In recent weeks, a few other teams around the nation have taken the spotlight. On Saturday night, Alabama snapped it back and ran with it. Bama lovers and haters alike sat riveted as a field goal separated the two teams at halftime.
That is when it all changed. The Bama coaching staff made all the right adjustments as the Crimson Tide returned to the field and outscored LSU 21-3 and shut them out in the fourth quarter. I have a feeling Nick Saban gave a halftime speech for the ages.
Second Half Drives:
|LSU||15:00||3||02:59||LSU 26||6||50||Field Goal Good|
|Alabama||12:01||3||07:50||ALA 21||14||79||Rushing Touchdown|
|Alabama||00:15||3||04:44||ALA 29||10||71||Rushing Touchdown|
|LSU||10:31||4||01:21||LSU 18||4||-3||Turnover on Downs|
|Alabama||09:10||4||05:00||ALA 21||8||78||Passing Touchdown|
|LSU||04:10||4||02:15||LSU 30||5||-6||Turnover on Downs|
|Alabama||01:55||4||01:55||ALA 24||3||-9||End of Game|
* Negative 9 yards of offense for LSU in the 4th quarter.
In the first half, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron struggled with his long accuracy and it looked like he might have a long night. Coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier perceptively got him back on track with short passes.
The Crimson Tide offensive line continues to congeal as a unit and played a fine game. Alabama allowed its first quarterback sack since the Ole Miss game. However, it was on a naked play where the Tigers' Jermauria Rasco unexpectedly stayed home. You can't really lay blame for that sack.
A few stats:
1st Downs: LSU 16 Bama 25
Rushing yards: LSU 43 Bama 193
Penalties: LSU 7 Bama 4
Turnovers: LSU 2 Bama 0
Quarters played: LSU 2.1 Bama 4
* No injuries to report!
Observation on CBS: after listening to the nails-on-the-chalkboard Tim Brando for the Texas A&M-Mississippi State game, Uncle Verne was a delight. Gary Danielson was pretty darn sharp. He picked up on a lot of intricacies of the game.
Recruiting: Bryant-Denny was packed with blue-chippers and celebrities. Almost every recruit who has given their verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide was at the game as well as some undecided players like Leonard Fournette, Marlon Humphrey,, Raekwon McMillan, and Laurence "Hootie" Jones.
Star Power: The celebrities in attendance included several former Bama players whose NFL teams either played Thursday night or have a bye this week. New England Patriots Dont'a Hightower, Kansas City Chiefs Nico Johnson and New York Jets Dee Milliner were all spotted on the sideline.
Former Alabama great Marty Lyons was honored at halftime. Lyons was an All-American defensive tackle for coach Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide teams from 1975 to 1978. He was a key player in the set of fourth quarter plays known as "The Goal Line Stand" in the 1979 Sugar Bowl against Penn State. He went on to play 11 seasons for the New York Jets.
Also in attendance was New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy. Peavy, a native of Mobile, was the guest picker on ESPN "GameDay". BTW, He picked Vandy over Florida and Va Tech over Miami, but picked Michigan and Penn State. And of course he picked Bama.