AUBURN, Ala. - LSU played Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee at quarterback, but Auburn wound up having an answer for each.
Jefferson passed for 46 yards and Lee threw for 43 during LSU's 24-17 loss, and the 243 total yards by the visitors was the season best for Auburn's defense. Jefferson hurt Auburn rushing at times, but he had 12 of his 74 yards after halftime.
"Our kids did a good job with knowing who was in and knowing the tendencies each quarterback had and what they were doing," Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. "Our kids were very aware coming into the game, and I thought it showed."
Auburn's Nick Fairley was superior to LSU counterpart Drake Nevis in the pairing of touted defensive tackles, racking up six tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Fairley knocked Lee out of the game temporarily with a wrist injury, and his sack of Jefferson with 6:50 to play forced LSU to punt in a 17-17 game.
In the second half, LSU ran 24 plays for 80 yards and went 0-for-6 on turning third downs into firsts.
"We got more pressure and more consistent pressure, and we kept the quarterback in the pocket," Roof said. "Some of those third downs they converted in the first half were scrambles, and I thought we did a good job of limiting his area of operation."
Senior linebacker Josh Bynes led Auburn with 11 tackles, and freshman cornerback Chris Davis had three tackles and broke up a pass intended for Rueben Randle.
"For us to hold that type of team to that many yards - it should have been less than that, but we'll take it," Bynes said.
Broken Record I
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton entered Saturday needing one touchdown to break Pat Sullivan's single-season school mark of 26 touchdowns responsible, set in 1970.
Newton tied Sullivan's mark with a 1-yard run 5:32 first quarter, which briefly gave him an equal number (13) of ground and aerial touchdowns. He broke it with his weaving 49-yard run with 11:10 left in the third quarter, when he repeatedly changed directions and pulled touted LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson into the end zone.
"That play is in my job description to make," Newton said.
Broken Record II
When Wes Byrum connected on a 42-yard field goal at the 12:30 mark of second quarter, it gave the senior from Fort Lauderdale a school-record 313 points. Byrum broke the mark held by John Vaughn, who tallied 312 points during the 2003-06 seasons.
Former Central High kicker Damon Duval is third on Auburn's all-time scoring charts, amassing 260 points from 1999-2002.
Byrum made game-winning field goals against Florida and Arkansas as a freshman in '07 and was the difference in Auburn's three-point overtime wins over Northwestern in last season's Outback Bowl and this year against Clemson. He added two extra points in the second half against LSU and has 315 points.
Despite Saturday's loss, LSU still holds a 23-20-1 series edge. ... Auburn improved to 10-7 in its last 17 games against top-10 teams. ... Tickets remain for Auburn's 1 p.m. EDT home game Nov. 6 against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.