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LSU stuns No. 10 Auburn, riding clutch defense to 27-23 win

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron didn't want the game ball, turning down a chance to stick it in the faces of so many critics who think he is in over his head.

Across Tiger Stadium, Auburn fans clustered in the stands near the visitor's locker room voiced their displeasure with coach Gus Malzahn, some yelling audibly that he's ''got to go.''

Such is life in the Southeastern Conference, where a young LSU team might be changing minds - and winning back disillusioned fans - thanks to a pair of gritty victories.

D.J. Chark returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Culp kicked field goals of 42 and 36 yards inside the final three minutes, and LSU erased a 20-point deficit on its way to a 27-23 victory over No. 10 Auburn on Saturday.

''We're just becoming a football team. Our whole staff is galvanized. Our football team is galvanized,'' Orgeron said. ''We were going to be resilient. We weren't going to give up. We were going to block out the noise and we were going to fix the things that were fixable.''

LSU's defense improved dramatically in the second half, when it allowed no points and just 64 yards. That enabled LSU (5-2, 2-1) to win with special teams play.

Defensive coordinator ''Dave Aranda had ice in his veins tonight,'' Orgeron said. ''We made some mistakes very early. Other people would have tended to quit. Not us.''

Russell Gage made a diving 14-yard touchdown reception and had a 70-yard run that set up another TD in the first half, when LSU closed to 23-14 to set up a tense finish.

Kerryon Johnson rushed for 156 yards and a short TD for Auburn (5-2, 3-1), which had won four straight.

''This is an extremely tough loss from the standpoint that we got off to an extremely good start,'' said Malzahn, whose team had won its previous three SEC games by 21 points or more.

Malzahn couldn't recall Auburn losing such a big lead since he became coach in 2013.

''The biggest thing was the punt return. That really broke our back,'' he said. ''We were in pretty good shape up to that point.''

Arden Key's sack of Jarrett Stidham with 2 seconds left squelched Auburn's last hope of an improbable comeback, sending the volume in Tiger Stadium about as high as it has been this season despite an unusual number of empty seats visible for a competitive SEC game.

After LSU quarterback Danny Etling kneeled to end it, LSU players streamed wildly onto the field and then ran toward the corner of the end zone closest to their locker room to acknowledge the school's frenzied student section.

Orgeron, under heavy scrutiny since a lopsided loss to Mississippi State and an upset against Troy, calmly shook hands with Malzahn and then tossed the game ball back to Etling after the quarterback tried to give it to his coach.

''I said, `I don't want it. You get it,''' Orgeron said. ''It ain't about me. It's about them.''

Derrius Guice rushed for 71 hard yards for LSU, including a crucial third-down conversion in which he ran through a tackler at the first-down marker, setting up the go-ahead field goal.

Etling finished 13 of 24 for 206 yards and one TD. Chark had 150 yards receiving on five catches. Stephen Sullivan scored LSU's opening TD on a fourth-down end around from a yard out.

''A lot of people doubted us early in the year,'' Chark said. ''I'm just so proud of these guys. These guys didn't give up and this just shows the type of players we have.''

Stidham completed 9 of 26 passes - although some crucial ones were dropped - for 165 yards and one TD, a 49-yarder to Will Hastings.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: Because of its inability to mount any offense in the second half, Auburn missed a chance to continue climbing in the AP Poll on a weekend when several top 10 teams faltered.

LSU: Talent and effort appear to be progressively mitigating the squad's relative youth and inexperience. LSU proved it could beat one of the SEC's front-runners, and for a second straight week, LSU's defense demonstrated it could close out a tight game, having done so at Florida a week earlier.

DEATH VALLEY

Auburn had a chance to win at LSU for the first time since 1999.

''We knew there was no better opportunity than this year,'' Johnson said. ''It hurts, but it is not the end of our season. We just have to put our head downs in practice this week and get back on track.''

Meanwhile, LSU players were gratified they could execute a memorable comeback with former coach Les Miles and members of LSU's 2007 national championship team - who were honored at halftime - at the game.

''It doesn't matter what you're ranked when you come into Tiger Stadium,'' said cornerback Donte Jackson, echoing comments similar to those Miles used to say. ''Death Valley is where dreams come to die.''

UP NEXT

Auburn: Travels next week to Arkansas, which Auburn beat 56-3 last season.

LSU: LSU visits Ole Miss.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:42
34-C.Culp 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
6
yds
00:56
pos
23
27
Field Goal 2:41
34-C.Culp 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
19
yds
03:59
pos
23
24
Point After TD 14:33
34-C.Culp extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
21
Touchdown 14:53
41-A.Marshall punts 50 yards from AUB 25. 7-D.Chark runs 75 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
5
yds
00:28
pos
23
20
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:32
34-C.Culp extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
14
Touchdown 0:32
16-D.Etling complete to 83-R.Gage. 83-R.Gage runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
75
yds
01:44
pos
23
13
Field Goal 2:21
38-D.Carlson 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
57
yds
04:00
pos
23
7
Point After TD 9:19
34-C.Culp extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
7
Touchdown 9:19
10-S.Sullivan runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
90
yds
03:21
pos
20
6
Field Goal 12:56
38-D.Carlson 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
56
yds
01:09
pos
20
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:30
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
0
Touchdown 3:30
21-K.Johnson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
91
yds
04:46
pos
16
0
Point After TD 11:31
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 11:31
8-J.Stidham complete to 33-W.Hastings. 33-W.Hastings runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
52
yds
00:36
pos
9
0
Field Goal 13:13
38-D.Carlson 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
31
yds
01:47
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 14
Rushing 9 6
Passing 5 8
Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Conv 3-15 6-17
4th Down Conv 0-2 1-1
Total Net Yards 355 374
Total Plays 70 64
Avg Gain 5.1 5.8
Net Yards Rushing 194 177
Rush Attempts 46 45
Avg Rush Yards 4.2 3.9
Net Yards Passing 161 197
Comp. - Att. 9-27 13-26
Yards Per Pass 6.0 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-4 3-9
Penalties - Yards 6-26 7-61
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-40.0 7-39.7
Return Yards 66 103
Punts - Returns 1-4 2-83
Kickoffs - Returns 3-62 1-20
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 7/7
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 4/4
Safeties 0 0
1234T
10 Auburn 5-2 1760023
LSU 5-2 01401327
161 PASS YDS 197
194 RUSH YDS 177
355 TOTAL YDS 374
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
32.1% 165 1 0 93.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 1510 8 2 154.0
J. Stidham 9/28 165 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
31 156 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 660 13
K. Johnson 31 156 1 20
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 150 0
E. Stove 3 15 0 8
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 26 1
J. Stidham 6 11 0 11
K. Pettway 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 215 3
K. Pettway 4 7 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 67 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 318 3
R. Davis 2 67 0 52
W. Hastings 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 65 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 335 3
W. Hastings 3 65 1 49
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 156 1
D. Slayton 1 25 0 25
S. Cannella 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 31 0
S. Cannella 1 7 0 7
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 42 0
K. Johnson 1 1 0 1
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 162 0
E. Stove 0 0 0 0
D. Barrett 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 18 0
D. Barrett 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Davis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
D. Davis 5-1 1.0 0
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
D. Thomas 5-0 0.0 0
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 5-0 0.0 0
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
S. Roberts 4-2 0.0 0
M. Atkinson 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
M. Atkinson 4-1 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Russell 4-2 0.0 0
D. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Brown 3-2 0.0 0
J. Dinson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Dinson 3-0 0.0 0
J. Holland 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.0
J. Holland 3-1 2.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Davidson 2-1 0.0 0
N. Ruffin 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. Ruffin 2-1 0.0 0
J. Harris 85 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Harris 1-0 0.0 0
R. McBryde 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. McBryde 1-0 0.0 0
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Matthews 1-0 0.0 0
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
A. Williams 1-2 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
J. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
N. Coe 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Coe 1-0 0.0 0
T. Dean 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Dean 1-0 0.0 0
C. Davis 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
C. Davis 0-1 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Dean 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/18 28/28
D. Carlson 3/3 48 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Marshall 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 40.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 39.3 0
A. Marshall 6 40.0 0 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 20.7 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 26.1 23 0
N. Igbinoghene 3 20.7 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 7.7 4 0
S. Roberts 1 4.0 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.2% 206 1 0 140.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.2% 1252 7 1 148.1
D. Etling 13/24 206 1 0
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
R. Gage 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 71 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
102 435 5
D. Guice 20 71 0 15
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 71 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 168 1
R. Gage 2 71 0 70
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 373 5
D. Williams 6 18 0 10
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 91 0
D. Dillon 2 8 0 6
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
S. Sullivan 1 1 1 1
J. McMillan 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
J. McMillan 1 -1 0 -1
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 94 0
D. Etling 6 -9 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 150 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 535 0
D. Chark 5 150 0 39
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 168 2
R. Gage 3 28 1 14
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 79 0
D. Dillon 1 14 0 14
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 120 2
F. Moreau 2 7 0 7
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 33 0
D. Guice 1 5 0 5
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 129 0
D. Williams 1 2 0 2
D. Davis 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 134 2
D. Davis 0 0 0 0
J. Moore 18 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 25 0
J. Moore 0 0 0 0
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 102 1
S. Sullivan 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. White 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 1.0
D. White 9-2 1.0 0
G. Delpit 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
G. Delpit 7-1 0.0 0
A. Key 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
A. Key 5-1 1.0 0
G. Gilmore 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
G. Gilmore 4-3 1.0 0
E. Monroe 30 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
E. Monroe 4-1 0.0 0
C. LaCouture 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
C. LaCouture 3-2 0.0 0
K. Toliver II 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
K. Toliver II 3-1 0.0 0
C. Thompson 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
C. Thompson 3-1 0.0 0
R. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
R. Lawrence 3-2 0.0 0
A. Williams 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
A. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
D. Alexander 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Alexander 2-1 0.0 0
E. Alexander 95 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
E. Alexander 1-1 0.0 0
D. Jackson 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0
T. Taylor 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Taylor 1-1 0.0 0
K. Chaisson 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Chaisson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Culp 34 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 3/3
SEASON FG XP
6/7 9/9
C. Culp 4/4 42 3/3 15
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Growden 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 31.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
18 36.8 2
J. Growden 2 31.5 2 33
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 20.8 20 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 41.5 75 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 18.8 75 2
D. Chark 2 41.5 75 1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AUBURN 25 1:47 6 46 FG
12:07 AUBURN 48 0:36 2 52 TD
8:16 AUBURN 19 4:46 9 81 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:27 AUBURN 23 1:09 12 46 FG
9:19 AUBURN 25 1:14 3 6 Punt
6:21 AUBURN 30 4:00 11 62 FG
0:27 AUBURN 20 0:00 1 7 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:31 AUBURN 10 3:49 10 27 Punt
4:31 AUBURN 30 1:17 3 5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:58 AUBURN 20 0:28 3 5 TD
14:26 AUBURN 25 3:46 6 25 Punt
7:47 AUBURN 3 0:59 4 2 Punt
2:36 AUBURN 25 0:47 4 0 Downs
0:38 AUBURN 25 0:31 5 41 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:07 LSU 25 0:44 3 39 Fumble
11:31 LSU 25 3:02 6 20 Punt
3:30 LSU 25 1:52 3 8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:40 LSU 10 3:21 7 90 TD
7:52 LSU 29 1:24 3 4 Punt
2:16 LSU 25 1:44 8 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LSU 25 5:21 11 35 Punt
5:33 LSU 25 0:52 3 0 Punt
3:06 LSU 24 1:59 5 32 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:28 LSU 27 2:24 7 37 Punt
6:40 AUBURN 45 3:59 6 19 FG
1:38 AUBURN 25 0:56 3 6 FG
0:02 AUBURN 33 0:00 1 -2 Game