LSU drove 56 yards in 11 plays on its first offensive possession, but gave up the ball when quarterback Zach Mettenberger fumbled on the two-yard line. Unfortunately for Auburn, it committed a false start penalty. Backed up on its own goal line, Auburn was tackled inside its own endzone when Tre Mason couldn't find a way out.
The ensuing free kick gave LSU a short field, and the Tigers took advantage. A drive that included 35 rushing yards was capped off when Michael Ford beat Auburn defenders to the corner of the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run, giving LSU a 9-0 lead.
But Mettenberger would cough up the ball again, this time giving Auburn the ball at LSU's 26-yard line. After Mason ripped off a big run, Onterio McCalebb punched in a four-yard touchdown run as time expired on the quarter.