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Malzahn seeks offensive balance against LSU

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn Tigers are definitely a run-first team, but they'll have to be more of a run/pass team if they want to win against LSU on Saturday.

That's according to head coach Gus Malzahn.

Auburn is averaging 238.7 yards per game on the ground, and just 201.7 through the air.

"We can't be one-dimensional against them, there's no doubt," Malzahn said after practice on Wednesday. "They're a very good defense, and we think we're going to have to have balance to be successful."

On the other sideline, LSU is enjoying an offensive explosion the team has not seen in awhile, specifically in the passing game. The Bayou Bengals average 269.3 yards per game through the air to go with a rushing attack that has put up 218.7 per contest so far.

"They've got two very good receivers," Malzahn said. "Their quarterback has done a good job. He's protected the football. I believe he hasn't thrown an interception yet and has quite a few touchdowns. Any time you couple that with a good running game, that's a challenge."

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger—the former UGA quarterback—is completing 65 percent of his passes, has indeed thrown no interceptions to go with nine touchdowns.

Kickoff for Saturday is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET in Baton Rouge, La.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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