By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The (2) LSU Tigers escaped with a narrow win over (3) Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Tigers won 46-41 over the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This was the Tigers first win over the Crimson Tide since the 2011 season. Also, with the win, LSU is clearly in the title hunt.
The Tigers are now 9-0 on the season, including 5-0 in conference play.
The Crimson Tide fell to 8-1 on the season. The loss dropped the team to 5-1 in conference play.
The loss also eliminated the Crimson Tide from the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia in December. The Tigers will be taking the Crimson Tide’s spot in the game now vs. an SEC East team, possibly the Georgia Bulldogs.
Plus, in terms of the College Football Playoff, the Crimson Tide needs a miracle to find themselves back into the Top 4. The College Football Playoff will have to determine of a one-loss SEC team is better than other one-loss teams around the country, who may end up winning their conference championship.
The Committee will make their decision known on Sunday, December 8th.
The performance also may have won the Heisman Trophy for the Tigers senior quarterback Joe Burrow. He came to play on the biggest game of his college career.
Burrow went 31 of 39 for 393 yards. He also threw three touchdowns.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 20 carries for 103 yards and three touchdowns.
Ja’Marr Chase had six receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. Edwards-Helaire had nine receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. Terrace Marshall Jr. had two receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went 21 of 40 for 418 yards. He also had four touchdowns passes and one interception.
This was Tagovailoa’s first game back after missing the Oct. 26 game against the Arkansas Razorbacks. He had ankle surgery that caused him to miss the contest before returning on Saturday.
Najee Harris had 19 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown.
DeVonte Smith had seven receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy also had five receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Harris had three receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown.
The Crimson Tide outscored the Tigers 28-13 in the second half. Tagovailoa hit Harris for a 15-yard touchdown reception. Harris also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown.
Tagovailoa hit Jeudy for a five-yard touchdown reception. Tagovailoa also hit Smith for an 85-yard touchdown reception.
Edwards-Helaire scored on a seven-yard rushing touchdown for the Tigers. Edwards-Helaire also scored on a five-yard rushing touchdown. Following the five-yard rushing touchdown, the two-point conversion attempt failed.
Tigers led 33-13 at halftime. Burrow hit Chase for a 33-yard touchdown reception. Burrow also connected with Marshall Jr. for a 29-yard touchdown reception. Following Marshall Jr.’s touchdown, Cade York’s PAT was blocked.
Edwards-Helaire scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. He also scored on a 13-yard rushing touchdown.
York made two field goals, including a 45-yard field goal. He also made a 40-yard field goal.
Jaylen Waddle scored on a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown for the Tide. Tagovailoa hit Smith for a 64-yard touchdown reception.
Following the touchdown, Joseph Bulovas’ PAT failed.