No. 22 Auburn rallies for 24-19 comeback win at LSU

Football By: Jeff Shearer

BATON ROUGE, La. – Another week, another game-changing touchdown pass on fourth down. 

Bo Nix avoided four LSU rushers before finding Tyler Fromm for a 24-yard pass on fourth-and-2 for Auburn’s first points, Jarquez Hunter scored a late touchdown, and Bydarrius Knighten’s interception sealed Auburn’s 24-19 comeback victory over LSU on Saturday before 97,717 at Tiger Stadium.

Hunter capped a 92-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give Auburn its first lead with 3:11 to play. Hunter’s 44-yard run was the drive’s key play. The freshman led Auburn with 80 yards on six carries.

Knighten intercepted LSU on fourth-and-6 to secure Auburn’s first victory at Tiger Stadium since 1999.

Trailing 13-0 late in the second quarter, Nix rolled right, scrambled left and found Fromm running free in the end zone near the Auburn fan section, a highlight-reel play that energized the visitors’ sideline.

Auburn trimmed LSU’s lead to 13-10 before halftime on Anders Carlson’s 49-yard field goal. 

Nix completed 23 of 44 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown and added 74 rushing with yards on 12 carries.

Cade York kicked a pair of field goals in the third quarter to give LSU a 19-10 lead heading to the final quarter.

Nix scored on a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive and pull Auburn within two points at 19-17.

Tight ends figured prominently in Auburn’s offense, with John Samuel Shenker making five catches for 102 yards and Fromm adding three for 40.

Zakoby McCain led the Tigers’ defense with 11 tackles. Derick Hall added eight tackles and 1.5 sacks. After allowing a touchdown on LSU’s first possession, Auburn kept LSU out of the end zone the rest of the game.

LSU built a 13-0 lead on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Max Johnson to Kayshonn Boutte and a pair of York second-quarter field goals before Nix’s razzle dazzle. 

Auburn defeated Georgia State the previous week on a fourth-down touchdown pass from T.J. Finely to Shedrick Jackson.

Auburn returns to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday to play No. 2 Georgia in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry at 2:30 p.m. CT. on CBS and the Auburn Sports Network.

Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: @jeff_shearer

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