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No. 5 Auburn dominates No. 15 LSU in 41-7 blowout

No. 5 Auburn dominates No. 15 LSU in 41-7 blowout
It takes three LSU defenders to take down Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 119 and two more scores on Saturday. (Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)

Nick Marshall passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 119 and two more scores to lead No. 5 Auburn to a 41-7 blowout of No. 15 Louisiana State on Saturday night.

Auburn (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) dominated from the start on a week when No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma were upset. The 41 points equaled Auburn's highest total in the rivalry — set with the same margin in the 1999 game.

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LSU (4-2, 0-2), which turned to freshman quarterback Brandon Harris, has dropped its first two SEC games for the first time in Coach Les Miles' decade-long tenure.

Harris completed three of 14 passes for 58 yards before being replaced late in the third quarter by former starter Anthony Jennings.

With Marshall playing again like the Heisman Trophy candidate many expected him to be, Auburn could rise to the No. 2 spot it held after last season.

He completed 14 of 22 passes, had 16 carries and supplied a steady diet of big plays. Marshall threw touchdown passes of 56 yards to Sammie Coates and nine yards to tight end C.J. Uzomah, and scored on runs of seven and 29 yards.

Cameron Artis-Payne ran 24 times for 126 yards and gained 35 yards in three catches. Coates had his first big game of the season with 144 in four catches after coming in with 56 receiving yards.

Auburn outgained, LSU 566-280. LSU had won the past three meetings but couldn't muster much fight in this one and is probably already out of the hotly contested SEC West race.

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