NCAA Game Summary - LSU at Alabama|
(Saturday, November 5th)
Final Score: (1) LSU 9, (2) Alabama 6 (OT)
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - The most recent edition of the "Game of the
Century" was fittingly decided in overtime, as the top-ranked LSU Tigers took
advantage of Alabama's shaky kicking game to edge the No. 2 Crimson Tide, 9-6.
Drew Alleman's 25-yard field goal in the extra session ended college
football's first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in five years, but only after Alabama
missed its fourth field goal in the defensive slugfest.
"We just didn't execute well enough in certain situations and did not take
advantage of some of the opportunities that we had," said Alabama head coach
Nick Saban, who served as LSU's head coach from 2000-04.
Cade Foster was unsuccessful on three kicks, including a 52-yard try after the
Tide (8-1, 5-1 SEC) went backwards on the first possession of OT.
Michael Ford's 15-yard run set up the game-winner and put the Tigers (9-0,
6-0) in the driver's seat in the SEC West and the BCS national title race.
Jordan Jefferson saw a majority of snaps under center for LSU after Jarrett
Lee threw a pair of interceptions. Jefferson completed 6-of-10 passes for 67
yards and added 43 yards on the ground, while Ford gained 72 yards on 11
"We just felt...that the couple of scrambles Jefferson had made the difference
and moved the chains. That gave us a huge advantage," LSU head coach Les Miles
Trent Richardson shouldered the load for Alabama, amassing 169 yards from
scrimmage. A.J. McCarron threw for 199 yards with an interception on 16-of-28
attempts in defeat.
The matchup was the first of its kind in SEC regular season history and was
full of suspense despite neither team finding the end zone.
The closest LSU got was at the end of the first half, when an Alabama holding
penalty gave the Tigers 1st-and-goal from the two before they settled for a
19-yard Alleman field goal just before intermission.
The kick came after Jeremy Shelley broke the scoreless tie with a 34-yard
field goal with 3:53 showing.
Interceptions led to another exchange of field goals in the second half.
Lee, on his first snap since getting picked off in the second quarter, threw
into double coverage and was intercepted by Mark Barron, whose 34-yard return
down to the LSU five-yard line was negated by a block in the back penalty.
Foster, after missing two kicks in the first half, was called on again and
this time snuck in his 46-yard attempt inside the left upright with 7:56
remaining in the third.
The Tide forced another punt in their territory on LSU's next possession, but
Morris Claiborne stepped in front of a McCarron pass along the right sideline
and took the ball back to the Alabama 15.
Three runs netted just two yards for LSU, and Alleman knocked in a 30-yarder
on the second play of the fourth to tie it.
Richardson's 24-yard jaunt penetrated Tigers territory on the ensuing
possession, but a trick play ended in disaster for the Tide. Wide receiver
Marquis Maze was lined up in shotgun formation and faked a run before
targeting an open Michael Williams near the goal line.
The tight end had to wait for Maze's lob, allowing safety Eric Reid to make a
play on the ball. Williams appeared to make a leaping catch at the one, but
Reid stole the ball away before hitting the ground for a pivotal turnover.
Alabama forced a three-and-out, but Maze opted not to field Brad Wing's
booming punt, resulting in a 73-yard kick, one of four Wing pinned inside the
The teams traded punts, and the Tide played for overtime after getting the
ball back at their own 20 with 52 seconds on the clock.
"It was a great battle tonight. We gave the fans and the world a good show
tonight," Tigers safety Brandon Taylor said.
Richardson gave Alabama plenty of chances to score in the first half. The
hulking back gained 18 and 22 yards on the first two plays from scrimmage to
reach LSU's 30-yard line, only to have Foster push his 44-yard attempt wide
right a little later.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw
said. "It just came down to who executed on the chances that they had. They
Foster was short and to the right on a 50-yard try late in the opening stanza,
and Alabama gave Shelley a chance following a Lee interception.
Shelley, though, had his 49-yard attempt blocked by Bennie Logan, and the
score remained scoreless until Richardson turned a short swing pass into a 39-
yard gain to get into Shelley's field goal range.
Richardson was knocked out of bounds at the LSU 19-yard line after breaking a
pair of arm tackles, and Shelley split the uprights from 34 yards out for the
game's first points.
LSU had not trailed since the second quarter of its season opener against
Two of the Tigers' first three possessions ended with punts in enemy
territory, but they got on the board before the half thanks in part to Russell
Shepard hauling in a 29-yard pass from Jefferson.
The previous No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in college football pitted Ohio State and
Michigan in November, 2006...It was the 23rd meeting of top-ranked teams in
the 76-year history of the AP poll...Both teams had won their first eight
games this year by double figures and were averaging over 39 points per
contest...Lee had thrown just one interception coming in...LSU improved to
19-3 in games played as the No. 1 ranked team...Richardson became the 11th
Tide player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season...LSU plays Western
Kentucky next week before wrapping up its conference slate against Ole Miss
and Arkansas...Alabama will look to rebound against Mississippi State next
11/06 01:29:51 ET