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Countdown to Kickoff: 18 Days

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That last thing you want to see on the clock in Jordan-Hare when facing Gus Malzahn is one second...

Whenever Auburn and LSU meet on the gridiron, things are bound to get weird.

That was no different September 24th, 2016 when Les Miles brought a 2-1 Tigers squad to face a 1-2 Tigers squad. Both coaches entered the contest on the hot seat. LSU had attempted the “maybe our defense can score all the points” strategy in a week one loss to Wisconsin while Auburn had gone for the more innovative “play as many QBs at once strategy” vs Clemson. The buzz heading into the game was the coach that lost would be the most likely to be sent to the exit that season. Turns out that assumption was right though the exit proved much earlier than imagined...

As for the game itself, it was an odd one. Auburn was pretty dang good in between the 20 yard lines. The Tigers put together five 50+ yard drives, racked up just under 400 yards of offense and converted 8 of 19 3rd down attempts. They scored zero touchdowns....

On the other side of the ball, LSU piled up over 200 yards of rushing but they too struggled to find paydirt. Their lone first quarter touchdown would be the only six point score of the day. The rest was all Daniel Carlson vs Colby Delahoussaye. The long named man stood no chance.

Carlson successfully connected on all six of his attempts that day. His long going for 51 yards but the other five were from 29, 29, 31, 37 and 27 which shows that Auburn did in fact move the football. They just could not figure out how to do that thing where you put the ball in the endzone. However, Carlson’s victims that day not only included the LSU football team but the face of a poor photographer who made the ill advised decision to try and catch the kickoff...

Thankfully, the young lady was ok and actually turned that moment into a tv appearance on Tosh.0.

But what this game is most known for is how it ended. LSU put together a last ditch drive that took them to the Auburn 20 yard line. From there, chaos ensued.

Thank the CFB heavens for instant replay. Also LOL at how happy that announcer was for a brief moment and how hard they tried to make it appear that LSU did not in fact get the ball off in time. The Tigers roared indeed...

Auburn’s victory would spell the end for the Mad Hatter. Not long after the wild conclusion word came down that the powers that be at LSU had decided to move on. Miles was canned and Ed Orgeron was given the interim job which would later turn into a full time gig. There is no denyng that the Auburn-LSU rivalry delivers on the drama year in and year out.

18 days till kickoff! War Eagle!