Saturday afternoon’s marquee game was supposed to be a close battle between #13 LSU and #18 Auburn in Baton Rouge, but somebody forgot to tell LSU’s Leonard Fournette. The sophomore running back ran past, over and through almost every Auburn defender on his way to 169 yards and a touchdown by halftime. It was over 100 degrees down on the field, but Fournette clearly didn’t mind. He wound up with 228 yards and three touchdowns on only 19 carries after starting off with a 71-yard run on LSU’s first play from scrimmage.
Fournette was among the Heisman front-runners in Vegas heading into the day, but this performance will make him a household name outside of the SEC. For much of the afternoon LSU’s single-game rushing record of 250 yards seemed certain to fall, but a bruised knee turned out to be the only thing that could slow down the unstoppable sophomore’s day as he was shut down midway through the third quarter.
It’d be notable as an outstanding performance regardless, but seems a little more poignant after Auburn’s Rudy Ford said earlier this week that stopping Fournette “shouldn’t be difficult.” We’re pretty sure Ford will get asked about that after the game, so here’s hoping he’ll spend the bus ride home thinking of a few new soundbites he won’t regret a week from now.