Davey: Auburn win was ‘unreal’

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 2, 2001

BATON ROUGE – In hindsight, perhaps it wasn’t such a good idea for the Auburn players to gather at midfield and stomp all over the LSU Tiger eye.

And while we’re at it, they probably shouldn’t have tried to mix it up at the end of halftime with members of the LSU marching band.

&uot;When they came out and stomped on the eye of the tiger before the game, that really set it off,&uot; LSU wide receiver Josh Reed said. &uot;That was disrespectful to us.&uot;

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Those two incidents beyond the game itself, may have served to light a collective fire under the LSU Tigers, who rolled all over Auburn 27-14 in Saturday night’s Southeastern Conference Western Division title game.

The fact that LSU had a chance to clinch its first-ever trip to Atlanta for the title game against Tennessee on senior night, probably didn’t hurt either.

&uot;This was the way I envisioned my last game in Tiger Stadium ending,&uot; said LSU senior quarterback Rohan Davey, whose 17-yard strike to All-American Josh Reed, tied him with Bert Jones with 29 touchdown passes. &uot;Everything was on the line and the excitement out there tonight was unreal.&uot;

In his final appearance in Tiger Stadium, Davey, did not disappoint, completing 16 passes for 245 yards and only one interception. Reed’s all-world play continued with 10 grabs for 186 yards, including a 17-yard catch for a score that gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish. Ferriday native Jeremy Lawrence continued his strong play with an interception of Campbell in the first quarter, immediately after Auburn blocked a Corbello 46-yard attempt. He also logged three tackles. It was his second career interception, with the first coming a year ago in the Peach Bowl win over Georgia Tech.