Tracy’s Walk-Off Caps LSU’s Comeback Win at No. 7 Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. -- Cole Tracy made a 42-yard field goal as time expired, as the No. 12-ranked LSU football team defeated Auburn, 22-21, on Saturday on The Plains.
LSU (3-0, 1-0 SEC) has knocked off two top-10 opponents - No. 8 Miami and No. 7 Auburn - in the first three weeks of the 2018 season, each away from Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers will return home to face Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets are available at www.LSUtix.net.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, a transfer from Ohio State, earned his first SEC victory in the most hostile of environments, as the visiting Tigers won at Auburn for the first time since 2012.
Burrow was 15-of-34 passing for 249 yards including a 71-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Dillon that pulled LSU within two points with 8:18 to play.
On the final drive of the game, he led the Tigers on a 14-play, 52-yard drive that used the final 5:38 of the clock and ended with a 42-yard field goal that split the uprights with the clock at 0:00.
Save 21-straight points by Auburn in a 10-minute segment of the game spanning the second and third quarters, LSU’s defense controlled the majority of the game. Auburn was held scoreless in the first 24:54 and the final 25:38 of the game.
Running back Nick Brossette led LSU with 69 rushing yards on 19 carries, while Burrow had 22 net yards on 10 carries including a sack. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a team-best 97 yards on five catches, while Dee Anderson added 41 yards on three grabs including a key fourth-down catch to keep LSU’s final drive alive.
Tracy, a senior graduate transfer from Division II Assumption College, made 3-of-4 field goals with makes from 33, 27 and the game-winner of 42 yards. His miss was from 53 yards in the first quarter.
Safety Grant Delpit led LSU with 10 tackles, while linebackers Devin White and Jacob Phillips each had eight. Both Delpit and Greedy Williams had interceptions.
LSU outgained Auburn, 370-328, converted 8-of-20 third downs and overcame a season-high nine penalties for 91 yards. Auburn also had nine penalties for 111 yards, including a key pass interference penalty that setup LSU’s winning field goal.