BATON ROUGE, La. -- Playing without three suspended starters, No. 1 LSU leads Auburn 21-3 at the half Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
Here's a quick halftime analysis:
Turning point: Auburn was still hanging around late in the second quarter, but LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee hit Rueben Randle on a 46-yard bomb for a touchdown with 40 seconds to play in the half. With the way Auburn has been stuffed on offense in the first half, it's hard to imagine the Tigers coming back from a 21-3 deficit against this LSU defense. On both of the long LSU touchdown passes, Auburn had safeties who were late in getting over and helping.
Stat of the half: The LSU quarterbacks are a combined 11-of-14 passing in the first half. Lee is 10-of-13 with the 46-yard touchdown to Randle, while the only pass Jordan Jefferson threw in the first half was a 42-yard touchdown to Randle.
Best player of the half: Randle has five catches for 106 yards, including the two touchdown grabs of 46 and 42 yards. He's quickly establishing himself as one of the top receivers in the league and now has seven touchdown catches on the season.