BATON ROUGE --- The count in the Les Miles-Nick Saban rivalry is back even.
“My team likes to get into tight quarters, and they play,” said LSU coach Les Miles in his post-game press conference.
“It was a field goal kicker who came back after a disappointing miss. It’s a two-quarterback system where both quarterbacks contributed significantly. It was a running back corps and a running back that played with real strength. A wide receiver who dropped the ball and came back in and made big plays in key times of the contest to win it.”
Yet, the most memorable moment came on a 4th-and-1 reverse to tight end Deangelo Peterson with 9:51 in the game. Down by one, the Tigers used the subsequent touchdown and two-point conversion to pull ahead for good.
Despite calling a timeout prior to the play, Miles said hesitation to pull the trigger was never the issue.
“It would be a mistake not to give the opportunity for Deangelo Peterson to have a play a like that,” he said.
LSU finished the night as dominator’s of the stat sheet for the first time all season.
LSU’s rushing attack outgained Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson by 225 yards to 102. LSU’s offense totaled 433 yards, while Alabama’s went for 325. Both teams had 65 snaps.
The Tide turned it over twice: a fumble and an interception.
The Tigers went without a turnover.
“We just said we were going to come in here, turn it up, and we did,” said running back Stevan Ridley. “It was time for us to step up. It was time for us to play some football.”
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