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Nick Marshall does it all in Auburn's win over LSU
Oct. 5, 2014

Auburn's Nick Marshall looks for another touchdown against LSU

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  He had his play from the sideline, but when Nick Marshall spotted man-to-man coverage on Sammie Coates, the Auburn quarterback changed things up.
Touchdown, Auburn.
The 56-yard touchdown to Coates was part of an impressive performance by Marshall, who accounted for four touchdowns in the first half to help Auburn beat LSU 41-7 Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Nick Marshall was the Nick Marshall of old, running the zone-read, darting up the middle on draw plays, throwing long to the likes of Coates. Auburn turned its quarterback loose, and that helped Auburn sprint away to a 31-7 halftime lead.
"We let him throw the ball a little bit earlier in the game," said coach Gus Malzahn. "He is an outstanding quarterback. He wins. I think everyone saw he can throw it pretty well, too."
The early passing "helped me a lot," Marshall said. "The receivers made a lot of plays. That gave me a lot of confidence."
Marshall was 14-of-22 passing for 207 yards with that 56-yard touchdown pass to Coates and a 9-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Uzomah. He rushed for 119 yards with touchdown runs of 29 and 7 yards. Auburn's 566 yards were a school record against LSU.
Marshall inflated those numbers with his second 200-yard passing, 100-yard rushing game of his career. His 119 rushing yards gave him seven 100-yard career rushing games, the school record for a quarterback. 
Marshall, the passer, said he's "way better than I was last year." 
"Nick played like one of the better quarterbacks in the entire country," Malzahn said.
Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said he was surprised that LSU played as much man-to-man coverage as it did. And Auburn figured LSU might have trouble with the elusive Marshall, anyway.
"They've had trouble with running quarterbacks," Lashlee said.
Auburn played its up-tempo game in the first half. LSU quickly was playing catch up.
"They didn't handle the tempo well," Lashlee said.
"We were able to make some explosive plays, and our defense played lights out."
It was a game of redemption for Auburn's offense and Lashlee after last year's slow start at LSU. Auburn trailed 21-0 at the half in Baton Rouge before falling 35-21.
Did Auburn have something to prove? Absolutely.
"You don't want to use 'chip on your shoulder' or 'redemption' too much, but this was a game that was important to our guys," Lashlee said. "We got embarrassed at their place last year. We struggled against LSU recently. Our guys were really focused."

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