Observations from Auburn’s 21-17 loss to LSU

Agony and anguish for Auburn fans swept through Jordan-Hare Stadium when Greg Brooks Jr snagged a pass from Robby Ashford intended for Koy Moore with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter.

Auburn had one last chance to redeem the loss of a 17-0 lead before Brooks Jr grabbed the ball and ran it 30 yards to Auburn’s 45-yard line. Bryan Harsin’s team was rendered powerless to prevent LSU from finishing the game in a winning formation.

Ashford had 337 passing yards. He got off to a good start with a 53-yard pass to Ja’Varrius Johnson for Auburn’s first touchdown. His 18-yard pass to Camden Brown gave Auburn a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter against LSU.

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Anders Carlson hit a 29-yard field goal set up by a 31-yard pass to LSU transfer Koy Moore and an 11-yard reception by John Samuel Shenker.

All was well for Auburn until it wasn’t.

“We knew we had this game, and there were some opportunities,” we gave this game. We need to take better care of the ball and the defence, and we need to get more saves, obviously. We’ll keep grinding, get to work tomorrow and prepare for Georgia.

Let’s get into some observations of a disappointing loss for Auburn.

Harsin is 9-9 in his tenure on the Plains. One issue is that Auburn has lost a double-digit lead in its last five games with the SEC, returning to a 28-3 lead last season against Mississippi State. The Tigers are 1-4 in those games and needed Nathaniel Peat’s overtime fumble and a missed shot last week to beat Missouri.

Auburn hasn’t scored in the second half in consecutive games. Giving up leads and getting outplayed in the second half against conference opponents leads to the first question from the press conference about his job security in his sophomore season.

“I mean it’s — it’s my job, every day is to show up and make sure I’m ready and we’re getting this football team ready,” Harsin said when asked. he was confident he would finish the season as an Auburn. the head coach. “It doesn’t change anything, and I told the team. That’s always how I approached every day of every job I had. It will be no different.

Auburn and LSU played a penalty-laden game. Auburn had eight offenses for 80 yards. LSU committed 10 penalties for 96 yards. One of the costliest fouls for Auburn occurred in the second quarter. Auburn held a 17-7 lead with 1:43 left in the first half. Harsin called a timeout after LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels gained three yards on LSU 23’s first down and called a second timeout after LSU lost three yards on second down.

Harsin was trying to get the ball back with some time left on the clock for a possible score. That made sense, considering LSU had 73 yards in the first half going into 3rd and 10 plays. Derick Hall was called for illegal hands to face a 15-yard penalty on an incomplete pass. Hall was trying to get past a taller offensive lineman, and the referees threw the flag.

“Any time you have a chance to stop the,m and there’s a penalty that extends the drive, obviously that’s going to impact your team,” Harsin said of the third down. “So those ended up being hurtful. Again, we send these exhibits (to the SEC Conference Office for review) weekly. I couldn’t tell you right now if that was the case or not, but the flag was thrown, and it hit us hard on this road.

LSU scored a touchdown on a Daniels quarterback, sneaking in nine players to cap a scored drive. Auburn had a chance to take a 20-7 lead if Carlson didn’t miss a 40-yard field goal for a three-point lead after taking a 17-0 first-half lead. Auburn led 17-14 at halftime.

LSU scored its first touchdown on a strip-sack in the second quarter. Auburn allowed four turnovers to one by LSU.

I think the story of the game comes down to turnovers, that’s what it comes down to, and you look at the numbers there,” Harsin said. We put the ball on the ground too many times, and they won the turnover battle tonight.

– Wide receiver Koy Moore threw a costly interception on a trick play in the fourth quarter. It’s hard to blame Moore because there’s a reason he’s not a quarterback; however, the throw was ill-advised.

“We were trying to give our point guards a chance to go out there and make plays,” Harsin said. This one didn’t follow our path, but several others did. That’s the story of the game.”

Moore had a similar game last week against Missouri. He made a better choice and ran for a 20-yard gain with no open receivers. Against LSU, he threw double coverage and was picked.

Auburn had opportunities to win but couldn’t finish LSU. Despite all the mistakes, the Tigers fought until the end. Donovan Kaufman forced a fumble which Jayson Jones recovered with less than five minutes left in the game. Kaufman gave Auburn’s offense another chance two plays after a missed punt from Keionte Scott with Auburn down three points.

Ashford threw for two touchdowns. He also fumbled four times, losing one, and threw the game-ending interception in the fourth quarter. It’s imperative to remember that this was his second start to college. Ashford showed a lot of promise despite his mistakes. If Ashford continues to grow, there could be hope for Auburn in the future.

Auburn ends the five-game homestand 3-2, 1-1 in SEC play. Wins against Mercer, San Jose State and Missouri were uninspiring, while a 29-point loss and 17-point lead against LSU is a sobering dose of reality. Next up for Auburn is a visit to defending national champion UGA.

“We turn the page tomorrow. We want to be 2-0 in the SEC, and we’re not, we’re 1-1. But it’s still early in the season, and we’re going to get to work tomorrow, prepare for Georgia and be a better team next Saturday.

Nubyjas Wilborn covers Auburn for Alabama Media Group.

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