September 16, 2006. It was a hot day at Jordan-Hare. I arrived in Auburn that morning around 6 am. Unloaded the truck set up the tent got the drinks on ice and sat down to watch gameday. There was a feeling in the air. Today was going to be a good day. Any time the LSU comes to town on a fall Saturday afternoon its a good day.
LSU had a future first round draft pick as there quarterback in JaMarcus Russell. Everyone knew this was going to be a slugfest. Auburn was ranked #3 and LSU was ranked #6. Both teams had great teams. But this day the defenses showed up to play. Probably one of the most violent games I’ve ever seen period. People were flying around everywhere.
No one scored in the first quarter. Heck no one had a first down in the first quarter. Auburn had the first opportunity to score, but unfortunately John Vaughn missed a 26 yard field goal early in the 2nd quarter. LSU took over and ran the clock all the way down until 2 seconds. That is when LSU kicker Colt David made a 42 yard field goal to take the lead going into halftime. LSU got the ball back at the beginning of the 2nd half, but Auburn’s defense held. Auburn got the ball back on their 20 and then went to work. Kenny Irons was leaned on heavily that possession.Until finally Brandon Cox was able to run it in from 1 yard out to score. Auburn had finally taken the lead midway through the 3rd quarter. After Auburn’s score both teams exchanged punts until LSU took the ball over with 1:18 left to go in the 4th. This is when it got exciting.
At this point I was tired. It had been a rather boring game. I’m a fan of high scoring games and this game was far from that. LSU started driving from their own 20. Auburn went to a prevent defense and J Russell started picking them apart. He passed for 20 yards here, then 21 yards, and finally 20 yards all to Craig Davis, and now LSU had the ball on Auburn’s 19 yard line. I was sweating bullets. I could just see this going wrong. Russell on 1st and 15 passed but it was incomplete. There was time for one more play. He dropped back and passed it to Craig Davis for 19 yards, but Davis was met by Auburn’s Eric Brock on the 5 yard line. He stopped him. It was a game saving tackle. The game was over and Auburn won.