Notes From Tide’s OT Win In Tiger Stadium

When Alabama defeated LSU, 20-13, in overtime Saturday night, it marked the Crimson Tide’s first overtime sin since a 27-21 over LSU win at Tiger Stadium on Nov. 8, 2008, and improved the Crimson Tide to 5-8 all-time in overtime games, including a 3-1 mark in overtime games on the road. Here are notes from Saturday night’s game.

Alabama now leads the opverall series with LSU by a 49-25-5 margin and has won four straight and six of the last eight in the series. The Crimson Tide has a 26-9-2 record in Baton Rouge and a 29-9-3 record in the state of Louisiana.

LSU Coach Les Miles has a record of 46-4 in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium with two of the four losses coming at the hands of Bama. All of the losses have come to teams that were either ranked number one at the time of the game (Florida in 2008 and Alabama in 2012) or reached number one at some point in the season (Mississippi State and Alabama this year).

Junior wide receiver Amari Cooper took over two more Alabama receiving records in Baton Rouge. With his first reception of the game, a nine-yard play in the first quarter, he established a new record for pass receiving yards, surpassing Julio Jones’ mark. Jones had 1,133 yards in the 2010 season on 78 catches. Cooper had eight receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown against LSU and now has 79 receptions for 1,215 yards.

Cooper also became the new career receiving record-holder at Bama. With his fifth reception against LSU he passed D.J. Hall for number one in career receiving yards. Hall had 2,923 yards in his career, 2004-07. Cooper now has 2,951 yards.

T.J. Yeldon had 68 yards rushing against LSU, a relatively modest total for the junior tailback. Yeldon, however, eclipsed the 3,000-yard total for his career. He now has 3,029 career rushing yards, ranking sixth in Bama history.

There had been some question as to whether freshman offensive tackle Cam Robinson would be able to play against LSU after he had been injured in the Tide’s last game, against Tennessee two weeks earlier. He had a high ankle sprain. He was able to practice last week, started against LSU, and played every offensive snap.

With Cooper’s 23-yard touchdown reception from Blake Sims in the second quarter, Alabama has now scored in the first half of 98 consecutive games, the second longest streak in the nation for that achievement.

That touchdown also continued Alabama’s program record of scoring in 178 consecutive games.

Alabama had the ball for only one full possession in the third quarter and the Crimson Tide was held scoreless in the third period for the first time this season.

The Crimson Tide defense has recorded a sack in all but one game this season (Florida) and added to its total with one from Jonathan Allen and another from Xzavier Dickson and D.J. Pettway against LSU. Alabama now has 24 sacks on the season for an average of 2.67 per game. The Tide entered the game tied for 34th nationally and fifth in the SEC in sacks.

Butkus Award semifinalist Reggie Ragland had another big game for the Crimson Tide defense collecting 13 tackles, including four solos and one for loss. He leads the team with 69 total tackles this season.

Jarran Reed finished as the Tide’s leader in tackles with a career-high 15 stops. Entering the contest, the junior defensive lineman had 20 total tackles this season.

Although it may not have seemed like it because LSU had the ball so much (the Tigers won the time of possession battle, 38:16 to 21:44), Alabama held the Tigers to under 300 yards of total offense, 259 to be exact (183 rushing and 76 passing). In Coach Nick Saban’s last 90 games at Bama, the opposing offense has been held to under 300 yards total offense 65 times (72.2 per cent of the games). The Tide has held five of nine opponents under 300 this season.

Captains for Alabama were wide receiver DeAndrew White, offensive tackle Austin Shepherd, and linebacker Trey DePriest.

Attendance for the game was 102,321, which equaled the capacity and record crowds in Tiger Stadium also established in games against Mississippi State and Ole Miss. LSU expanded the stadium for this season and Tiger Stadium now lists capacity at precisely 500 more seats than Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821).

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