Continous showers: No. 6 LSU uses fast start over Auburn in SEC opener
BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Jeremy Hill had 184 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead No. 6 LSU past Auburn in its SEC opener, 35-21, on a wet Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) opened a 21-0 lead before halftime and held off a late rally by Auburn (3-1, 1-1 SEC), which amassed 332 yards in the second half to get within two touchdowns.
Auburn turned the ball over on its first two possessions and Hill took advantage with touchdown runs of 49 and 10 yards that came only 80 seconds apart.
Hill, who had the most rushing yards by a Tiger since 2004, had 152 of his career-best 184 yards in the first half. He added a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter and carried 25 times.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger finished 14-of-22 passing for 229 yards with a touchdown and his first interception of the 2013 season.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry had seven catches for a career-best 118 yards including a 32-yard catch and run for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Odell Beckham Jr. added five catches for 59 yards.
With overnight rain Friday and a continuous shower for most of the game, playing conditions affected both teams. LSU fumbled in the redzone while leading 21-0, while Auburn had two fumbles on fourth down including a mishandled deep snap at its 10-yard line.
Auburn did most of damage in the second half, running 48 plays and managing scoring drives of 94 and 88 yards.
Quarterback Nick Marshall finished 17-of-33 passing for 224 yards with two interceptions. Running back Tre Mason ran 26 times for 132 yards with two touchdowns, while Marshall added 46 on the ground.
Along with Mason's leading effort, wide receiver Sammy Coates led Auburn with 139 receiving yards including catches of 14, 42 and 52 yards that keyed touchdown-scoring drives.