Published November 5, 2011 - 10:57pm
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This game was a slugfest, a defensive showdown with no touchdowns in the entire game. The defenses lived up to the hype. The offenses? Not exactly. LSU did a great job keeping Trent Richardson in check and Alabama for the most part, kept the Tigers in check throughout the night. Both defenses made plays with two Jarrett Lee interceptions and two interceptions by AJ McCarron.
Miles went with Jefferson after it was clear that Lee didn’t have his usual 2011-like sharpness. Jefferson was able to open up the game a bit and keep the Alabama defense on their toes through the option game and Jefferson’s scrambling. Still, it was not enough to get it in the end zone.
The difference as many expected was the special teams. While LSU special teams were great again, Alabama really struggled in the field goal game with four missed field goals including one in overtime. Frankly, it’s amazing that Alabama can’t find a better kicker than what they have currently.
As the 4th quarter counted down, it became apparent both coaches were content to go into overtime and not risk a big turnover in the remaining minutes.
Some may view the game as boring with no touchdowns, all defense and five field goals, but the game was a great football game with two quality teams going at it all night. Kudos to LSU for going into yet another tough, tough road environment and getting the win. They are the clear #1 team in the country.
We’ll break this one down further in the coming days.
Here are a few highlights from the game: