AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn desperately needed a home win against LSU. And that’s exactly what the Tigers finally got on Saturday night.
From the opening kickoff, Auburn’s defense contained LSU quarterback Danny Etling, RB Leonard Fournette and his backup Derrius Guice. With offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee calling the plays for the majority of the evening, the Tigers were more productive on offense (despite six field goals accounting for all of the Tigers’ 18 points) and came up with a much-needed home victory.
Here’s what coach Gus Malzahn had to say after the Tigers’ home win:
- “It’s real good to win a game like this. There’s a lot of adversity, a lot of ups and downs, it’s a big game for us.”
- Malzahn says the crowd was unbelievable and it really helped the team at the end of the game, thanks Auburn fans.
- On LSU’s last second chance: “I was pretty confident the clock went to zero.”
- Malzahn said he knew the team was close after two tough losses. “Our guys responded and beat a top 20 team who could run the football.”
- On defense: “They’re playing their hearts out.”
- On Leonard Fournette: “He got the best of us last year.”
- On turning the play-calling over to Rhett Lashlee: “I’ve been leaning towards that for about two weeks. I thought he did a great job for us tonight.”
- On junior kicker Daniel Carlson, who accounted for all of Auburn’s 18 points: “He was outstanding.”
- “He’s a tough guy. (Sean White) he got hit a couple of times hard, but he did a great job … that was good against that defense.”
- Malzahn says Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway were a little banged up coming into this game, but demonstrated how tough they are in this win.
- “That was big wasn’t it. That one (last sack) was probably the play of the game.” — on Carl Lawson’s sack in the last 30 seconds.
- Malzahn says his daughters told him he needed to wear a baseball hat instead of a visor.
- “Sometimes it’s the way you win that leaves a lasting impression on our guys … that was a good way to win for our team.”
- Malzahn says Lashlee is ready, with Herb Hand’s help, to call most of the plays moving forward.
- “We’ve played three top 20 teams in the first four games and it told us a lot about our team.”
- Malzahn to Auburn fans: “We have a lot to look forward to. Our fans had a lot to do with this win and we’re in it together moving forward.”
- “Oh, we’re going to Waffle House.”