It will be a very disappointed and angry group of Tigers that comes to Arkansas this weekend.
Fourth-ranked Alabama rallied in the final minute of regulation to tie it and then grabbed a 20-13 victory over No. 14 LSU in overtime before a record-tying 102,321 fans at Tiger Stadium.
“I have a team that played a great game, a tough game, a physical game and could have expected to finish first in that in that game,” Tigers head coach Les Miles said after the game. “It was a tough one. I have a bad taste in my mouth from that game.”
LSU (7-3, 3-3) will visit Arkansas (4-5, 0-5) next Saturday night at 7 p.m.
“You can look and see a number of ways we could have won this football game,” Miles said. “There are things that we can control, things we have to improve on and things that are youthful mistakes that we will certainly fix and work on.”
LSU kicker Colby Delahousaye had put LSU up 10-7 with a 39-yard field goal with 50 seconds left.
“It’s tough one to swallow,” Delahoussaye said. “I wish it would have ended differently. We’ve got such a great team. For it to end like that, we don’t deserve that. Our guys don’t deserve that. We’re going to come back from this and we’re going to be better.”
A huge play late was an unsportsmanlike penalty called on Tiger offensive lineman Vadal Alexader after LSU had recovered an Alabama fumble at its own six yard line with 1:13 left in the game.
It resulted in the Tigers being forced to kick the field goal instead of a potential game-winning touchdown.
“Obviously it was impacting,” LSU center Elliot Porter said. (It was a) close game. (You’ve) got to score, especially on the six-yard line.”
LSU then kicked the ball out of bounds, putting Alabama at the 35 and giving them a better chance to tie the game, which they did on Adam Griffith’s 27-yard field goal.
“We are talking about driving it in for a seven pointer,” Miles said. “Then, even if the mistake is made on the kickoff, the game would be out of reach. That penalty was at a tremendously pointed time in the game.”
Blake Sims’ 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White on the opening possession of overtime proved to be the game-winner.
“This is a great atmosphere for college football,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “It was tough…I’m really proud of those players.”
Alabama (8-1, 5-1) edged Arkansas 14-13 earlier this season – part of the Razorbacks’ current 17-game SEC losing streak.
LSU has three victories over Arkansas in that streak, including a 31-27 comeback win last season in Baton Rouge.
LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings – now the starter and 8-2 in his tenure – came off the bench to lead a 99-yard drive that gave the Tigers the win.
Jennings – who entered the game when starter Zach Mettenburger was injured – threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Duval with 1:15 left that capped the rally.
“I’m numb,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said after the game. I’m frustrated and wanted to have some good feelings heading into the offseason. I just wanted to give these seniors the Golden Boot trophy and see them run acorss the field. I wanted to see them celebrate. I wanted our guys to taste it.”
On Saturday night, Jennings threw four incomplete passes on LSU’s possession in overtime and was just 8-of-26 passing on the night for 76 yards.
The Tigers did rush for 183 yards with prized freshman Leonard Fournette leading the way with 21 carries for 79 yards and had a 315-259 yard total offense advantage.
Crimson Tide center Ryan Kelly was obviously pleased with handing Miles’ just his fourth Saturday night loss at a place nicknamed Death Valley.
“To do it like this in Death Valley, I don’t know if that was a glamour thing or not, but there were two great football teams,” Kelly said. “We both ad great defenses, and it was a match to the very end. To me, this is football.”
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