What a game of SEC Football down in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. LSU brought their best and threw everything including some risky gambles at Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide team. They almost pulled it out. AJ McCarron led a drive with under two minutes to go ending in a TJ Yeldon touchdown which put the Crimson Tide up 4 with just seconds to go.
As this game closed in on an exciting finish, the entire country tuned in to watch this heavyweight match. There will be no criticism about the excitement of this game.
As we stated this week, to win this game, LSU had to get great quarterback play from Zach Mettenberger, win the turnover battle and make aggressive plays. LSU did all three of these things, but the risky gambles did not go the way of the Tigers. Head coach Les Miles will get some criticism for the failed fake field goal on a 4th and 12, the failed onside kick attempt and the failed 4th down conversion, but it was clear that Miles was going to throw everything at the Tide.
The biggest story of the night was the LSU offense which moved up and down the field at will. Mettenberger converted third down after third down.
- LSU converted 10 of 20 third downs while Alabama only converted 1 of 9.
- LSU made 22 first downs and 435 yards of offense. Alabama had 18 first downs and 331 yards of offense
- Alabama had 2 turnovers compared to LSU’s zero turnovers.
When it mattered though, AJ McCarron completed 4 of 5 passes going 72 yards for a winning touchdown drive with just 1:34 left in the game.
The third battle between these two teams in the last year ended up being the most dramatic. This game lived up to the hype and then some.
Alabama’s perfect season continues. Kudos to LSU for giving this game their all.