Bama/LSU photo report

Alabama fans are used to seeing a dominant defensive performance, but most of the time in the past it's been their team doing the dominating. <br><br>Saturday LSU was just too good for the Tide.

(Above left) Former Tide middle linebacker Marvin Constant delivered the game ball to midfield before the opening kickoff. Constant's promising college career was cut short by a devastating knee injury suffered on the final play of the 1999 LSU game.


Alabama's 2003 seniors gather on the field before the start of the game. It was the last game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for this star-crossed group of athletes.


Linebackers Juwan Garth (#42, left), Freddie Roach (#8, top) and Derrick Pope (#6) tackle the LSU running back. Pope has finally gotten over his ankle injury and is back playing at full speed, which is bad news for opposing ball carriers. (Barry Fikes photo)


Tyrone Prothro runs with the football. Precious few of Bama's offensive players had much luck Saturday, but the true freshman provided a spark both on special teams and as a receiver. (Barry Fikes photo)


With Freddie Roach (#8) trailing the play, defensive end Nautyn McKay-Loescher hits LSU's quarterback after he released the ball. Unfortunately for Bama fans, for most of the game Matt Mauck operated virtually untouched. (Barry Fikes photo)


Kenneth Darby fights for yardage. Working as Bama's second tailback, Darby turned in several tough runs, finishing with 41 yards on 10 carries to lead the Tide in rushing. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


One of the reasons that Alabama's offense was struggling was that All-America offensive tackle Wesley Britt was forced to watch the game from the sidelines on crutches. Britt's broken leg is expected to heal, but obviously he's lost for the rest of the season.


Working against Michael Clayton (one of the best receivers in the nation) for most of the game, Alabama's Charlie Peprah (#26) gave up several plays. But he also made a few of his own, forcing a fumble and recovering it himself and intercepting a pass to end an LSU drive and then returning it for 36 yards. (Barry Fikes photo)


Senior offensive linemen Atlas Herrion (#75) and Matt Lomax (#69) watch from the sideline. Obviously the loss wasn't the way Bama's seniors wanted to finish up their home careers, but two games remain to make a statement.



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