Bo Nix ducked, dodged and danced away from strain till he wore LSU out and left the sphere celebrating Auburn’s first triumph in Death Valley in additional than 20 years.
Nix handed for a landing and ran for a rating and Jarquez Hunter scored on a 1-yard run with 3:11 to provide No. 22 Auburn its first lead in a 24-19 victory over LSU on Saturday evening.
It was a decided response by Nix after having doubt solid on his standing as full-time starter only a weekend earlier, when he was pulled in favor of LSU switch quarterback TJ Finley for the second half of Auburn’s comeback win over Georgia State.
“Tonight was a blast. I came in this week with a different mindset and just to be a competitor,” Nix mentioned. “I just went back to what got me here. I didn’t know how it was going to go, but I wanted to come in here focused and compete like crazy and do whatever it took.”
Auburn (4-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), which had not gained at LSU’s Tiger Stadium since 1999, secured the victory when Bydarrius Knighten intercepted Max Johnson’s fourth-down cross on the Auburn 39 with 1:09 left.
Nix pissed off LSU (3-2, 1-1) along with his toes, whether or not he was scrambling or operating by design. His 5-yard landing run early within the fourth quarter capped a sequence through which he ran on three of the ultimate 4 performs for 23 yards.
The landing pulled Auburn to 19-17 early within the fourth quarter, and that rating stood till Nix led a 92-yard, 11-play, successful drive highlighted by Hunter’s 44-yard run on a pitch to the left aspect.
Nix additionally transformed a number of prolonged scrambles behind the road of scrimmage into pivotal completions.
The very unlikely one — arguably one of many highlights in all of faculty soccer on the day — noticed Nix roll proper, spin away from a diving deal with try by security Major Burns, reverse route and use a pump faux to bounce round defensive finish B.J. Ojulari, shake his shoulders to slide one other diving deal with try by Micah Baskerville, and at last rifle a fourth-down, 24-yard landing strike to Tyler Fromm a break up second earlier than he was pulled down by linebacker Navonteque Strong alongside left sideline.
“I haven’t run around like this in a while,” Nix mentioned. “I’m going to sleep well when I get home.”
The play reduce LSU’s result in 13-7 within the second quarter. Shortly earlier than the half ended, Nix threw for first down throughout one other fourth-down scramble, establishing a discipline aim that made it 13-10.
“We couldn’t tackle Bo Nix. That’s the biggest thing,” LSU linebacker Damone Clark mentioned. “Way too many missed tackles.”
Nix completed 23 of 44 for 255 yards with no turnover. He additionally rushed for 74 yards.
Johnson was 26 of 46 for 325 yards, however LSU’s operating backs mixed for simply 46 yards on 13 carries.
“We came in with a running plan, but that really didn’t go as planned,” Johnson mentioned. “We have to score touchdowns instead of field goals.”
Auburn’s choice to strive a shock onside kick to start out the second half backfired and led to an LSU discipline aim. Later, Cade York’s fourth discipline aim of the evening — from 51 yards — made it 19-10.
LSU had jumped out to a 13-0 lead, beginning with Johnson’s 31-yard landing cross down the proper sideline to Kayshon Boutte in double protection.
Boutte’s TD catch was his ninth this season and gave him not less than one in every of LSU’s 5 video games.
In addition to getting what might be a turning level for Nix, Auburn additionally demonstrated perseverance and resilience, overcoming missed and blocked discipline objectives to snap a 10-game skid in Death Valley. Meanwhile, Auburn’s protection produced three sacks and 6 QB hurries.
LSU’s season-long struggles operating the ball resulted in a scarcity of stability that made it tough to complete drives within the pink zone. Three of York’s discipline objectives got here on drives that stalled on the Auburn 14-, 8- and 5-yard line.
“It’s just every time we try to run the football we get stuffed,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron mentioned. “We have to find some new ways to block and we have to find some people that are going to block.”
Auburn ought to climb within the AP Top 25 after a number of groups ranked forward of them misplaced, together with No. 15 Texas A&M, No. 12 Mississippi, No. 10 Florida, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 8 Arkansas.
Auburn hosts unbeaten Georgia in a renewal of “The Deep South’s oldest rivalry.”
LSU travels to Kentucky to play subsequent Saturday towards a Wildcats workforce driving excessive after a victory over Florida
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