In terms of points, it was Arkansas all over again. The 45 points that LSU scored did not represent the Auburn defense’s performance at all. Besides the two deep balls, Auburn held the LSU offense in check for most of the first half. The major problem was, you guessed it, penalties. Each of LSU’s three touchdowns in the first half came on drives that were extended by penalties. Some were stupid, some were bad luck, but either way they still happened and gave LSU new life. You can’t do that on the road when you need a miracle to win anyway.
In the second half, LSU benefited from Auburn’s first fumble of the season, and a pick-6. In four plays, they added 14 points and the game was pretty much over. The LSU offense is nothing special. They just take advantage of the easy situations that their defense gives them. When the other team can’t score, they play loose, go all out and create easy opportunities for their offense to score. Before the game was out of hand, the Auburn defense petty much stopped the LSU offense, but they can’t be expected to do it all day, especially in Tiger Stadium.