Leonard Fournette raced 71 yards on the game’s very first snap, and it’s been pretty much all Bayou Bengals from there. No. 13 LSU leads No. 18 Auburn 24-0 at the break in Baton Rouge.
Brandon Harris rushed in from two yards out three snaps after Fournette’s dash, and he put the purple-and-gold Tigers up 14-0 when he found Colin Jeter on a one-yard play-action lob at the 1:39 mark of the first quarter. The toss capped a 13-play, 78-yard, 7-minute and 33-second march by LSU, emblematic of an Auburn defense that has struggled to handle LSU’s ground-and-pound offense without star pass rusher Carl Lawson. It was the second time in two games LSU has staked itself to a 14-0 lead after one quarter.
LSU added a 32-yard Trent Domingue field goal at the 6:54 mark of the second quarter, and Fournette blew the game open – as if it wasn’t already – with a 40-yard sprint through Auburn’s secondary with 2:10 to go before the break.
Fournette has rushed 15 times for a career-high 169 yards, and the Tigers have bulled for 265 yards as a team through one half.
Auburn, meanwhile, has been the same mess it’s always been through nearly a quarter of this 2015 season. Jeremy Johnson found LSU safety Jamal Adams for one interception (his sixth already this season) and should’ve had another, as the sophomore watched what would’ve been a pick six just before the half bound off his numbers and hit the Les Miles buffet that is the Tiger Stadium grass. He’s 6-of-12 for 36 yards. Auburn has rushed 14 times for 34 yards and has yet to run a play in LSU territory.
Overall, LSU outgained Auburn 307-70 in the half.
Auburn will receive the ball to open the second half.