The second-ranked LSU Tigers opened up SEC play on Saturday night, capturing a tough 12-10 win over the Auburn Tigers, in Auburn, Alabama.

LSU got on the scoreboard first, as the Tiger defense recorded a safety, tackling Auburn running back Tre Mason in the Auburn end zone at the 8:21 mark of the first quarter, making the score 2-0.

On their next possession, LSU pushed their lead to 9-0, as Michael Ford scored on a one-yard run at the 4:18 mark of the initial period.

Auburn scored their first points at the end of the first quarter, as Onterio McCalebb scored on a four-yard run, making the score 9-7.

Cody Parkey hit a 40-yard field goal at the 1:21 mark of the second quarter, giving Auburn a 10-7 lead, which they took into the third quarter.

LSU took advantage of a big Auburn turnover in the third quarter, and Drew Alleman gave the Tigers the lead back with a 30-yard field goal, making the score 12-10, LSU.

Auburn had the football near the end of the game, with :39 left, with a chance to win the game. Auburn had no timeouts left however, and couldn't put together a drive, and LSU hung on for the two-point win.

LSU was able to outgain LSU in terms of total yards, 352-183.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for 169 yards, while Spencer Ware added 90 yards on the ground.

For Auburn, quarterback Kiehl Frazier was held to 97 passing yards, while Tre Mason led the Tigers with 54 rushing yards.

With the win, LSU improved to 4-0 overall, and 1-0 in SEC play, while Auburn fell to 1-3 overall, and 0-2 in league play.

View the game box score.

LSU returns to action next Saturday, when they play host to Towson.