Aug. 20, 2008
Coach Tuberville's Top 10: Number 8
This summer, Auburn fans had the opportunity to vote on the Top 10 games during the Tommy Tuberville Era. Fans had 25 games to choose from during the month-long voting. Now, AuburnTigers.com will unveil how fans voted, with game recaps and video highlights daily Monday through Friday for the next two weeks, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1.....So sit back, relax and enjoy....Here's No. 8...
Sept. 16, 2006 - Auburn 7, LSU 3
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
One yard made all of the difference in a defensive battle between two top-10 nationally-ranked Southeastern Conference powers. Quarterback Brandon Cox's 1-yard sneak over the goal line in the third quarter lifted No. 3 Auburn over No. 6 LSU, 7-3, in front of a sellout crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers' 7-3 victory was the lowest scoring game at Jordan-Hare Stadium since Auburn's 7-0 win over Houston in 1973.
Auburn started on its own 25-yard line following a punt after LSU's opening possession of the third quarter. Kenny Irons was able to make headway through LSU's stifling run defense to string together eight rushes for 38 yards, and Cox connected with Rodgeriqus Smith for 17 yards before Cox snuck across the goal line for the eventual game-winning touchdown. The drive consisted of 12 plays, covering 75 yards and taking 6:43 off the clock.
Auburn, however, needed defensive strength to stop LSU on a pair of drives late in the game. On its second-to-last possession of the game, LSU signal caller JaMarcus Russell completed a 37-yard pass to Early Doucet, moving the Bayou Bengals to the Auburn 33-yard line, but an incomplete pass on fourth down halted the LSU charge. Auburn's Eric Brock tipped the pass away, which was the first of two big defensive plays for Brock as the minutes ticked away on the clock and LSU.
LSU got to within striking distance once more on the final drive of the game. Starting at their own 20 with 1:11 to play, the Bayou Bengals moved all the way to Auburn's 19, highlighted by Russell connecting on a 21-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe. Two plays later with just seconds left, Russell found Craig Davis on the left side, but Brock again came up big, bringing him down at the 4-yard line as the clock expired.
Auburn limited LSU to 311 yards of total offense, with 155 of those coming in the fourth quarter. The Bayou Bengals managed just 42 yards rushing on 23 attempts as the hard-hitting Auburn defense stood its ground.
LSU's defense, however, proved to be just as stingy, holding the Tigers to 182 yards of offense, including 110 through the air. Cox finished the game 11-of-20 with a single pick.
Kenny Irons, meanwhile, carried the ball 25 times for 70 yards.
Courtney Taylor led all Auburn players with three catches for 22 yards.
LSU opened the game's scoring on the final play of the first half when Colt David connected on a 42-yard field goal.
The win gave Auburn four straight victories over LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium and improved the Tigers' record to 7-1 over Associated Press top 10 teams since 2004.
Since the Tommy Tuberville era began in 1999, there has only been one occasion in the Auburn-LSU series in which a team has won back-to-back games, coming when Auburn won two straight in 1999 and 2000. Under Tuberville's guidance, the Tigers have not lost a game to the Bayou Bengals in Jordan-Hare Stadium, posting a 4-0 mark. The all-time series, which dates back to 1901, stood at 21-19-1 with LSU holding the upper hand following the 2006 meeting.
Tuberville's thoughts looking back...
"That was the most physical game I have ever been involved in. It wasn't anything but a "line up and run into each other" game.
Neither team was going to try to be fancy. They had JaMarcus Russell at quarterback and we chased him. We wanted the ball to be in his hands but we wanted to put pressure with the ball in his hands. That's where we basically won the game on defense. Offensively we didn't do much. We didn't try to do a whole lot. That game is like that every year. It seems that when it is played in Auburn, it's a defensive game, and when we go to Baton Rouge it's an offensive game. It was a great game."