Jordan Jefferson hadn't thrown for more than a 100 yards since September 4 in the season opener against North Carolina. For that matter, he hadn't tossed a touchdown since the same game.
After three years in Baton Rouge, Saturday goes down as Jefferson's most memorable afternoon in an LSU uniform.
Miles went to Michael Ford four times, Richard Murphy twice and Spencer Ware twice. The other 24 running back touches belonged to Stevan Ridley, who rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown. On his scoring drive, the Tigers rushed the ball 11 times for 77 yards – 47 of which were gained by Ridley.
Wide receivers have to operate on a short memory, putting missed opportunities in the rearview and keeping an eye on the road ahead. When he dropped a pass that would have moved LSU into field goal range just before the half, the sophomore wide receiver – who went to the locker room without a first-half catch – asked the coaches to look back in his direction.
In the second half, Randle reeled in three catches for 125 yards and touchdown – a 75-yard strike from Jefferson that shot the Tigers with a bolt of energy. His third catch proved just as big, a 47-yard, third-down toss from Jarrett Lee that allowed the Tigers to drain the clock down to 18 seconds before Alabama regained possession.
Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones finished with a team-high 10 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown, but this time Patrick Peterson and the Tigers came out on top. Having never beaten Alabama during his time at LSU, Peterson was third on the team in tackles (8) and recorded the most pass break ups (3) of anyone on either side.
Josh Jasper didn't field a bouncing, over-the-shoulder pass, but the LSU special teams ace hit field goals of 45, 39 and 35 yards for nine of LSU's 24 points. He also converted on a fake punt on fourth down early in the third quarter. Though the 29-yard keeper by Jasper continued a drive that ended with a missed field goal, the aggressive tone from Les Miles was set.