BATON ROUGE — LSU running back Leonard Fournette had 228 of the Tigers’ 411 rushing yards, as the 13th-ranked Fightin’ Tigers battered No. 18 Auburn, 45-21, on Saturday afternoon in Tiger Stadium.
LSU (2-0, 2-0 SEC) built a 24-0 lead over Auburn (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at halftime and was able to answer all of the visiting Tigers’ advances over the final 30 minutes of play.
“I’ll tell you one thing, Leonard sure likes playing,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “He did some things today where I said ‘wow’. He took one of their tackles and threw him into another tackle and still came out in the other end. When you have a big back who can really move his feet, at times it can be very difficult to tackle him.”
The homestanding Tigers – which beat Auburn in Tiger Stadium for the eighth-straight time – take to the road to face Syracuse (3-0) on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. CT in New York. The game will be televised by either ABC or ESPN.
Though the LSU rushing attack was went six deep with double digit yardage, it was the spinning, leaping, bone-crushing sophomore in the No. 7 jersey that stole the show. Fournette would have had a shot at a school record for rushing yards (250 yards by Alley Broussard versus Ole Miss in 2004) if the game was ever in doubt.
Instead, after scoring his last touchdown with a 1-yard dive with 4:14 left in the third quarter, Fournette only saw the field one more time – when LSU lined up against a potential onside kick with 5:47 left in the fourth quarter.
LSU’s rushing attack posted the 10th-most yards in school history and the most since Kevin Faulk – who was a guest captain on the 20th anniversary of the “Bring Back the Magic” game – led the Tigers to a 433-yard evening against Houston in 1996.
Behind Fournette, quarterback Brandon Harris had a career-best 66 yards on eight carries including a 33-yarder. Freshman Darius Guice added 55 yards while Darrel Williams had 41. Freshmen Donte Jackson and Nick Brossette had 14 and 13, respectively.
After the Sept. 5 game against McNeese wiped out his Tiger Stadium debut, Harris completed 12-of-17 passes for 74 yards without an interception or a sack.
“I thought Brandon Harris did exactly what we asked him to do,” Miles said of the former Parkway star. “He was very accurate. He only overthrew a couple touchdowns.Those things happen, and that’s not an issue with me in any way. He managed the game. He managed the clock and the situations we asked him to operate for us with time bearing down on him. He did a great job. He made plays with his feet and his arm. He got us into the right play. I enjoyed how he performed again.”
Linebacker Deion Jones led LSU with eight tackles including half a sack, while Davon Godchaux added a pair of sacks. Safety Jamal Adams recorded his first interception as a Tiger. LSU had seven tackles for loss including five sacks and a forced fumble at the Auburn 5-yard line.
— LSU Sports Information