Notes From LSU

Alabama lost two coin tosses to LSU Saturday. The Bengal Tigers won the toss to start the game (and deferred), then won the toss to begin the overtime period. LSU selected to open the overtime period on defense, while Alabama chose the South (student section) end zone. Historically, teams that start the overtime period on defense have been winners.

Alabama has lost the toss in eight of 10 games this year.

Was this for Sylvester? Following last week's Alabama victory over Mississippi State, Bulldogs Coach Sylvester Croom said he told Bama freshman running back Jimmy Johns that he would never play quarterback at Alabama. On the first play of the second quarter against LSU, Johns lined up at quarterback. He ran a quarterback sweep for a 13-yard gain, part of an 11-play, 84-yard drive to Bama's only touchdown.

Alabama played its final home game of the season. Bama finished 2005 with a 6-1 record in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game was the first in history in Tuscaloosa in which both teams were ranked in the nation's top five (Alabama third in some polls, fourth in some, LSU fifth).

It was the final home game for 23 Alabama seniors who were introduced before the game.

Despite the loss, Alabama continues to have a substantial winning record against LSU. Bama has 43 wins, 21 losses and there were five ties before overtime ended college ties. LSU has won six of the last 10 meetings.

Alabama has not done well in overtime games. Bama is 2-5 in such contests. Bama has not won an overtime game since beating Florida, 40-39, in Gainesville in 1999.

Although he did not have a great day, Alabama qauarterback Brodie Croyle became the first Crimson Tide player to pass for over 2,000 yards in two different seasons. For the year Croyle has completed 170 of 283 passes for 2,157 yards. He also became Bama's all-time passing leader with 6,000 yards, surpassing the record of Andrew Zow (5,983). Croyle, who has completed 456 of 813 passes, needs just four completions to become Bama's all-time leader. Zow had 459 completes and a record 852 attempts.

Croyle completed a 14-yard pass to Le'Ron McClain on the first play of the game, the 10th time this year Alabama has opened the game with a completed pass.

Kenneth Darby rushed for 104 yards. He has had 10 100-yard rushing games in his career and Alabama has won eight of them. the two losses were both against LSU. He had 109 yards rushing in the loss to the Bengal Tigers in Baton Rouge last year.

Although LSU came into the game with a reputation for turning the ball over, Alabama did not have a fumble recovery or interception in the game, breaking a streak of 25 straight games with having at least one takeaway.


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