Bo Knicks passed for a touchdown and ran for a score and Jarquez Hunter scored a 3-yard run with a 3:11 to give No. 22 Auburn his first lead and a 24-19 win over LSU on Saturday night.
Baton Rouge, La. – Bo Knicks passed for a touchdown and ran for a score and Jarquez Hunter scored a 1:11 1-yard run to give No. 22 Auburn his first lead and a 24–19 win over LSU. Saturday night.
Auburn (4–1, 1–0 Southeastern Conference), which had not won at LSU’s Tiger Stadium since 1999, won when Bydarius Knighton hit Max Johnson’s pass in Auburn 39 with 1:09 to finish fourth. but stopped.
The Knicks disappointed the LSU (3-2, 1-1) with their feet, whether by scrambling or running by design. His 5-yard touchdown ran into the start of the fourth quarter, capping a series in which he ran for 23 yards on three of the final four plays.
The touchdown dragged Auburn to 19-17 at the start of the fourth quarter, and the score remained the same until the Knicks led a 92-yard, 11-play, winning drive, followed by Hunter’s 44-yard run. Highlighted on a pitch to the left.
Ducking under the tacklers or rolling away from them, the Knicks converted several extended scrambles into decisive perfection behind the line of scrimmage.
The most unlikely game of its kind—arguably one of the highlights of college football that day—seeed the Knicks spin away from multiple pass rushers, traverse more than half the width of the field, and strike a fourth-down touchdown strike for Tyler Froome moments. Rifle done. Before that he was surrounded by defenders on the left.
The play cut LSU’s lead to 13-7 in the second quarter. Shortly before the end of the half, the Knicks threw down first during another fourth-down scuffle, setting up a field goal that made it 13–10.
The Knicks finished 23 for 44 for 255 yards without a turnover. He also ran for 74 yards.
Johnson was 26 of 46 for 325 yards, but LSU’s running back combined for just 46 yards on 13 carries.
Auburn’s decision to try a surprise onside kick to start the second half backfired and led to an LSU field goal. And Cade York’s 51-yard field goal made it 19-10.
LSU jumped to a 13-0 lead, starting with Johnson’s 31-yard touchdown from the right edge of the Keeshon bout in double coverage. The big play came soon after LSU lost on a poor shotgun snap from 22 yards.
The touchdown catch was his ninth of the bout this season and he made at least one catch in each of LSU’s five matches.
Auburn got the enthusiastic response he wanted from the Knicks after he was pulled in favor of LSU transfer TJ Finlay during the second half of last week’s comeback win over Georgia State. Auburn also displayed tenacity and resilience, overcoming a missed field goal and a blocked field goal to eventually snap a 10-game skid in Death Valley. Meanwhile, Auburn’s defensive front was able to apply relentless pressure to come up with three sacks and six QB hastily.
LSU’s continued struggle in the ongoing game resulted in a lack of balance which made it difficult to finish the drive in the red zone. Of York’s four field goals, three came on stalled drives at the Auburn 14-, 8- and 5-yard line.
Auburn should climb a few spots in the AP Top 25 after losing several teams, including Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Texas A&M.
Auburn hosts unbeaten Georgia in a renewal of “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”.
LSU No. 10 travels to Kentucky to play against the Wildcats team the following Saturday after a win over Florida.
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