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AUBURN, Alabama (Ticker) -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville received a sweet - if highly improbable - gift on his 50th birthday.

With 74 seconds remaining, John Vaughn successfully converted his second extra-point attempt after a defensive personal foul to help No. 15 Auburn snap fourth-ranked Louisiana State's 10-game winning streak, 10-9.

In a Southeastern Conference battle of Tigers, defending co-national champion LSU (3-0, 0-1 SEC West) missed an early extra point but used a superlative defensive performance to hold a 9-3 lead for nearly the final three quarters.

But with just over three minutes remaining and his team facing 4th-and-12 at the LSU 28, Auburn's Jason Campbell completed a 14-yard pass to Courtney Taylor.

"We called a timeout to get everything together," Tuberville said of the play. "We really wanted Jason to roll out, but (LSU defensive end) Marcus Spears was over there and you can't hardly block him with three men, let alone one. LSU blitzed from a couple different places, forcing Jason to throw it early, but he did a great job concentrating and hitting the receiver he wanted to."

Three plays later, Campbell found Taylor wide open in the middle of the end zone for a 16-yard score with 1:14 remaining.

"It was a basic route," Taylor said. "We had been practicing it all week. We knew that the game was going to be tough and one big play could win it. Jason threw the ball perfectly. All I had to do was execute the catch."

"It was a huge sigh of relief," Campbell said. "This was a tough game to play. We got in the red zone three times before and couldn't come away with anything. We just kept going and I think we picked a good time to strike. We knew if we kept plugging, something would happen."

After a botched snap, Vaughn hooked the extra point just wide left, apparently keeping the game tied and snapping a streak of 190 consecutive extra points made by Auburn. But LSU freshman Early Doucet was called for a personal foul on the play, and Vaughn nailed his second attempt to give Auburn a 10-9 lead.

"It is odd that we missed (the first attempt) since we currently have the longest streak of extra points in the nation," Tuberville said. "But we got a second chance and John Vaughn put it through. Sometimes in a good season, you just have to have lucky things go your way."

LSU edged Oregon State in its season opener, 22-21, in overtime, when the Beavers' Alexis Serna missed his third extra point in the extra period.

JaMarcus Russell moved LSU to midfield before his pass to Doucet near the 30 was intercepted by Auburn safety Junior Rosegreen with nine seconds remaining.

"That's a really tough game for our players," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We just had a lot of opportunities we squandered, whether it means missing an extra point earlier in the game or situation where we needed to get a stop late in the game. We missed several opportunities to score."

Campbell completed 16-of-27 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown for Auburn (3-0, 2-0), which was routed at LSU last year, 31-7.

Russell went 8-of-19 for 123 yards and an interception, while Randall was 4-of-9 for 45 yards an a TD.

"I don't think (rotating quarterbacks) threw off the rhythm," Randall said. "There were a lot of mental errors that took place. We both scored on our first drives, but we couldn't keep that same intensity."

LSU grabbed an early 6-0 lead on Randall's nine-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe, but Ryan Gaudet missed the extra point. Vaughn halved the deficit with a 29-yard field goal with 1:37 left in the first quarter before Chris Jackson made it 9-3 with a 42-yard kick with 13:48 remaining in the half.

Auburn had a chance to take the lead with just over a minute left in the third quarter but Campbell could not connect with Anthony Mix in the end zone on 4th-and-goal.

In the evenly played matchup, LSU held a 140-131 edge in rushing yards but Auburn had a narrow 170-168 advantage in passing yards. Both teams fumbled the ball once.

"That is the game of football. That's life," said LSU's Justin Vincent, who was limited to 34 yards on 12 carries. "We had our opportunities also. It is a learning experience. We will go watch film Monday, learn from our mistakes and move on to Mississippi State (next Saturday)."


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