LSU running back Leonard Fournette made his case as an early Heisman Trophy front-runner in an impressive showing on a steamy September afternoon in Tiger Stadium. Fournette rushed for a career-high 228-yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers walloped Auburn 45-21.
Fournette set the tone early with a 71-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. That set up a two-yard touchdown run for quarterback Brandon Harris, who played mistake free football again.
Harris was 12-of-17 for 74 yards and one touchdown. The sophomore from Bossier City also rushed for 66 yards and two scores.
But the story was Fournette as he ran around and through Auburn tacklers. The sophomore from St. Aug had TD runs of 1,29 and 40 yards. The 29-yard touchdown run will be in the end of the year highlight film package as Auburn defensive back Tray Matthews tried to tackle Fournette high and ended up tumbling over the former St. Aug star, who sent a message to the rest of college football with his performance.
The Tigers defense was also very good, as they sacked Auburn Quarterback Jeremy Johnson five times, intercepted him once and also forced a fumble with a sack.
LSU ended up out gaining Auburn 485 to 260. The Tigers had 411 yards rushing.
Travin Dural was LSU's leading receiver with four catches for 27 yards. Tight end Colin Jeter had two catches and 15 yards and one TD reception.
LSU is in action again on Saturday when they face Syracuse at 11 AM.