Cam Newton Leads No. 4 Auburn Past No. 6 LSU 24-17

October 24, 2010 – By Scott

Cam Newton and his No. 4 Auburn Tigers knew they would be in for a huge test as No. 6 LSU rolled into Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. Both teams were undefeated and this matchup could play a role in one of them making it to the national championship game. Also, Newton would be leading the SEC’s top ranked offense against the league’s best defense in LSU.

Now, there remains only one undefeated team in the SEC as Auburn abused the LSU defense and went on to a 24-17 win. Auburn now moves to 8-0 on the year and they appear to be the SEC’s best opportunity to produce a fifth straight national champion.

“Going into this game, we knew it was the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense, the clash of the Titans,” said Newton. “There was licks I was taking from different people left and right. We knew that was going to be the case going into this game.”

Newton had a historic day against LSU as he broke the league’s single season rushing record for a quarterback. For the game, he rushed for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns while passing for 86 yards. Auburn controlled the game with their rushing attack in which they ran for 440 yards of their 526 total yards against the league’s best defense.

The Auburn defense stepped up as well and limited LSU to just 243 total yards.

Newton got Auburn the first points of the game as he scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run. LSU would hit a field goal late in the quarter, but Auburn would follow that up with one of their own to give them back a 7 point lead early in the second quarter. But LSU would respond with just 15 seconds left in the half as Jordan Jefferson scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game heading into halftime.

Newton would then give Auburn back the lead as he scored his second touchdown on a 49 yard run to put Auburn back up by 7. But once again, LSU tied back up the game early in the final quarter as Rueben Randle would haul in a 39-yard touchdown pass to tie the game back up at 17. Onterio McCalebb would put the final nail in the coffin with 5:05 left to play as he scored on a 70-yard touchdown run.

LSU had a chance late in the game to tie the game back up, but the Auburn defense stood up to the challenge. With 3:27 left to play, LSU had the ball on fourth-and-six from their own 30 and LSU head coach Les Miles elected to go for it. But quarterback Jarrett Lee was stopped short after trying to scramble for the first down.

This win by Auburn could shape up to be one of their biggest in the 2010 College Football Season. The way they are producing offensively makes it hard to believe that anyone can stop them. But there is still a lot of football left to play and Alabama is awaiting their shot to bring down the Tigers at the end of the season.

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