Auburn-LSU rivalry has often provided unexpected but lasting memories

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Nick Brossette
Nick Brossette (#4) has been LSU’s leading rusher in the first two games of 2018 (Photo: Terrill Weil).

The rivalry dates back to 1901. LSU leads the series 29-22-1. There have been some classics but the battle of SEC West Tigers came alive 30 years ago.

Tommy Hodson’s fourth down pass to Eddie Fuller with 1:47 left in 4 game against No. 4 Auburn in Baton Rouge is known as “The Earthquake Game” in Baton Rouge. LSU-Aubnr games spawned many game nicknames after that one.

In 1994, a 30-26 LSU loss, Jamie Howard threw a stunning five fourth quarter interceptions with three returned for scores. Yep, the “Interception Game.”

In 1996, LSU escaped Auburn with a 19-15 win. It’s called the “Barn Burner” when an old building was ablaze during the contest just across from stadium.

In 2006, a 7-3 loss for LSU in a meeting of top six teams was a grueling, physical game. LSU stars Jamarcus Russell, Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey, LaRon Landry and Tyson Jackson left the Plains disappointed.

In 2007, a 30-24 LSU win cames via Demetrius Byrd’s last second touchdown catch in Tiger Stadium. It was a must moment in a national championship season.

In 2010, a 24-17 loss came at the hands and feet of Cam Newton, who had 217 yards rushing and two scores. Auburn rushed for 440 yards, the most ever allowed by LSU defense. Newton and company won the national title.

And then there was last year’s 27-23 win for LSU. Auburn jumped out to a 20-0 lead but the Bengal Tigers came out locker at half to roar back.

Who will be the big playmaker to place their name in LSU-Auburn lore? Here are some Purple and Gold candidates who know all about adversity.

Kristian Fulton could have bolted for another location with all the uncertainty this past offseason as he was stuck in the middle of a two-year NCAA ban. The Archbishop Rummel product stayed the course when many would have left. He is a major factor with the ’18 defense.

David Ducre, coming out of Lakeshore High, was the top rated fullback in the nation and Louisiana’s No. 9 rated player in 2015. He has two catches for two yards, yet to be a factor at LSU.

Currently pursuing his Master’s degree already with a management degree in hand, the savvy Ducre has lined up in a few different spots during his college career. He approaches every practice with a positive attitude hoping to improve and help his teammates. Maybe he has a role as a surprise hero? It only takes one moment. You never know.

Jacoby Stevens has lined up at four different spots since he landed on campus in 2017, and he’s just a sophomore. Now the 6-foot-2, 225 pounder is playing linebacker. He almost had a scoop and score against SLU last weekend.

Many times highly recruited players become disenchanted and leave, especially not being from Louisiana. Yet the Tennessee prep product Stevens has stayed the course.

Running back Nick Brossette is perhaps the most likely to be remembered if LSU wins this one. Who better to cite when looking for examples of players that remained focused despite adversity? His heart remained with the Tigers even though playing time was sparse the past three years. If he continues to improve, the Baton Rouge product will be playing on Sundays.

Offers from Texas, USC and other powers came for Brossette, who holds the state record with 141 career touchdowns in high school while rumbling for 9,214 yards rushing at University High. After sitting and watching Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice, Brossette likely wondered if the grass could be greener elsewhere.

Brosette is currently the fourth leading rusher in the SEC. Worth the wait.

Auburn and LSU means one thing’s for sure. Expect the unexpected. Perhaps that will come Saturday from the unexpected.

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