AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn couldn't find the offense it needed to beat LSU, either from starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier or freshman Jonathan Wallace who was making his debut.
Frazier threw two interceptions, adding to his SEC-leading total, as Auburn took a halftime lead but was shut out in the second half of its 12-10 loss to No. 2 LSU on Saturday night.
Wallace, whose skills in practice had drawn compliments from his teammates, had three carries for 15 yards but did not attempt a pass. He made his first appearance in the second quarter.
Frazier completed 13 of 22 passes for 97 yards. His two interceptions gave him seven in four games for Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC).
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Wallace "earned the right to play."
"That's as simple as I can put it, and he will continue to earn the right to play some more," Chizik said, who later said "I wouldn't read any more into that."
Wallace was a hot postgame topic, because the lack of offense kept Auburn from pulling off the upset.
Onterrio McCalebb scored Auburn's touchdown on 4-yard run on the last play of the first quarter to make it 9-7 and from there it was nothing but field goals and defense.
McCalebb was held to 24 yards on 11 carries.
LSU's defense was dominant as Sam Montgomery delivered a first-quarter safety.
Auburn led 10-9 at halftime, but finished with only 183 yards — 86 rushing and 97 passing.
"We fought our tails off," said Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who had five catches for 29 yards. "Defense played really well. Offense didn't. We kept the defense on the field most of the game, and you can't do that."
LSU coach Les Miles said he can use the hard-fought win as "a tremendous lesson" for a team more accustomed to lopsided victories.
"We were tested and we answered the call," Miles said.
A fumbled punt return by Auburn's Quan Bray set up Drew Alleman's 30-yard field goal late in the third quarter that gave LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) a 12-10 lead. Alleman missed a 34-yarder with 39 seconds remaining.
Auburn managed only one first down after Alleman's miss. Frazier's final pass was intercepted by Tharold Simon as the game ended.
"We didn't finish," Chizik said. "There will be a day when we will. We will continue to grind and work until we can."
Frazier said Auburn "really left a lot of plays out there."
"We played a great team," Frazier said. "We have to give them all their credit. There's a reason why they're No. 2 in the country."
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