Bo Nix steals the show in a win against LSU, 24-19
What a difference a week makes for Auburn and quarterback Bo Nix. It was just last week Nix was benched in favor of TJ Finley after a horrible performance against Georgia State. Finley led the team on a 98 yard drive to win the game. Which made Auburn Head Coach Bryan Harsin non committal about who would even lead his No. 22 Auburn Tigers against rivals LSU.
Harsin decided to stick with Nix and it was a great decision as Nix channeled his inner Johnny Manziel making spectacular play after spectacular play adding a comeback win of his own scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to storm back to beat LSU 24-19. The dramatic come-from-behind victory marked Auburn's first in Death Valley since 1999.
Nix threw for 255 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 74 more and another score, to give first-year Auburn coach Bryan Harsin a signature win. The stats don’t even begin to summarize Nix performance. Nix showed grit evading pressure in miraculous ways to extend plays and find receivers. The play of the game undoubtedly happened toward the end of the first half being down 13-0 and facing a 4th and 2 at the LSU 24, Nix scrambled for what appeared to be forever dodging multiple sacks scrambling backwards before hitting Tyler Fromm for 24-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers on the board.
Before that point in the game Harsin sat Nix for a series which looked like flashbacks from a week ago. When Nix returned it was lights out from there and Nix even earned a halftime compliment from his coach “He’s doing a great job making a play,” Auburn coach Bryan Harsin told ESPN at halftime. “We need to execute where we don’t have to do that. He’s doing things on his own. That’s been really good for us. We’ve got some fourth downs, which has helped us.”
Nix ducked and dodged defenders all night and was money on 3rd and 4th down conversions. As far as LSU was concerned they continued to struggle in the running game which resulted in a lack of balance that made it difficult to finish drives in the red zone. Auburn’s defensive front was able to apply relentless pressure to come up with three sacks and six QB hurries. LSU QB Max Johnson went 26 of 46 for 325 yards, but LSU's running backs combined for just 46 yards on 13 carries. Mostly every LSU signature drive ended in a field goal by Cade York.
Both teams have huge tests ahead of them. Auburn should climb a few spots in the AP top 25 after several teams ranked ahead of them lost, including Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Next on the calendar Auburn hosts unbeaten Georgia in a renewal of “The Deep South's oldest rivalry.” LSU travels to Kentucky to play next Saturday against a Wildcats team riding high after a victory over No. 10 Florida.