Top-ranked LSU routs Auburn, looks to No. 2 Alabama

Michael Tortorich
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BATON?ROUGE?– The second-largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history witnessed No. 1 LSU dismantle No. 19 Auburn, 45-10, on Saturday.

The win set the stage for a showdown between LSU?(8-0, 5-0?SEC) and No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC). The Nov. 5 matchup will kickoff at 7 p.m. in Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. CBS?moved the broadcast to primetime from its original start time at 2:30 p.m.

The matchup will be the first regular-season SEC contest between the top two teams in history. The last time No. 1 faced No. 2 in the regular season was 2006.

LSU running back Kenny Hilliard had a standout performance when the opportunity arose for him to pick up carries. The freshman ball carrier scored two touchdowns against Auburn. He complimented the 82-yard rushing effort by Michael Ford, who saw more playing time due to Spencer Ware’s suspension.

Tigers wide receiver Rueben Randle went over the century mark with five catches, including two touchdown bombs from quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson.

The Tigers shined in their Nike Pro Combat uniforms, outgaining Auburn by a 393-248 margin. LSU never trailed and Auburn (5-3, 3-2) never threatened against the Tigers’ stingy defense, which collected six sacks and forced two turnovers including an interception return for a touchdown by senior cornerback Ron Brooks.

Auburn sophomore quarterback Clint Moseley was the latest signal caller to join the ranks of the ineffective against the LSU?defense this season. Auburn picked up 106 yards of its 248 total in the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach.

LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo and punter Brad Wing both were named SEC players of the week.

Wing ranks third in the conference with a 44.4 average on 31 punts.

Mingo recorded four tackles, including two sacks totaling 21 yards in losses against Auburn. For the season, he leads the Tigers with 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.