No. 22 Auburn rallies for first road win against LSU since ‘99; Bayou Bengals fall 24-19

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) dives for a touchdown against LSU on Oct. 2, 2021.
Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) dives for a touchdown against LSU on Oct. 2, 2021.(Josh Auzenne | WAFB)
Published: Oct. 2, 2021 at 6:15 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2021 at 12:09 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - No. 22 Auburn won its first game on the road against LSU since 1999, with a 24-19 come-from-behind victory in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Auburn (4-1, 1-0 SEC) trailed LSU (3-2, 1-1 SEC), 13-0, at one point.

Quarterback Bo Nix got the start for Auburn after being benched in the third quarter of the team’s comeback win against Georgia State a week ago. He led Auburn in passing and rushing. He finished with 255 yards and a touchdown through the air and 74 yards on 12 carries and another score on the ground.

Nix converted two crucial fourth downs against LSU that included his touchdown toss that cut LSU’s lead to 13-7.

After forcing a punt by Auburn, LSU quickly got things started as Max Johnson connected with Kayshon Boutte for 55 yards after the first play of the game. The Tigers quickly built momentum off of the play, as Johnson found Boutte between two defenders from 31 yards out to put LSU up 7-0.

Boutte finished the first drive with three receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown.

The Tigers later added three more points to their lead to make it 10-0. York was true on his 13th straight field goal attempt after a 33 yarder. LSU later forced a turnover on downs but eventually had to kick another field goal to make it 13-0.

Auburn later responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Nix to Tyler Fromm 24-yard touchdown pass on fourth and two to make it 13-7. Auburn later added a 49-yard field goal from Andres Carlson to make it 13-10 at the half.

LSU’s first drive of the third quarter ended with another field goal from York. This one was from 22 yards out to make it 16-10. It was the second time LSU failed to convert from inside the Auburn 10-yard line.

Auburn later tried to cut into LSU’s lead with a field goal of its own but Jay Ward blocked it to keep LSU up by six.

LSU again settled for a field goal from York, a 51-yarder, to make it 19-10. Auburn then answered with a Nix five-yard touchdown run to make it 19-17.

After three straight LSU punts, Auburn finally took its first and only lead of the game on a Jarquez Hunter one-yard touchdown run to make it 24-19.

LSU’s final drive of the game ended with a Johnson interception. LSU will look to rebound against undefeated Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Lexington.

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