Week 7 — LSU vs. #10 Auburn Recap

Death Valley: where dreams come to die

It was a tale of two halves. The first, Auburn was clearly the better team and LSU was in for a long night. The second half saw a glimpse of what LSU’s offense and defense could become. Auburn came into Death Valley seeking to win their first game in the stadium since 1999. After going up 20–0 in the first half, Auburn and head coach Gus Malzahn looked certain to top the Bayou Bengals.

Then comes the second half. Defense finally arrived to the stadium and shut out Auburn. Losing so many talented players to the NFL draft last season took a toll on LSU’s defense the first half of the year. Jamal Adams, Kendell Beckwith, Davon Godchaux, Duke Riley, Tre’Davious White, and Lewis Neal all play on Sunday now. That left Dave Aranda’s defense young, inexperienced, and bare bones. It looks like the young and talented roster is finally coming together as a unit for the Tigers.

On the other side of the ball, Matt Canada’s offense is also taking a similar track as the defense. The wide receiver tandem of Russell Gage and DJ Chark is a deadly combo. Both have speed and the ability to make a play happen out of seemingly nowhere. While quarterback Danny Etling still makes mistakes, he still manages the game well and does not crumble under pressure. Being down 20 is enough to strike fear into any mortal man, but not Etling. Rallying back, his 206 passing yards was one of the best performances of his career.

It’s hard to find a player with as much heart as Danny Etling. He may not be the prettiest and most technical quarterback, but he plays a game until the clock strikes 0:00. That’s why he still has the starting job instead of Canada handing the reigns over to freshman Myles Brennan just yet.

LSU has Ole Miss next Saturday. While they still have the gauntlet section of the schedule, the win over #21 Florida last week, and #10 Auburn this week show this team will not roll over and die if out of contention. They showed they can beat the great teams, but can they beat the easy teams now? A loss to Troy has a lot of people doubting the consistency of this team still. Another SEC win next week will ease that for the Tiger faithful.

Shoutout to Kenny LeJeune for “where dreams come to die! Hoo ha!
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