing drive and capped it off with a 1-yard Michael Ford touchdown run.

The tides would turn in the second quarter when Mettenberger fumbled again, this time in Tiger territory.  Auburn would convert the turnover into a touchdown and cut the lead to two, then tack on a field goal before the half to take the lead, 10-9.

The game slowed down tremendously for both offenses in the second half.  Mettenberger's 12-yard pass to Kadron Boone converted a third-and-8, the first conversion for either team of the second half.

The most crucial third down of the second half would come on the Tigers' next drive when Mettenberger rolled right on third-and-4, only to throw back to running back Spencer Ware, who made one man miss before taking off on a 33-yard gain with the clock ticking down to three minutes left in the game.  LSU would eventually be stopped at the Auburn 16-yard line but didn't have any timeouts so kicker Drew Alleman had to rush a 34-yard attempt that was just wide right.

Auburn was left with 39 seconds to get into field goal range.  They moved the ball 17 yards but with five seconds, quarterback Kiehle Frazier was hurried into a short pass across the field that was intercepted by cornerback Tharold Simon.

Les Miles is now 2-2 at Auburn and appreciates the challenge of playing in the tough environment "Anytime you come down to Auburn and get a victory on the road, it's a great win.  If I look back in the times that I've been here, there have been many different scenarios that have been presented, this was just like a traditional LSU-Auburn game.  Nothing routine about it.  It was a dog fight, start to finish."

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