No. 10 LSU
stayed with No. 1 Alabama until late in the third quarter, but the Crimson Tide
pulled away with three long touchdown drives late in the game to beat the
Tigers, 38-17 Saturday night.
3-3 SEC) was plagued by crucial miscues early in the game. The Tigers' first
drive of the game appeared to be culminating with a touchdown, but the ball was
stripped from fullback J.C. Copeland's hands just short of the goal line and
Dutchtown's Landon Collins recovered the fumble for the Tide. On the next LSU
drive, quarterback Zach Mettenberger didn't see Elliott Porter's shotgun snap and
the fumble was easily recovered by Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC). The turnover led to a
41-yard field goal by the Tide for a 3-0 lead.
connected with wide receiver Jarvis Landry on a 45-yard pass on a drive which
ended with a Jeremy Hill touchdown in the second quarter to give LSU a 7-3
lead. However, the Tide regained the lead with an AJ McCarron touchdown pass to
O.J. Howard. The score made it 10-7. Alabama would then extend that lead to 17-7
with a touchdown toss from McCarron to Kevin Norwood. LSU cut Alabama's lead to
17-14 before the end of the first half with a 6-yard touchdown pass from
Mettenberger to Travin Dural.
start of the third quarter, Mettenberger was saved from almost being intercepted
when Dillon Gordon caught the pass the defender couldn't secure. LSU tied the
game at 17-17 on a 41-yard field goal by Colby Delahoussaye. However, the Tide
would convert a punt fake for a first down on a drive that helped them pull
away from LSU 24-17 after a touchdown run by T.J. Yeldon. In the fourth
quarter, Alabama had a touchdown called back because of an illegal formation.
However, just two plays later, Yeldon scored again to give Alabama the 31-17
Beckham Jr. returned the following kickoff for 82 yards, but Alabama held the
Tigers at the Tide's 21-yard line and took over on downs. Alabama wrapped up
its win over LSU as McCarron threw his third touchdown pass of the game. This
one went to Jalston Fowler to make it 38-17.
LSU has a
bye week to regroup before facing Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium on Nov. 23.