AUBURN, Ala. – Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn beat No. 18 LSU 18-13 on Saturday night after officials ruled Danny Etling’s apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired.
Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Chark on a 15-yard pass, setting off a celebration by LSU players. Officials ruled time expired before Etling took the snap.
The celebration shifted to the Auburn sideline when officials announced the decisive ruling.
It was an important win for Auburn (2-2, 1-1 SEC) and coach Gus Malzahn, who faced increased criticism following losses to Top 25 opponents Clemson and Texas A&M.
An illegal shift penalty against LSU (2-2, 1-1 SEC) left the Tigers with a fourth-down play from the 15 with 5 seconds remaining, setting up the final-play drama.
Carlson kicked a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Auburn a 15-13 lead. He added to the lead with a 29-yarder with less than 3 minutes remaining before LSU began its desperate, final drive.
Carlson is 12 for 12 on field goals this season.
LSU star running back Leonard Fournette had 16 carries for 101 yards.
Auburn linebacker Tre Williams was ejected for targeting in the second quarter.
There was no flag after Williams’ helmet-to-helmet hit knocked Etling out of the game for a play. The hit sent Etling’s helmet to the ground and left him with a bloody nose.
A review by the officials determined Williams led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.
LSU: The LSU offense must improve if the Tigers are to realize their preseason expectations. LSU was held to 338 yards, including 118 yards passing by Etling.
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Source:: Thescore – NCAA Football