The LSU Tigers turned a first-drive fumble at the goal line into a safety, the difference in LSU's 9-7 lead over the Auburn Tigers at the end of the first quarter at Auburn.
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.
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