Rapid Reaction: No. 10 LSU outlasts No. 6 Alabama, 32-31, in OT
First place in the SEC West was on the line when No. 6 Alabama visited No. 10 LSU on Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (7-2, 4-2) could take control with a victory heading into its game next week at Ole Miss, the only other team in the division with just 1 loss.
The Tigers (7-2, 5-1), who hold a tiebreaker over the Rebels by virtue of a 45-20 victory 2 weeks ago, could take sole possession of 1st place with a victory.
The game was as tight as the division as the lead changed hands 6 times in the 2nd half before LSU prevailed 32-31 in overtime.
On the 1st possession of overtime Roydell Williams ran 1 yard for a touchdown to give Alabama a 31-24 lead. On the next play Jayden Daniels ran 25 yards for a touchdown and Daniels threw a 2-point conversion to Mason Taylor for the win.
Alabama’s Will Reichard kicked a 46-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in the 4th quarter to force overtime after Daniels had thrown a 7-yard touchdown pass to Taylor with 1:47 remaining to give LSU a 24-21 lead.
Bryce Young had given Bama a 21-17 lead when he eluded 3 pass rushers on 3rd and 10 and threw a 41-yard touchdown to Ja’Corey Brooks with 4:44 left.
On the 1st possession of the 3rd quarter, Bama converted twice on 4th and 1 as it drove to Will Reichard’s 38-yard field goal that gave the Tide their first lead of the game, 9-7 midway through the period.
On the ensuing possession Daniels ran 21 yards, Josh Williams ran 16 yards and Daniels converted a 3rd and 7 with a 9-yard completion to Kayshon Boutte.
After a 3rd-down pass interference penalty on former LSU cornerback Eli Ricks in the end zone, Williams ran 2 yards for a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 14-9 lead that they took into the 4th quarter.
A facemask penalty on LSU erased a third-down sack of Daniels at the Tigers 36 and 2 plays later Roydell Williams ran 2 yards for a Tide touchdown. Young’s 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, leaving Bama with 15-14 lead with 12:37 remaining.
Daniels drove the Tigers to a 32-yard field goal by Damian Ramos that gave them a 17-15 lead with 6:52 left.
LSU crossed midfield on the 1st possession of the game, attempting to score first for the first time in an SEC game this season. But a holding penalty knocked it off schedule and Bama forced a punt.
The Tide drove to the Tigers’ 4 on the ensuing possession, but Bryce Young forced a pass while under pressure and Jarrick Bernard-Converse made an interception in the end zone.
LSU crossed midfield again on its 2nd possession, but Bama forced another punt and the game remained scoreless at the end of the 1st quarter.
The Tigers reached Tide territory again and punted again on their 4th possession. Though they didn’t have any points to show for the field position, they did manage to back up Bama’s offense. After the first possession, the Tide’s next 3 possessions started at their 10, 11 and 10 and each ended as a 3 and out.
The field-position advantage finally paid off when LSU took over at the Bama 49 after a punt and 4 plays later Daniels threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to John Emery Jr. for a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers had trailed Mississippi State 13-0, Auburn 17-0, Tennessee 20-0, Florida 7-0 and Ole Miss in its previous SEC games.
On the ensuing possession the Tide were on the verge of another 3 and out, but on 3rd and 11 Young connected with Jase McClellan for a 65-yard gain to the LSU. But the Tigers held and Will Reichard kicked a 29-yard field goal to trim the lead to 7-3.
Bama forced a punt on the ensuing possession and took over at its 19 with 3:21 left in the half.
Young had completions of 5, 4, 12, 14 and 14 yards to reach the LSU 26, but on the last completion, Sage Ryan stripped the ball loose from Cameron Latu and Greg Brooks Jr. pounced on the ball for the Tigers.
The play was ruled a fumble recovery by LSU, but a review determined that Latu was out of bounds and touched the ball before Brooks gained possession, making it a dead ball and the Tide retained possession.
Young threw 2 incompletions, then Jahmyr Gibbs was stopped 2 yards short of a first down on a third-down completion as Reichard kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired, leaving the Tigers with a 7-6 halftime lead.