The Crimson Tide showed why they're No. 1 tonight in Death Valley after pulling ahead with less than a minute on the clock for a 21-17 win against LSU.
After a modest offensive start for both teams, LSU showed they weren't playing around, ending their second possession by putting 3 points on the board. Drew Alleman kicked that 38-yard field goal.
Bama finally woke up during their third possession, with Eddie Lacy running for three first downs and 42 yards. However, Alabama took a hit when Kevin Norwood earned them a 15-yard penalty for pass interference. Bama faltered after that and Cody Mandell kicked a 39-yard punt for a touchback. However, LSU didn't make it very far before the end of the first quarter.
Bama really found their rhythm in the second quarter. They forced a punt for LSU and started with a fair catch at Alabama's 8 yard line. In a combination of running and play action, Bama moved quickly down field to LSU's 7 yard line. At 1st and goal, Eddie Lacy came through, literally, rushing 7 yards for the first touchdown of the night. Bama now led 6 to 3. Jeremy Shelley earned the Tide the extra point to make it 7 to 3.
LSU's Michael Ford made a mental mistake on the next punt return. Instead of taking the touchback he ran, only making it to the 12 yard line. This play ultimately set the tone for LSU's possession. Brad Wing's 48-yard punt was returned by Bama's Cyrus Jones, who fumbled the catch. LSU's Jerqwinick Sandolph recovered the ball at Bama's 42 yard line. The Tigers made it all the way to the Bama 13-yard line but it fell apart when J.C. Copeland took a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. LSU couldn't recover fast enough.
Bama finished out the first half with a surprise touchdown from quarterback AJ McCarron. At 2nd & 2, LSU defenders played too heavy on the outside, leaving the middle wide open. After a quick scan of the field, McCarron rushed 9 yards into the endzone and Jeremy Shelley completed his field goal. Bama lead at halftime 14 to 3.
The Crimson Tide started the second quarter with their smallest halftime lead this season. This half started slow, with neither team making much headway until LSU's second possession when Kadron Boone and Odell Beckham completed passes for first downs.
Next, a false start hurt the Tiger's momentum. On the next play, they came back for 1st and goal and Jeremy Hill ran in their first touchdown. Alleman added an extra point. With about 3 minutes to go in the third quarter, Alabama had 14 points and LSU had 10.
LSU's Hairston then made an onside kick but the ball was turned over to Bama for a first down after Hairston touched the ball before 10 yards. Yeldon made his own mistake for Bama when he fumbled the ball on 3rd & 3 at LSU's 10 yard line. J.C. Copeland redeemed himself at the end of the third quarter, running the ball 42 yards into Bama territory.
LSU kept that momentum going and in the first two minutes of the final quarter Mettenberger completed a 14 yard pass to Jarvis Landry deep in the endzone, adding seven points to the board. Drew Alleman added the extra point, bringing the score to 14-17 LSU.
At 11:00, Mettenberger fired a 33-yard pass downfield to Odell Beckham, putting LSU on Bama's 33 yard line. After this point, LSU's defense and several key passes from Mettenberger began to wear down the Tide.
Soon enough Bama was in position to kick a field goal. At 1st & 10, Norwood brought Bama within 30 yards of the endzone. McCarron then threw an incomplete pass to Norwood while he waited in the endzone. On the next play, Yeldon was able to sneak past the LSU defense for another touchdown. With less than a minute on the clock, Alabama had pulled ahead to 20 points against LSU's 17. Shelley's field goal brought the score to 21-17.
LSU took their last possession of the ball but couldn't come back.
Next week, the Tide will host SEC newcomers Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Coverage details have not been released yet.