Auburn Soundly Defeats LSU, 31-7

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October 26, 2002

AUBURN (AP) - Ronnie Brown ran for two touchdowns and Auburn took advantage of five turnovers to beat LSU 31-7 Saturday.

The host Tigers (5-3, 3-2 SEC) intercepted Marcus Randall four times and held LSU (6-2, 3-1) to just 242 yards.

Jason Campbell, starting his first game of the season, completed 7 of 11 passes for 105 yards and rushed for 37 more against the nation's top-ranked defense. Brown rushed 18 times for 95 yards.

LSU didn't score until midway through the fourth quarter and had its six-game winning streak snapped. The Tigers had won their first three league games by an average of 24 points.

Randall, making his second start for the injured Matt Mauck, was constantly harassed into making mistakes. Travaris Robinson set up Auburn's first touchdown with a 64-yard interception return and Karlos Dansby set up the Tigers' last score with a 60-yard return.

Randall finished 9-of-20 for 79 yards while rushing for 74 yards on 16 attempts. Domanick Davis, the nation's leading punt returner, was limited to 42 yards on 14 carries and only returned one punt for 9 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Auburn fans chanted ``LSWho'' and ``Over-rated.'' Last season, LSU ended Auburn's SEC championship hopes in the regular-season finale.

LSU, which came in allowing 11 points and 217 yards per game, trailed 17-0 at halftime mainly because it couldn't hold onto the ball, starting with the first snap. Davis fumbled on the game's opening play, and Randall threw three interceptions in a span of five passes, all giving Auburn possession in LSU territory.

It was surprising considering LSU went two games without committing a turnover and five without throwing an interception.

Campbell hit Robert Johnson on a 3-yard scoring pass to make it 24-0 four minutes into the second half. Campbell also threw a 48-yarder to Devin Aromashodu to move into LSU territory.

Brown, who also had a 5-yard score early, rushed for a 20-yard TD on third-and-goal with 11:14 left in the fourth.