Bur­row comes up big again for LSU

QB throws for 321 yards, TD, runs for score in win at home

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Brett Mar­tel

BA­TON ROUGE, La. — Joe Bur­row passed for 321 yards and a touch­down, ran for an­other score, and sec­ond-ranked LSU edged No. 9 Auburn 23-20 on Satur­day.

The vic­tory en­sured LSU (8-0, 4-0 SEC) would be un­beaten head­ing into its highly an­tic­i­pated trip to Alabama on Nov. 9, which en­tered this week­end ranked No. 1.

Clyde Ed­wards-He­laire rushed for 136 yards and touch­down for LSU, which wasn’t able to put away Auburn (6-2, 3-2) un­til Der­rick Dil­lon re­cov­ered an on­side kick with 2:31 left.

While LSU’s pro­lific, up-tempo spread of­fense was able to roll up 508 yards, scor­ing proved rel­a­tively dif­fi­cult against a gritty Auburn de­fense that thwarted LSU drives into its ter­ri­tory with a pair of fourth-down stops and an in­ter­cep­tion.

LSU came in av­er­ag­ing 50.1 points per game and had not pre­vi­ously scored fewer than 36 points in a game, but Auburn’s de­fen­sive front put pres­sure on Bur­row, sack­ing him three times.

Still, Bur­row didn’t flinch when he was lev­eled along the side­line af­ter a first down scram­ble in the first half. He re­sponded by com­plet­ing five of his next six throws, end­ing with a 20-yard touch­down on a fade to Ter­race Mar­shall Jr. Bur­row com­pleted 32 of 42 passes and his eighth ca­reer 300-yard pass­ing per­for­mance gave him the

LSU QB Joe Bur­row runs for a TD dur­ing No. 2 LSU’s vic­tory over No. 9 Auburn on Satur­day.

most of any QB in LSU his­tory. Ja’Marr Chase caught eight passes for 123 yards.

Bo Nix com­pleted 15 of 35 passes for 157 yards and one late touch­down to Seth Wil­liams that gave Auburn the op­por­tu­nity to set up a mean­ing­ful on­side kick.

D.J. Wil­liams rushed for 130 yards for Auburn, which looked prime to go ahead by a touch­down in the third quar­ter when Wil­liams sprinted into the open field from his own 20.

Safety Grant Del­pit forced Wil­liams out of bounds in­side the 10, and Auburn wasn’t able to turn the 70-yard run into a TD, set­tling for a field goal and 13-10 lead.

That lead lasted un­til five min­utes re­mained in the third quar­ter, in part

be­cause of LSU de­cided against a ty­ing field goal at­tempt on fourth-and-goal from the Auburn 2, and in­stead tried a re­ceiver screen to Ja’Marr Chase that was stopped a yard short of the goal line. Later in the quar­ter, LSU again was threat­en­ing to score when Bur­row’s pass in­tended for Chase was in­ter­cepted at the Auburn 2.

That was the lat­est LSU had trailed in a game this sea­son.

LSU pushed in front by go­ing back to the run­ning game. Ed­wards-He­laire ran four straight times for gains for 45 yards, capped by a 6-yard score to put LSU in front 16-13.

Bur­row’s 7-yard rush­ing TD, cap­ping a 67-yard drive in which LSU again leaned on the run, widened the lead to 23-13.

GERALD HER­BERT/AP

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