Nick Marshall was 14-22 passing for 207 yards and rushed for 119 yards on 16 carries, while Cameron Artis-Payne ran for 126 yards, and the Auburn Tigers cruised for one of the most convincing victories in series history on Saturday night.
Nine different Auburn Tigers caught passes on the night, with Nick Marshall throwing two touchdown passes. The first touchdown of the night was on a beautiful pass, catch, and finish by Marshall to Sammie Coates. Coates - who has been hampered by injury all season - stepped up in a big way with four receptions for 144 yards. Marshall's other touchdown pass was to a wide-open CJ Uzomah who brought a tear to every Auburn fan's eyes with his rendition of the Lutzie after his score honoring former Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen.
While the offense rolled better than it has all season, the story of the game may be Auburn's defense. LSU failed to convert a single 3rd down during the game, going 0-13 on the night. LSU was held to 280 yards total offense and did not score after their first touchdown late in the 1st quarter.
With everyone in the rankings ahead of Auburn other than FSU losing on Saturday, Auburn will likely face a top-10 match-up next weekend in Starkville. For all of the worry Auburn fans have expressed over the previous two games, it's hard to argue with the way the Tigers performed Saturday night. The SEC race from here on in is going to get very interesting.
For tonight, Auburn fans should celebrate a convincing victory and then get ready for a very tough test in Starkville next weekend.